Elliptigo - the first week
They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Well, WOOF WOOF, this trail runner has mastered a new trick!! Riding the giant grasshopper!
I've learned that balance is not one of my strengths. And, getting to grips with riding the Elliptigo was not immediately easy as is it has been for other people that had a go. My mum managed to turn a tight corner within seconds of getting on and my brother looked like he WAS the grasshopper. I'm a bit slower, but if I can do it, anyone can!
My first few sessions out on Simon (the Elliptigo) were all about taking my time and getting the feel of standing up while moving on wheels. You definitely feel more exposed compared to being on a bicycle. And there is no time to completely relax as you always need to be balancing and holding in your core muscles.
At my first road junction I discovered a problem. I couldn't balance and hold on with one hand to indicate. Eeeeeks! As I train more on the 'Go' my core is getting stronger and I can actually show people where I'm moving in the road.
Gliding down hills and feeling the breeze against your whole body is an awesome feeling of exhilaration. But the best thing about riding on the Elliptigo is watching the reactions on other peoples faces as I pass them. People are gobsmacked and then break out into a huge smile.
My first ride was about 5km on day one, and after a week of increasing the distance and adding in the trailer occasionally, I managed to do a full day with all my kit by the end of the week. From zero, to a 75km adventure in one week, is a pretty cool achievement. And, I LOVE IT! It's so much fun.
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16/5/2017 07:27:25 pm
Welcome! My 'grasshopper' is green also. If you're ever planning to come to Kent, please get in touch.
17/5/2017 04:24:03 am
If I'm ever down that way I'll definitely let you know though I'm mostly based around the north and midlands. It's great to hear that people out there also love the grasshopper! ?
17/5/2017 11:03:31 am
GO girl! It won't take you too long to be Oz-ready with the ElliptiGO. You will quickly become aware that it will mesh with, and even enhance your already proven abilities. :)
18/5/2017 07:33:50 am
Ah, thanks Tom. I can't believe how quick I'm improving actually. And how much I'm loving it too. It really is so much fun. And giving me buns of steal!!
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