Mini Transat: Horses on the track:
(November 1, 2017) – The start of this second and final leg of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère commenced with some apprehension for the two week transatlantic course as a concerning weather forecast has dictated a change of course via the Cape Verde islands. Once the island of Gran Canaria is behind them, the fleet will be tasked with the tactical decision of gybing along the African coast, risking fisherman or worse, or hooking into the Western Sahara winds and riding them offshore. Full story.
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Relentlessness of the Volvo Ocean Race:
Ireland’s Annalise Murphy is among the Olympic medalists from the Rio 2016 Games competing in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. Here she reports for The Irish Times after the opening leg from Spain to Portugal.
Getting this first leg out of the way has helped banish any doubts I had about making the decision to suspend my Laser Radial Olympic campaign for Tokyo 2020 and undertake an ocean race.
The two events couldn’t be more different even though both are all about sailing. At least with Olympic sailing you ge…
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In 1998 Icon Fitness bought NordicTrack over from their original owners. Icon Fitness was one of the market leaders at the time that had their line of products sold by the big retailer Sears. When they introduced the NordicTrack EXP1000 they made a revolutionary treadmill for the time being. The main features where the durasoft shock absorption that makes sure you have a secure and safe run, the iFit technology; they were one of the first to introduce a custom made running program that goes along with the customer, the NordicTrack EXP 1000 got a really big tread belt (20 inches by 55 inches) and they introduced the Spacesaver system; a system where everybody could have a treadmill because it’s foldability people with little space could get a treadmill.
A couple of years after introducing the EXP1000 on the market the first complaints were coming in. After all it seemed that there were a few weaknesses that made the EXP1000 customers very mad. The biggest fallback was that it was made of cheap parts. Instead of metal parts Icon Fitness used plastic. Another complaint of the customers were electric grounding problems. For the time there was a good warranty on the Nordictrack treadmill, only the customers had the complaint that the machines broke down shortly after the warranty
It was no surprise that the continuator of the EXP1000 was not as big as a success. The continuator, the NordicTrack EXP2000, did have almost the same flaws as the EXP1000 only Icon Fitness improved their service. Just recently Icon Fitness and NordicTrack stopped producing these treadmills.
Nowadays they are manufacturing better quality treadmills with a lot high tech features. They improved their warranty with a lifetime guarantee on the frame and motor. It is obvious that Icon Fitness learned from their mistakes in the past and are now having a better and more quality treadmill available for their customers. It was a long, hard road to producing a good treadmill.
Peter Murphy is a professional athlete and have worn out a lot of treadmills. He tested the NordicTrack EXP1000 and NordicTrack EXP2000 in the past and loves making reviews about treadmills.
He is nowadays running every morning 20 miles and in the winter testing other treadmills.