Meet Ryan, an iFit trainer. Ryan almost killed me today. Let’s go to the beach, he said. It’ll be fun, he said. Do you know how hard it is to pedal through wet sand? I didn’t either, though I had my healthy suspicions. My legs fell off halfway through and I had to get off the bike and do a kind of crab walk back to grab them. It wasn’t pretty, nor was it graceful. An allen wrench, duct tape and some W2-40 later, I was back in business.
Let’s review, the beautiful Chile. ¡Olé!
We hit the beach right away to do some long interval training. Pedaling through sand is a test. It’s a time of patience, resistance and endurance. The water was beautiful and my trainer encouraged me to stay with him. By the end, I was mapping out a target on the back of his head.
Up hills, down hills and through woods we went. We saw llamas, chickens, goats and a dog. We saw a truck parked with a surf board hanging out the back bed. Apparently it was a low key, chill kind of small town known for its surfing and big waves. Hand me a taco, Google translate and I could dig it for awhile. 🌮
And then Ryan went crazy. Ryan went back into the woods near the end of the workout and he went fast. Really fast–downhill. I thought I was witnessing Ryan’s last moments as he turned his head back at me through the forest of pine trees. Up, Ryan went on hills. He zigged; he zagged. There he flew…there he landed. He skirted dirt ramps and hugged sharp turns like a pinball in a pinball machine. It was like skateboarding on a bicycle while doing parkour. Intense.
I survived; I’m still here. Ryan, I hope, is still safe out there, too. If the real Ryan ever reads this, ignore my sarcasm and humor on here–you did a great job. Just respect the laws of physics next time, would you? 😉
See you tomorrow for Day 5, Arcians. Keep on riding and writing. Ker-kaw! 🚴♀️🇨🇱