Pulled the trigger

I am a 69 year old male who has run for almost 40 years ,42 thousand miles, 300+ races of all kinds and has missed running for the past year and a half because of increasingly arthritic hips. I got both my hips replaced on November 14th and 16th of 2017. The method was the anterior approach and the joints are ceramic ball with plastic cup. Eleven days out from surgery there is still swelling and some pain,but I have been able to walk without aids on the treadmill and outdoors for distances from 3/4 to 1.5 miles the past several days. I have been doing the PT exercises and look forward to doing more distance and strength work as my healing progresses. I was able to keep my aerobic fitness and leg strength prior to surgery thanks to a device called the Bionic Runner. The BR gave me a running level workout as measured by heart rate and was just plain fun to use on the paths and trails I love.

My hope is to return to running at least 30% with the other 70 still on the BR,and eventually to racing by next Fall. This forum has been a real help and inspiration in keeping me focused on getting it done and moving on.  Thanks, Tom, and all of you whose stories and comments have been such great motivation.

5 thoughts on “Pulled the trigger

  1. Hi togasurfer! I am a couple of years behind you in age with similar time as a runner (but much less mileage). That did not stop my hips wearing out though…
    As a result of your post I checked out the Bionic Runner, and as a result of that I have a discount code that knocks $500 off the basic Gen2 model – sore tempted to get one.
    Have tried the Elliptigo a few years ago but this machine looks a lot more practical and useful to an old runner – thanks!
    Have a happy recovery!

  2. Hi Pete, I actually bought an Elliptigo 8r and rode it for a few months prior to buying the Bionic Runner. It was a nice workout, but I could not get the intensity I wanted. After reading a review on a website called standupandride I decided to go for the BR and what a difference. The Predator model that I bought added a lot of gyro directional stability compared to the elliptigo ,but the real differences were the free floating foot pads , the intensity of the workout ,and the seamless shifting of the infinitely variable transmission. If you contact Carol or Steve Cranitch at BR ,tell them Neil Hannon referred you and ask about their discount program for those willing to demo and review the BR, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
    Good luck too on your hips,I could not tell if you have already had THR yet ,but in any case the BR will help you extend the life of your old ones or get you ready to run on the new. My surgeon just cleared me on my one month post op to do everything but run [two more months] and no lifting over 50 pounds. I am on the BR this past week and am thrilled to be able to train in the zone and hit the max at will. It is snow and ice here so the Cycleops trainer will have to do for a few months.

    1. Hi Neil, thanks for this. Tried to find you in the members list but no luck so replying here.
      Where are you based? I’m in the UK but the Run4 dealership seems to cover the whole of Europe and prices are quoted in Euros, not sure if your intro would help..
      Yes, I have my THR, since May 2nd, and also a BHR from 3 years ago. Mainly running 5k races on Saturdays and gradually getting faster but latest hip resents running much more than this hence my interest in the Bionic Runner. Plus my wife has been struggling a bit with ITB problems so it could help her as well. Like the fold up model for transportation, and price!

  3. Pete, I am in New York, upstate. You can contact me at nch7athotmail.com. BR is a pretty small outfit ,so the personal approach may still work, good luck.

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