UPDATE: I bought a new ElliptiGO and I am thrilled with the purchase!
After 10 weeks of ElliptiGOing, I have accumulated a total of over 1500 miles. I do not get the joint pains that I was getting when I tried to run post hip surgery. Sure, it is expensive, but I am selling stuff on eBay to pay it off and it is the best purchase that I have made in years. Make sure, if you are serious about getting one to get at least the 8 speed model. You can see many posts I have made about the ElliptiGO, but here is one on how I did a 104 mile hilly century (8000+ feet of elevation after only 6 weeks on the ElliptiGO). Here is a post about the first ElliptiGO race on the east coast. I was fortunate enough to win it and I hoping to see many other races pop up as it was a total blast. I give the highest recommendation to the ElliptiGO. I haven't had so much fun exercising and being pain-free while doing so in years.
This is a serious post. I am hoping that maybe someone with a used ElliptiGO is looking to sell it for some reason or another. I would be interested in hearing from any such people. The news I am getting this week about my hip is not good. I tried one of these at the Boston Marathon Expo and enjoyed the running motion (it was only on an indoor trainer), but it felt natural and easy unlike the feeling I get an elliptical machines. Last week I signed up for the first ElliptiGO race to be held in New England at the New England ElliptiGO Summer Classic. I am renting an ElliptiGO for the race. The race is only five miles, but the next day there is a 20 mile or so group ElliptiGO run. If my hip feels better, there is even a 5 mile running race soon after the ElliptiGO race. But that is not enough for me. I could see me doing this full time if I can no longer run.
While I am not hearing good news about my hip, I am hoping for the best (it is hard to believe everything you hear and whether it is the real truth), but I am not anywhere close to even running right now as I work through therapy. I do have a 5k race in Hollis next week that I will just jog through (a first) and the Falmouth Road Race in August that I am signed up for (another jog and hopefully not my final Falmouth), but a small part of me is dreading the thought that those might be my farewell races to running.
I can ride my bikes, but cycling is what started this whole hip thing years ago and it does aggravate my back. I can also ride my Kickbike a bit. It is gentler than running, but I am not sure the pushing off and the positioning is best for my hip. If I had the money, I'd buy an ElliptiGO right away and start training as much as I can. That is the problem with the ElliptiGO. It is too expensive. However, if someone has one they are looking to sell at a good price, I would be very interested. I would put it to good use right away.
If someone has one to sell. contact me at marathonnh (at) yahoo.com or through this page. I do not mind the dorkiness factor. I would not let it sit idle in my garage. I would ride it 100 miles as soon as I could. I have done 127 miles straight (see Concord Monitor article) on a Kickbike and this looks to be a more gentle motion. My hip might start liking me for a change, instead of reminding me that I have put too many miles of running over the 40 years I have called myself a runner. I also like being at the beginning of fitness trends. I started running in 1973 at the beginning of the running boom, ran my first marathon in 1977 as that was taking off, completed my first Ironman distance triathlon in 1983, before fewer than 10,000 people had completed one. I got into bike racing before Greg Lemond won his first Tour de France and I got into kickbiking and snowshoe racing pretty early. I am still waiting for kickbiking to take off, but maybe I can be one of the first ElligtiGO racers, before all the other broken down running discover this new way to move and it gets more popular!
Here is an interesting video showing how similar riding an Elliptigo is to running featuring Ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes.
I am getting tired of sitting on my butt. This looks like the next best thing that is similar to running that I can find. If you are interested in selling a used ElliptiGO and this post is still up, then I am still interested in talking with you.