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September 30, 2006

Beware evil treadmills - or: I am such an idiot.

Greetings from Seattle.

More on the trip later, but I need to tell this story while I'm still laughing.

The fitness center at the Renaissance Hotel (Yay, Priceline! $65 a night and it's a junior suite with a view) doesn't have an elliptical trainer, just stepping machines and a bank of treadmills. I don't usually use a treadmill, but I opted for it.

It's chilly here, so I wore a long sleeve shirt over a t-shirt. I also forgot to grab a towel before I got on the treadmill. Note these mistakes well.

After about 7 minutes of brisk walking I started to work up a decent sweat and tried to take my shirt off. While still walking. This involved letting my headphones dangle dangerously down on the treadmill, pulling my shirt over my head while still trying to walk and. . .before I knew it I had been deposited off the back of the treadmill like an OK, Go video.

For some stupid reason I thought I could just jump back on. A moving treadmill. Yup, I pitched forward, did a facefirst pratfall on the machine and then got transported to the back and unceremoniously off the back again. My pride was skinned more than my knees.

The worst thing was the place of course had five or six other people exercising, and they saw it. I felt like my first cat, Winnie, who used to jump onto the back of my folding chairs, causing them to fold right up onto her. She would slink away embarrassed, "I meant to do that . . ."

Posted by Leigh Witchel at September 30, 2006 2:36 PM

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If you decide to use the exercise bicycle, play it safe and be sure to opt for the one with training wheels!

Posted by: Steve at October 1, 2006 1:08 AM

I guess you shouldn't try this then:


Posted by: Steve Keeley at October 1, 2006 5:11 AM

Oh Leigh...

Posted by: Eve at October 1, 2006 9:20 AM

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