Ok, this is a bit embarrassing, but it’s a story that needs to be told :).
Last night I was all psyched up for W5D2 (2x 8 minute runs) and I hit the gym; it was packed with people, so I jumped on a treadmill in a different section than usual and started the run. I hit the 6-minute mark and things are fine, then all of a sudden the treadmill stops. A message scrolls across the screen, something about equipment failure and the machine being blocked. I start panicing: “Shit, is that burning electronics I can smell? Fuck, are people looking around at me?”. I press all the buttons trying to reset it but nadda.
Ugh, I have 2 minutes of running left! I hop onto another machine nearby and start running again. No one in the gym seems to care or notice. Phew. I penalise myself an extra +2 minutes running for the break, but after 3 minutes the same fucking thing happens on this machine. WTF! Same error message, different machine. Hell no, I’m outta here! I cut my workout short and leg it.
I’m not proud of that, but honestly there was no way I was going to go up to a member of staff and tell them I just busted two machines, in front of a full-house in the cardio room. Anyway, y’know, maybe it wasn’t me? Maybe it was two dodgy machines in “another area of the gym that I don’t use much”?
After work today I went back to redo W5D2. There were no “WANTED” posters and it was smiles all around from the reception staff – situation normal. I made sure I was earlier this time and picked my usual machine, my trusted-old-faithful. I start the run and get in the zone, I’m rocking this running thing! After 6 minutes, all of a sudden the treadmill stops and a familiar message appears‚Ä¶
Hahahahahah. There’s really not much else I can do but laugh about this now. Seriously, same fucking message. I tried googling the error to see how bad it is but nothing came up. I also checked the manufacturer’s website, and the “maximum user weight” is like 400lb+, so I don’t really know what was going on except that I was a commonality. There’s a good chance I killed three treadmills this week, or at least wounded them.
The most annoying part of all this? It interrupted C25K! After the machine gave up today I hit the road and finished the running off outside. There a park/cemetery nearby that did the job. I finished the day off but it went more like 6min/4min/8min. The 20-minute run is now scheduled for Saturday but I’m a little disheartened by having to do it outside; on the treadmill I can fix the pace and my plan was to drop it down to 9kph from the start, but now I’m just going to have to wing it. I really want to do W5D3 :).