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I am, without a doubt, cursed with rowing machines. Around halfway into December, the monitor for the rower just started stopping and restarting mid-row. And the company no longer manufactures it, but the current monitor can be installed on my rower. Not cheap—US$300—but I ordered one. Installed it and … it doesn't work. Turns on but it doesn't read the strokes. Watched all kinds of installation videos and tried all the tricks, but nope. Maybe it's defective, I dunno. So I'm waiting on instructions for returning it. But it means I won't have a monitor going forward. I can still row, but I can't see how fast I'm going/how far I've gone. I'm trying to be positive and think that it'll break me of my obsessive self-competition and record keeping. And it's not like I'm training for something, just exercising. Still, how hard should it be to find something that works properly?
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Dr. Medulla wrote:
11 Jan 2021, 4:37pm
I am, without a doubt, cursed with rowing machines. Around halfway into December, the monitor for the rower just started stopping and restarting mid-row. And the company no longer manufactures it, but the current monitor can be installed on my rower. Not cheap—US$300—but I ordered one. Installed it and … it doesn't work. Turns on but it doesn't read the strokes. Watched all kinds of installation videos and tried all the tricks, but nope. Maybe it's defective, I dunno. So I'm waiting on instructions for returning it. But it means I won't have a monitor going forward. I can still row, but I can't see how fast I'm going/how far I've gone. I'm trying to be positive and think that it'll break me of my obsessive self-competition and record keeping. And it's not like I'm training for something, just exercising. Still, how hard should it be to find something that works properly?
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Dr. Medulla wrote:
11 Jan 2021, 4:37pm
I am, without a doubt, cursed with rowing machines. Around halfway into December, the monitor for the rower just started stopping and restarting mid-row. And the company no longer manufactures it, but the current monitor can be installed on my rower. Not cheap—US$300—but I ordered one. Installed it and … it doesn't work. Turns on but it doesn't read the strokes. Watched all kinds of installation videos and tried all the tricks, but nope. Maybe it's defective, I dunno. So I'm waiting on instructions for returning it. But it means I won't have a monitor going forward. I can still row, but I can't see how fast I'm going/how far I've gone. I'm trying to be positive and think that it'll break me of my obsessive self-competition and record keeping. And it's not like I'm training for something, just exercising. Still, how hard should it be to find something that works properly?
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If that's your only mode of exercise - yeah, that's pretty bad. I've gotten to where I use the bike with trainer and no monitor of RPM's or resistance so I just go for time and guess/pick a subjective level of resistance and speed (I alternate a consistent pace for an hour and a Ramones workout - go easy for a track from the first album, then go hard for a song for 45 minutes). If I run or stairmaster, I keep track of pace and incline. The bike workouts are a good relaxing release.

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Kory wrote:
11 Jan 2021, 4:46pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
11 Jan 2021, 4:37pm
I am, without a doubt, cursed with rowing machines. Around halfway into December, the monitor for the rower just started stopping and restarting mid-row. And the company no longer manufactures it, but the current monitor can be installed on my rower. Not cheap—US$300—but I ordered one. Installed it and … it doesn't work. Turns on but it doesn't read the strokes. Watched all kinds of installation videos and tried all the tricks, but nope. Maybe it's defective, I dunno. So I'm waiting on instructions for returning it. But it means I won't have a monitor going forward. I can still row, but I can't see how fast I'm going/how far I've gone. I'm trying to be positive and think that it'll break me of my obsessive self-competition and record keeping. And it's not like I'm training for something, just exercising. Still, how hard should it be to find something that works properly?
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gkbill wrote:
11 Jan 2021, 4:49pm
If that's your only mode of exercise - yeah, that's pretty bad. I've gotten to where I use the bike with trainer and no monitor of RPM's or resistance so I just go for time and guess/pick a subjective level of resistance and speed (I alternate a consistent pace for an hour and a Ramones workout - go easy for a track from the first album, then go hard for a song for 45 minutes). If I run or stairmaster, I keep track of pace and incline. The bike workouts are a good relaxing release.
Yeah, I'm fully committed to rowing. One of the reasons I quit cycling was it was just full-on obsessive speed the whole time. Rowing, apart from also working the upper body, has a rhythm of work and relaxation in ever stroke, which is more appealing. So I'll just go for time now and do my best to push myself without a monitor.
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We got an elliptical because we don't want to go to our super spreader gym right now. VH uses it more than I (if it's above 30, I will walk Scout for 3-4 miles a day - a tired dog is a good dog). It's pretty cool - it has tours of various areas around the world. I did one on a beach in South Africa with penguins.
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JennyB wrote:
12 Jan 2021, 12:37pm
We got an elliptical because we don't want to go to our super spreader gym right now. VH uses it more than I (if it's above 30, I will walk Scout for 3-4 miles a day - a tired dog is a good dog). It's pretty cool - it has tours of various areas around the world. I did one on a beach in South Africa with penguins.
So it has its own monitor and stuff? Cool. It'd be neat if the penguins attacked you, as a spur to work harder. Maybe that's just me.

(Also, for those invested in my life, I exchanged emails with another person at the rowing place who looked at the photo and said, yeah, that thing is busted. So they're sending me a replacement. Hopefully that fixes the problem.)
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Dr. Medulla wrote:
12 Jan 2021, 1:45pm
JennyB wrote:
12 Jan 2021, 12:37pm
We got an elliptical because we don't want to go to our super spreader gym right now. VH uses it more than I (if it's above 30, I will walk Scout for 3-4 miles a day - a tired dog is a good dog). It's pretty cool - it has tours of various areas around the world. I did one on a beach in South Africa with penguins.
So it has its own monitor and stuff? Cool. It'd be neat if the penguins attacked you, as a spur to work harder. Maybe that's just me.

(Also, for those invested in my life, I exchanged emails with another person at the rowing place who looked at the photo and said, yeah, that thing is busted. So they're sending me a replacement. Hopefully that fixes the problem.)
It does! And I like that idea.

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I took two weeks off from running after my positive COVID test on NYE and did my first run today. Out of curiosity, I did my timed 3.75 mile run and came in at a solid 28:15. For reference, my last timed runs over the last month or two were 27:42, 27:29, 27:45, 27:48, 28:12.

So my slowest in awhile, but not too far off what you'd expect from taking two weeks off from running. My first two miles were strong, but the last two is where I lost pace/energy. Cool to see that my symptoms were mild enough that it didn't seem to affect my cardio.
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matedog wrote:
15 Jan 2021, 8:01pm
I took two weeks off from running after my positive COVID test on NYE and did my first run today. Out of curiosity, I did my timed 3.75 mile run and came in at a solid 28:15. For reference, my last timed runs over the last month or two were 27:42, 27:29, 27:45, 27:48, 28:12.

So my slowest in awhile, but not too far off what you'd expect from taking two weeks off from running. My first two miles were strong, but the last two is where I lost pace/energy. Cool to see that my symptoms were mild enough that it didn't seem to affect my cardio.
Good for you! I'm sure you've heard it before, it's not a race, you're in it for the duration, your stamina will return, don't over do it.
Me, I haven't run for about 6 weeks, one of my knees is hurting, so I'm trying to heed my own advice and give it time to mend. Tried a 3.5 mile walk 2 weeks ago, too soon, hurt the rest of the day and the next.

Someone mentioned alternatives to running. I've had a treadmill, hated it, sold it. We have an elliptical, but I can't go long on it either. I do use it for a warm up each morning before I run to loosen up the old joints. But even with a TV mounted on the wall in front of it, I can't seem to go for any real length of time.
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matedog wrote:
15 Jan 2021, 8:01pm
I took two weeks off from running after my positive COVID test on NYE and did my first run today. Out of curiosity, I did my timed 3.75 mile run and came in at a solid 28:15. For reference, my last timed runs over the last month or two were 27:42, 27:29, 27:45, 27:48, 28:12.

So my slowest in awhile, but not too far off what you'd expect from taking two weeks off from running. My first two miles were strong, but the last two is where I lost pace/energy. Cool to see that my symptoms were mild enough that it didn't seem to affect my cardio.
That's got to be a relief, given how varied the effects of the virus are (assuming yours wasn't a false positive, which still seems a reasonable possibility).
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