Wednesday, September 13, 2006

My Midlife Crisis is Finally here

Updated Sep 13th, 10:40 PM. See post script below



Meet my new toy:  Trikke.

I had never bought anything in response to a TV imformercial, but this time, I caved.

As you can see, it looks like a scooter with 3 small wheels, but there is no built-in motor or pedaling mechanism.

Watch this guy work it.




I was so intrigued by the physics of its forward movement with seeming ease from the rider. It reminded me of the Segway without a built-in motor and the $5,000 price tag.



So the very next day I drove over to a local Sports Chalet store to pick one up. Couldn't wait four weeks for the shipment to arrive. Brought it home, and stood on it with my hands on the handle bars and feet on the foot pads.

Nothing happened. After watching the forementioned video clip, I attempted to mimic his dance moves only to roll backward. That was last Friday.

It took a great deal of humility to sit down and watch the instructional DVD, and today, I finally got into a rhythm and hit the "sweet spot". You should have seen me rock and roll up and down the parking lot and around the block several times for almost two hours.

Was about 11 PM when I finally got in, and I am itching to go back out again. Two thumbs up!

Update
After Two hours yesterday and another hour today of reveling in the novelty of this contraption, I am finding about the muscles that I didn't know I had before. If you happen to get one, just don't over do it.

28 Comments:

At September 13, 2006 2:48 AM, Blogger Brian Buriff said...

I will be waiting anxiously to see a video of you on it...with your dog chasing you, of course.

 
At September 13, 2006 7:05 AM, Blogger Bruce said...

This ought to be good. I'm like Brian - can't wait to see the video. I'm guessing, from looking at the video, that it's pretty good exercising also.

B~

 
At September 13, 2006 7:39 AM, Blogger David Cho said...

I don't have a video recorder though, so that is not likely to happen anytime soon...

Yes, it is a great exercise.

 
At September 13, 2006 8:50 AM, Blogger Oricon Ailin said...

Wicked cool!!!!

 
At September 13, 2006 2:23 PM, Blogger Brian Buriff said...

David, do you snow-ski, roller-skate or ice-skate? The in-out leg rythem thing that offers momentum looks similar in concept.

And if not a video recorder, a snapshot posted on your blog will do just fine!

 
At September 13, 2006 4:07 PM, Blogger Amber said...

I agree ... we need pictures of you on this thing. You're actually doing quite well with your mid-life crisis ... most guys go for some kind of red sports car and wear bad jewlery.

 
At September 13, 2006 4:18 PM, Blogger David Cho said...

Brian, you are probably right. What is different about this one is that you are not wearing them the way you wear skis or skates, so you can't really integrate walking and running. You just have to kick out one foot at a time as you lean side to side.

Amber, this is only the beginning, I'm afraid. What should I wear? Spandex?

 
At September 13, 2006 6:04 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

Nah...I don't want to see your dog chasing you...I want you to teach him to ride that thing! DO IT! I'm sure he's smart enough! Now THAT would be a great photo op!

 
At September 13, 2006 10:15 PM, Blogger Anne said...

That is too cool! I want one.

 
At September 14, 2006 8:09 AM, Blogger Granny said...

It looks like fun but moderation please.

 
At September 14, 2006 8:14 AM, Blogger Dave Taylor said...

So where do you attach the wire basket so you can take it to the grocery store?

 
At September 14, 2006 10:31 AM, Blogger J.OTIS MERSTER said...

So will you ride it to work, or to Starbucks?? It's always more fun to ride my attention-getting recumbent trike to a destination.

 
At September 14, 2006 11:21 AM, Blogger Mad Anonyethelmous said...

I. HAVE. TO. HAVE. ONE.



NOW.

 
At September 14, 2006 11:44 AM, Blogger David Cho said...

@Sara, I'd be on the road making millions if I could get my dog to ride it. Have you seen this skateboarding dog?

@Dave, the basket would go right behind the pole. Seen people carry a lot of stuff.

@merster, do you have one too?

@mad, you should get one. Blog about it once you do.

 
At September 14, 2006 3:00 PM, Blogger The Gig said...

What does "K" and Tamsy think about your new contraction? Does your little man want a turn on it???

 
At September 14, 2006 4:20 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

Good thing you didn't shell out the bucks for a Segway..just saw on the news that they had to recall thousands of them because they are throwing people off or something. (I was only half listening)!!

 
At September 14, 2006 6:20 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

Oh..and I actually had seen the skateboarding dog! Too fun!

 
At September 14, 2006 6:41 PM, Blogger A thinker said...

Cool!! It looks like fun.

I would pay big money to see you on this, David :)

 
At September 15, 2006 5:03 AM, Blogger Brotha Buck said...

David, funny thing is, Gig, for some reason, thought this was my blog. She called me last night wondering about my new contraption that I blogged about. I had no idea what she was talking about until I saw your comment at my blog.

I'm scared to get old.

 
At September 15, 2006 10:02 AM, Anonymous fr'nklin said...

WOW! That looks awesome!!!! I think me and my kids would LOVE one! I'm def'ly checking this out! Seems like GREAT and FUN exercise. You MUST video soon...

 
At September 15, 2006 10:33 AM, Blogger David Cho said...

@sarah, I thought the whole point about the Segway was that it was impossible to fall. I think I remember Bush falling off on his first try.

@thinker, I will have to open up a Paypal account

@buck, LOL. I will have to let Gig speak for herself.

@frank, yes you should.

 
At September 15, 2006 2:27 PM, Blogger Friar Tuck said...

Hey there. Looks like fun.

I want one. How fast does it go? How far could you go on it do you think?

 
At September 16, 2006 12:09 PM, Blogger ManNMotion said...

Those trikes are too fun!

 
At September 16, 2006 12:24 PM, Blogger David Cho said...

The company that makes it claims you can go up to 20 miles an hour on a flat surface.

It depends on how good you are.

 
At September 19, 2006 5:19 PM, Blogger The Gig said...

I have often said that "I must be living in the "Twilight" zone because when I first read this post, for some reason I thought I was in Buck's blog. Well we will just chalk it up to age.

 
At September 19, 2006 8:09 PM, Blogger Brian Buriff said...

David, where have you been? Amber and I have missed seeing a new post. We love your blog. Did you fall off your new toy and hurt yourself? If so, we'll be praying for you!

 
At September 19, 2006 10:55 PM, Blogger Mike Y said...

Congrats on the purchase! I have seen them before and have thought about how neat it would be to own. Good for you :)

 
At September 20, 2006 12:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this blog is so freakin funny

 

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