Sunday, December 04, 2005

TREADMILL TROUBLES

A week or so ago, I mentioned that our treadmill kept stopping the last time I was on it. It seems to work when my wife walks, but not when I run. I called the guy that services treadmills and it was going to be at least $125 just to have him come out and look at the thing. He sounded like he really wasn’t interested in driving to my house to look at a 7 year old treadmill. However, he was nice enough to give me a list of things to look at. I did what he suggested, cleaned out all the dog hair and pushed in all the connectors.

I haven’t had a chance to test it out yet. Today was going to be the day. I thought about doing my whole run on the treadmill while watching football, but I was afraid to commit to a mill that’s been on the fritz. Instead, I would head outside for a 10 mile run. When I was done with that I hit the mill for another 2 miles. If it worked, great, if not, I’d just call it 10 miles for the day.

Most of the outside running was fine. I’m not really sure why Apple Valley can’t plow their pathways though. Maybe because it’s the weekend or the workers were tired from plowing roads. Luckily, Eagan, the town just north of me, did plow their paths and I was able to run the majority of my run there.

The treadmill seemed to be working fine – at least for 2 minutes it did. Then it shut itself off again. This time there wasn’t any power. I figured I’d blown a fuse. I replaced two of the fuses and my wife walked on it without any problems – although she says it smells a little lately. I haven’t had the courage to get back on that thing yet. It’s like a bucking bronco and I’m tired of it stopping on me all the sudden.

4 comments:

psbowe said...

It sounds like it's time for a new treadmill. I'm sure you and your wife would both appreciate that.

Me, personally not a fan of treadmills, but if I don't really have an choice b/c of weather, etc then I'll use one.

Great job on the 10!

Chad Austin said...

Yeah we'd appreciate everything about a new treadmill except shelling out 2 grand.

Treadmilldoctor.com had some ideas for troubleshooting. I think I'll try those out first.

Susan said...

Wow, that's some serious cash - think of all the shoes and Yaks you could buy.

Chad Austin said...

Actually it's worth it. Before we got our treadmill, if it was "too hot, too cold, too snowy, or too dark" outside, I'd just take the day off. Now I'm much more consistent.

Plus it helps that Amy walks on it nearly every day. So it's not just viewed as mine.