Treadmill Dies

Well, as usual, timing seems to be perfect. I was about 30 minutes into a treadmill routine last night when the treadmill decided to die on me.

I was walking along at about a 4.0 mph clip when it suddenly stopped. Of course, I didnt stop that fast and promptly walked into the front end. No big deal, but it was a bit of a shock. I took a quick look at it and nothing stood out as wrong. I will have to troubleshoot it this weekend and see if I can figure out what’s wrong. I suspect the motor is fried.

The treadmill really doesnt owe me anything as we bought it six years ago and it has gotten plenty of use. I am just not sure I want to spring for another now since I just got the final bill for the Celebrity Mercury Mexico cruise this November and the final bill for the Celebrity Mercury Alaska cruise in June will be due shortly after the first of the year. Throw in Christmas and a few other things, and the timing for another big expenditure just isnt right.

Unfortunately, the treadmill has become a big part of my exercise routine in conjunction with my NutriSystem diet in an effort to lose some weight. Most of my workouts consist of cadio activities and the treadmill lead the way. I fear that, withouth the treadmill, my workouts will get shorter and less numerous. We do have the bowflex in the garage and some aerobic workouts (mainly Maya Yourself Fitness on the Xbox) but they are not my favorite.

Walking outside is just not the same and at least for me, is harder to get as good a workout as the treadmill. The treadmill makes you do more or else fall off the back. I guess I will have to take a look at a new one or some other option like an ellipitacl trainer or stairmaster. Argh….