Thanks so much to my brother and dad who repaired my elliptical machine for me over the weekend. It had been out of commission for a few months, but I finally found the parts required online at FitnessRepairParts.com, ordered them and then with a little (okay, a lot) of elbow grease and ingenuity the thing finally got repaired.
Alas, this was not a repair for the casual handyman. But fortunately for me, my brother is a former bike repair mechanic, plus his home workshop is way beyond that of the traditional home workshop. That, coupled with the the fact that he loves to always figure out a way to make something work and is pretty tenacious about it (these days he is an Engineer - no surprise there), sometimes to the total frustration of Heather who has to drag him in from his shop by his ear.
Anyway, the elliptical machine is fixed and since today was a cross-training day for me, I jumped on it for the first part of my workout. To be honest, I had forgotten about what a really intense workout the elliptical can provide, especially if you up the resistance level just a bit. I'm guessing after being away from it for a while, I might be feeling it a bit tomorrow. I'll let everyone know!