“New” Indoor Rowing Machine

Health and Fitness — Jeff Eske on August 10, 2012 at 9:56 am

In past years, I did a fair amount of bicycling, but as I’ve gotten older, and drivers seem to have gotten worse, I’ve become less inclined to ride.  I’d love to do triathlons, but swimming like a rock and bad knees makes that kind of a “no-go” at this point.  I wanted something that allowed me to train with a minimum of time/travel, but that had a competitive component to it.

A few years ago, I read an article about indoor rowing, written by Clarence Bass.  Indoor rowing looked like a great idea. I could train at home, but still compete against people worldwide.  For me, competition is VITAL to me really sticking to something.  If there isn’t an opportunity to always getting better, then it’s hard to accel.  I let the rowing idea kick around in my head, but never really did anything about it.  Then, a couple of weeks ago, I was surfing Craigslist and, on a lark, searched for “rowing”, just to see what was out there.  Low and behold, there was a Concept2 rower listed.  The price listed was way above what I was hoping for, but I decided to inquire anyway.  After an email conversation, it appeared that the seller wasn’t a scammer and she was willing to come down considerably on price.  I purchased it and drug it home.

Once I got it home, I found out that it was even better than I hoped!  It’s in perfect shape and has very few meters on it.  It was listed as a PM2, indicating that it had a PM2 power monitor on it.  In fact, it actually has a PM3 power monitor.  It also came with the heart rate monitor receiver.  Turns out, that HRM receiver even picks up my cheap Timex HRM strap!  Due to the fact that the monitor is a PM3, I’m able to hook it up to my computer and upload my workouts to the Concept2 online logbook directly.  The best thing – the former owner told me that the machine has “good karma”.  Can’t beat that.  I’ve only used it a couple of times now, but have been able to post times that have me ranked at 184th worldwide and 51st in the US in the 500m and 161th worldwide and 41st in the US in the 1000m, for my age group.  I don’t think that’s too bad for someone that’s just starting out.  Good Karma indeed.

Jeff

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