“Later I kept raising my game as an athlete, and I started training with really good people from my town.” He ended up competing in such hardcore events as the 223km Ruta de los Conquistadores, from Jacó to Limón.
He says the ride around Arenal Lake is a recreational event, not a competitive one, so it attracts all kinds. For competitive events, he says he trains at least two hours a day from Tuesday to Friday, four to five hours on Saturday and Saturday, and takes Mondays off. He eats lots of fruit and vegetables and quality carbs, plus low-fat chicken and fish. The week before a race, he says he increases his intake of water and carbs.
“The mental part is very personal,” he said. “At least in my case I don’t stress out, I think of it as just a ride, so that I approach it with all the calm in the world.”
The Arenal event is organized by the Recreational Cycling Association of Tilarán, a nonprofit organization dedicated to having fun in a healthy way. Its mission is to promote sports-related causes and also to support other nonprofit organizations that need financial assistance in this region.
The ride begins in Tilarán, to the west of Lake Arenal, and then skirts the southwestern edge of the lake until arriving in La Fortuna, where the first day’s ride ends. On the second day, cyclists turn around and retrace mostly the same route.