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Pleasantly exhausted....

I got my last birthday present today. It was partially from my folks and partially from myself.

It's an erg (i.e. rowing machine) from www.concept2.com

Not the cheapest toy ever, but definitely something that meets my current needs and which I know I will use a lot. We had one in both dorms I lived in during college and I really enjoyed using them frequently. Now, I can work out whenever I want and I can do it without worrying about getting hurt (very intense no impact workout, perfect). That was the main reason I didn't pursue Rugby now that I'm out of college. Getting hurt when a big part of my job requires that I be out and about on jobsites etc... is a Bad Thing. I will risk it snowboarding and mountain biking, but I know that if I'm careful and I don't hot dog it too much, I probably won't get seriously hurt (unlike say Rugby were someone else could try to take my head off).

This new erg is just, wow. I actually got their newest model (which was just released this month). It's pretty damn impressive (hey, how many pieces of exercise equipment come with a USB port? ;). Today, I did ~500m for warm-up, a fast 5,000m work out and a 500m cool down (total time about 40min). I will be paying for my enthusiasm tomorrow, but it's good to know that I can hop on and work on this anytime I get stressed or feel the need to do something. Oh, and I really have to give credit to the manufacturer, I'm really impressed with all the support that Concept2 has for their product. I've never seen another piece of exercise equipment that has so much useful maintenance and general workout information and support. Very cool.

Right now, I'm definitely enjoying ye olde runner's high. Anyways, time to shower, brush teeth and pass out.... hopefully in that order.



I should start up using the one in my basement (Jess's) again now that the weather is getting a bit cooler/crappier; just have to demildew/demold the basement after the summer rainy season.

That's got to be one of the most perfectly timed arrivals- sounds like you needed a new serious workout toy about now.
It was indeed a perfectly timed arrival.

Now I just need to figure out how much I need to use it in order to see the physical improvements I need to so. So far in the 3 days I've had it, I've seen an improvement on my 5,000m time.

Based on what I was reading it looks like I need to aim for 10,000m/workout 5-6 times a week in order to see the really good weightloss/conditioning. I figure that if I can keep this pace up for another week or two, I can start adding distance until I get up to that.

Heh, the joys of trying to become less well rounded ;)