I happy to report that I found a replacement for my treadmill. I had been watching Craig’s List since my last one lost its mind. I got my last one for under $50, and it was clear that I wasn’t going to get one this time for such a deal. Saturday I got lucky, and found one that I felt was discounted enough from the original price, and the amount they were asking was something I could live with.
It is now home and I am happy to report that on those days when I can drag myself out into the wind and cold I now have a treadmill to fill in for my daily fitness requirement. It is quieter than the last one and the numbers on the electronic panel are large enough I can see my progress without glasses. No more excuses.
My treadmill’s feedback brain died. It is absolutely the worst possible timing. It will be another few months before those new year’s resolutions treadmills start hitting the classified ads or Craig’s list. In the meantime the days I can’t drag myself out for a walk in the cold I will be walking on the treadmill, never quite sure how far I walked. It isn’t a real big deal since I know my pace after all these years of walking. But as anyone who has ever done treadmill, will verify, there isn’t much more boring that a treadmill. I use that little feedback on the dash to help keep me moving forward. This hiccup isn’t going to stop me, but I am going to be looking for that “steal of deal” on a treadmill with a working brain.
Yesterday I got on the treadmill and it was “not right” Something was wrong with the belt. As much as I hate the treadmill, I hate walking in subzero temperatures and howling winds. As much as I hate spending money, I can’t imagine not having the treadmill option in my home.
So off we went to the local stores to check out the treadmill selection. I can tell you there isn’t much there. Treadmills aren’t glamorous, or trendy. Heck half the year they aren’t even useful. If a person can be outside they will be outside, and your treadmill will be a great clothes rack or junk catcher. They never really go away. I fold mine up when not in use to reduce the floor footprint, but it is still an ugly monstrosity in the room.
Today I plan to get out do some cross-country skiing, and then come home and figure out if my treadmill can be saved. Keep your fingers crossed.