Here and now I would just like to say that my own personal hell is assembling a treadmill. Keep in mind I just spent 4+ hours doing just that.
Let me start with the delivery. At around 10:30 a.m. a nice, very tired looking man backed his semi up to my driveway and unloaded a ginormous 255lb box.Like a kid on Christmas, I ripped the top off and began lugging the manageable pieces to the basement. I had to wait for Aaron to get off work to actually move the deck. Note: Aaron was very, very excited to help me after he had worked on his feet all day.
There were 9 different types of screws/bolts, 4 different kinds of washers and it was so hard to tell certain lengths or diameters apart. Let me just say that I, Falon Scheer, am not mechincally inclined. No really, I hate all that crap, but when you want to have a treadmill then by god you better put it together. Aaron assisted me, he was really tolerant of my whining and grumbling and he often pointed out when I had shit backwards. This happened a lot.
Now, once we had her put together, I ran upstairs to get changed and go for a run. Hello! This is what it is all about. Right? Umm no... that's wrong.
Lesson #1 for tech morons like me, a treadmill does not work straight out of the box. It may turn on and look functioning, but there is still more work to be done!
So, I mount the treaddie, plug in my ipod and take off... two seconds in and there is a major problem. The belt slips forward when I run... like slips bad as in I will probably fall off.
*This is where I admit that I did not actually RUN on this treadmill before I ordered it. Why? I could not find it ANYWHERE to test drive it, but I did read a billion reviews and scruntize the specs.
So, I am immediately panicking, thinking I just bought a $1,300 piece of crap. I cry, Aaron looks on in horror and after my brain unscrambles I grab the manual.
Apparently, this is not uncommon and I just had to tighten the belt. WHEW! So, I get back on it and I just can't seem to find my groove or keep balance without holding on.
WTF #2? Aaron comments that the incline appears to be sloping down, like I'm running downhill. I dismount and look at the profile. He's right! Again! So, I mess with the settings and calibrate the incline.
|Dear Proform Power 1080, |
I hate you tonight, but I think I'll love you tomorrow.
Now, are you good at assembling things? Is your better half?