When I banged my knee really bad while orienteering I also couldn't bike (though I think I could run, but then I pulled my hamstring so I couldn't do that either). I can't swim (I doggy paddle), so the elliptical was the way for me! I was skeptical about trying to do intervals on it, but my wonderful friends Lisa and Kate sacrificed their own sanity and did intervals with me. It's possible! I got the HR up, felt the burn, and it was a good substitute. I wouldn't recommend it if not necessary because it is a bit tedious, but it's possible! I can send you the workouts that I did if you'd like. We tried to keep them interesting!
Orienteers need to get ahold of a couple of Elliptigos
for people to use when they are injured.
Those sound interesting. Turns out there is a dealer in Poughkeepsie who seems to rent them.
I bought an elliptical 10-12 years ago because Rhonda had to have one. I think I used it about 6 times. Rhonda maybe once. And then it gathered dust for quite a while until a neighbor showed some interest in it, maybe 5 or 6 years ago, so I sold it, pretty much at the start of all these leg and back issues that would have made it a nice thing to have after all.
But the elliptigos look kind of interesting, and maybe worth trying them out.
I have a running friend in Tucson who's been riding one for a couple of years now and seems to really like it. He's done some long rides, including the 106 mile El Tour de Tucson, so it's possible to really get around on it.
You'll probably catch me race walking before riding an Elliptigo. But mostly because I don't have one.
Sam, I remember your elliptical intervals. I think that if I fail a short running test on Tuesday, I'll go find an elliptical and try to do some intervals. It can't be THAT bad if I come prepared with all the technologies, right?