- Power up the PM and access the Main Menu.
- From the Main Menu select More Options > Utilities > More Utilities > Product ID.
The hardware version number will be listed as "PM Hardware Version" near the top of the Product ID window.
When doing an interval workout the monitor appears to freeze after a certain number of intervals.
You are using ReRow/ReSki. This repeats a prior workout with the PaceBoat/PaceSkier set to the speed of the earlier workout. ReRow/ReSki workouts will only have the same number of intervals as the original. If you want to do a larger number of intervals, you will need to create a new interval workout.
Biathlon combines two sports: typically Nordic skiing and target shooting. Races generally consist of three or five laps, with a shooting stage (“range”) between each lap. A penalty is assessed for each missed shot. Most often, this is a penalty lap of 150 extra meters of skiing.
You can use the Biathlon Workout to ski or row intervals alternating with target shooting or some other activity. You can choose from several penalty distances, or no penalty at all:
The computer keeps track of your range time and your total elapsed time. Penalty laps show up on the logged workout detail as a separate interval with zero rest. You can Re-Ski or Re-Row the workout, but penalty intervals and range time will be exactly as they were when you completed the workout originally.
To set up a Biathlon, from the Main Menu choose Select Workout > New Workout > Special > Biathlon.
During set up, choose the number of intervals you want (from 2 to 15), the interval length, and whether you want a penalty (choose from none to 250m in 50m increments). Do your first interval. When you complete it, the rest or range time begins, and the PM will prompt you to stop skiing or rowing. Once you’ve stopped, the penalty screen will appear on the PM:
The Fish Game teaches you how to modulate intensity. The object of this game is to rack up as many points as possible by eating the nutritious fish while avoiding the large, toothy beasts that will send your score plummeting to the ocean floor.
On the PM screen, you're the fish facing the onslaught of fellow ocean-dwellers, both good and not-so-good. Alter your intensity to move your fish up and down the left-hand side of the screen. When an edible “good” fish comes your way, try and gobble it up to get points (small fish are worth 30 points; striped fish are worth 60 points). Avoid the large predators, as they’ll take 45 points off your score if they catch you.
Each game lasts four minutes, with a play again option at the end. Your Fish Game workout information (time, distance, pace per 500 meters, and so on) is saved to your LogCard or PM Memory, just like a regular workout.
To set up a Fish Game:
Stroke rate is the number of strokes you take per minute, or spm (Strokes Per Minute). The PM displays this number in the upper right corner on every workout display.
For rowing, a stroke rate between 24 and 30 strokes per minute is typical for most workouts. When racing, stroke rates are generally a bit higher but usually still below 36.
For skiing, the stroke rate will generally be between 30 and 40.
An important notion to understand is that an increased stroke rate does not necessarily mean that you are working out with more intensity. Instead, the key to increasing intensity is knowing how and when to apply power. Focus on getting as much power as you can into each drive/pull. To focus on this power:
As you do this, watch the PM for immediate feedback on your intensity. As your intensity increases, your pace per 500 meters will decrease, and your watts and calories will increase. For more information on monitoring intensity, see Understanding and Changing Units.
The PM provides three different units for showing your workout intensity:
At any time during a workout or while viewing workout results, press Units or Change Units to view your workout intensity in a different unit; the PM cycles through the different units with each successive push of the button. In addition to pace, watts, and Calories, scrolling through units also displays total time or meters elapsed for the workout or interval, depending on the workout type.
The PM allows you to program several types of workouts…or none at all if that’s your preference. Read on to learn the basics.
If you’re not the button-pushing type, just hop on an indoor rower or SkiErg and start pulling; the monitor will power up and begin displaying your workout data after a few seconds. This type of workout has no set duration and is known as Just Row or Just Ski. When doing a Just Row/Ski, the monitor counts up from zero.
Just Row/Just Ski workouts can be up to 50,000 meters, and you must row or ski for at least one minute for Just Row/Just Ski results to be saved in memory or on your LogCard. For more information, visit Just Row/Ski.
A Single Distance workout is when you program the monitor for a certain distance (500 meters, 5000 meters, 10000 meters, etc.) with the intention of completing the distance programmed. When doing a single distance piece, the monitor counts down from the number of meters programmed and displays the time to the tenth of a second at the finish.
A Single Time workout is when you program the monitor for a certain time (30 minutes, an hour, etc.) with the intention of working out for the amount of time entered. When doing a single time piece, the monitor counts down from the amount of time programmed and displays your total meters at the finish.
Note: This option is available on PM5s only.
A Single Calorie workout is when you program the monitor for a certain number of calories (20, 50, 70, etc.) with the intention of working out until you have burned the number of calories entered. When doing a single calorie piece, the monitor counts down from the number of calories programmed and displays your time to the tenth of the second at the finish. To view how many meters you completed during that time, view the result in memory.
To understand how the Performance Monitor calculates calories, visit the Calorie Calculator page.
Interval workouts are workouts that have periods (intervals) of work followed by rest time during which you might stop completely or, more typically, keep the flywheel spinning at a very easy pace. Interval workouts can be time based, distance based, calories based or variable:
When setting rest time for an interval workout, you can either specify a set amount of time or set the rest time to undefined, which allows the rest interval to be undetermined. Undefined rest is helpful for workouts such as CrossFit workouts that combine indoor rowing/skiing with other activities off the indoor rower or SkiErg (box jumps, kettle bell swings, etc). See Setting Up a Workout with Undefined Rest for more information.
Preset Workouts are pre-programmed workouts—workouts that are already set up in the Performance Monitor. The PM includes five standard workouts and five custom workouts. For more information, see:
Special Workouts include Biathlon and Ergathlon. Biathlon alternates erg work with another test. Traditionally the sport of Biathlon includes target shooting, but any other challenge of accuracy can be used. Ergathlon is an event using all three Concept2 ergs. The PM5 offers a selection of Ergathlon distances to choose from.
Error codes 120- through 129- occur when the monitor is being used with external or third-party software. If you receive this error, you should update the monitor firmware. With the exception of Concept2 ErgData, this error could also indicate a problem with the third-party software and not the monitor. If updating the monitor firmware does not resolve the issue, please report the problem to the software vendor.
The iConnectConcept2 cable is used to connect a PM3, PM4 or PM5 (wired PM5 connections only) to an iOS device for running applications such as ErgData. If you are having trouble connecting the iConnectConcept2 cable to your iOS device, the information on this page may help.
When ErgData prompts you to connect the Concept2 Cable, plug the iConnectConcept2 cable into your iOS device with the bulge facing the front of the iOS device (see image below). The message on ErgData should change to "Please connect the PM." If it does, follow the next prompt displayed. If it doesn’t, or if you are prompted for an update, read on.
To facilitate communication between Concept2 monitors and iOS devices, the iConnectConcept2 cable itself runs firmware. This is separate from the firmware running the Concept2 monitors. The cable firmware is the brain that allows communication between the two devices (the PM and the iOS device) to occur.
When you first plug the iConnectConcept2 cable into the iOS device, it will check for current firmware and prompt you if an update is needed. If you get this prompt:
If you weren’t prompted for a cable firmware update, or if you were and you completed it, and “Please Connect the PM” still does not appear, take the following steps:
When a PM is successfully connected, ErgData will display “PM Connected.” Otherwise, it will continue to display “Please Connect the PM.” If you have plugged the iConnectConcept2 cable into both devices, but ErgData doesn’t recognize the connection, take the following steps: