Blog 111 > Toying with the Treadmill?

Hmmm, why am I posting about my treadmill? Well, I guess it was to better explain my routine to my kewl California friend Megan (and to myself as well), but it seemed to fit my blog better than my website. For a quick background: Despite owning the treadmill since 2000, at the end of July 2007, I finally started to bump up my simple walking to a partial-running treadmill workout. Then on August 4th, I finally got a real set of running shoes — NIKE Air Max TL3’s — which without question fired up my workout. So comfortable yet light!

Now, after two months, at the end of September, I’ve hit the treadmill — with an action-packed DVD to keep me entertained — for a very consistent distance of 3.0 miles in 45 minutes (averaging 4.0 mph, while ranging from a walking 3.5 mph to a sprinting 6.0 mph, depending on the pace I prefer at various points in a film). And on a near-nightly basis! Not bad at all! So today, in anticipation of somehow taking this up another notch, I bought myself a second pair of the same running shoes! Who knows? I might even be brave enough to try some of the treadmill’s CRAZY training programs below! =)

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My ProForm 940S bike and ProForm 785Pi treadmill, while “The Matrix Revolutions” plays, and “Vampire Hunter D” hangs in the corner.

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The ProForm 785Pi control panel.

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The ridiculously hard trainer programs I’ve never used… yet! For example, the top-most “Low Intensity” workout automatically speeds from 0.0 to 4.0 mph then back down, from 0 to 8% slope then back down, over a 20-minute duration. Meanwhile, the bottom-most “Medium Intensity” workout goes from 0.0 to 5.0 mph, from 0 to 8% slope TWICE, over a 30-minute duration! Gahhh!

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No way! The final “High Intensity” workout whips from 0.0 to 6.0 mph with over a dozen intermediate speed shifts, from 0 to 10% slope with over a half-dozen hills and valleys, over a 40-minute duration! WTF!