Ergathlon allows you to connect up to three different ergs (RowErg, SkiErg, BikeErg) into one workout. As you transition from one erg to the next, the results are combined to give you your final time. Using three ergs with PM5 monitors, you can set up variations of four preprogrammed workouts.
You have two options for connecting the ergs together for each single Ergathlon:
- Use the wireless function on the PM5.
- Wire the ergs together with Ethernet cables.
We recommend wired Ergathlons if you have a PM5 with an entirely silver logo (a Version 1 PM5). If you want to run multiple Ergathlons in the same room, you must use wires to connect the monitors for each Ergathlon.
Ergathlon is only available for the PM5. See the table at the bottom to see which firmware version is required for your monitor. All machines in the Ergathlon will need to be running the correct firmware.
The order of machines on which you complete your Ergathlon is up to you, but you do need to follow the order in which you set them up. For example, if you set up Ergathlon on your SkiErg PM5 first, followed by the BikeErg PM5, then the RowErg PM5, you will need to complete each Ergathlon leg in that order.
You can complete an Ergathlon with just two machines, or you can row, ride, row, etc., if desired. You can also only use each machine once, so if you want to "row, ride, row," you'll need to use two different indoor rowers. If you wish to rank your Ergathlon in the Online Logbook, however, you need to use one erg of each type.
To set up an Ergathlon, from the Main Menu, choose Select Workout > New Workout > Special > Ergathlon > Create Ergathlon on the machine you want to start with.
Choose one of the following preprogrammed options:
- Super Sprint: 500m ski, 1000m bike, 500m row
- Sprint: 2000m ski, 4000m bike, 2000m row
- Middle Distance: 5000m ski, 10,000m bike, 5000m row
- Endurance: 10,000m ski, 20,000m bike, 10,000m row
Go to the next erg you want to use and on the monitor go to Select Workout > New Workout > Special > Ergathlon but this time choose Join Ergathlon.
If you have a third machine, repeat this last step. Once all the ergs are set up, go back to the first one, and press Start Ergathlon.
Recording Your Ergathlon
You can record your Ergathlon and upload it to the Online Logbook using either ErgData or via the Concept2 Utility. The Ergathlon will be saved on the first monitor you set up, so that is the monitor which must be connected to ErgData or have the USB LogBook.
The table below shows the earliest compatible firmware version with Ergathlon. Go to the PM5 Firmware page for information on how to update.
See the Checking Your Firmware Version page if you're not sure what version you're running at the moment.