That would be of life without the unforeseen, those moments in which you have everything organized with so much anticipation, but from one moment to another the planets are aligned so that you have to do exactly the opposite. As well as wanting to go running the 10k of the day, before going to work and never remembered when you turned off the alarm and continued to sleep. Who has not had all the intentions of going to the gym in the middle of rush hour and find all the machines occupied, so you end up doing half the routine. Or perhaps an unforeseen major, such as those suffered by some of my patients frequently, who for work had to travel the next day and disappear for two weeks in the middle of their recovery. Again our creativity comes into play to deal with these situations and thus continue our training without dying in the attempt.

A trip like the one I recently experienced and enjoyed, even though it was planned in advance, was a daily challenge. I had to follow my nutritional plan made especially for my trip and I had to at least maintain the frequency and intensity of my workouts. I began by filling my suitcase with sports clothes and, in between her and the rest of the dress, I hid my cereal bars and galleys that would be my sacred collation for three weeks.

I hoped, in a country as tropical as Costa Rica, to find a great variety of fruits. The pineapple and the mango were by far the best, without leaving aside the natural juice of guava or passion fruit. In addition, I tried strange fruits like the carambola, that in slices has form of star; Or papaya, a round fruit with red hairs and white inside, much like a grape, but larger.

I also imagined myself on many occasions, myself running in the mornings on different beaches, sweating like crazy while doing a good workout routine. I pictured myself jogging on trails in the middle of the jungle or going to the top of a volcano. I promised to do everything I could to accomplish that and more, but it was not easy.

The day after arriving in San Jose, we rented a car for eleven days to tour the Pacific North Coast and downtown. On more than one paradisiacal beach, while my friend was taking a nap or bathing in the warm sea, I managed to make several sets of ten abs, five push-ups and three ten-second plates. The heat and humidity were almost unbearable, so much so that my feet took about a week and a half to compress. Not to mention the thousands of attempts to dry after an ice shower, at any time we were still sweating and the option to put cream was almost nil.

During those days I programmed my alarm about three times, between 6 and 7 in the morning (dawn at 5:30) to go jogging for at least half an hour. The problem is that we went to bed at 4 or 5 in the morning, because part of the trip was to get to know the nightlife of the “Ticos”. Once I trotted through the resort of Jacó, something like Viña del Mar, because of its proximity to the capital, but rather smaller and with rustic style and surfer. It was a very pleasant trot, at last I felt like a sportswoman as it should be, trying to avoid the humidity and the heat, while I used to quote in different stores for a tour of Canyoning.

That same day in the afternoon we walked among plants and trees, with the typical sounds of insects and jungle monkeys. We climbed five waterfalls with only one rope and the strength of our arms. We returned to the beginning of the circuit by a path, by which I took advantage of running down to not lose the physical. In the end we were received with a rich coffee in the purest Costa Rican style.

Although I made all my attempts to train in every place we knew, I knew it was not enough. At least, I managed to maintain a balanced diet, however, there was no one who could not resist a few frozen beers for a dollar and a half.Apart from the fruits, we ate lots of salads and fish because with such heat they did not feel like eating something more caloric. Still, we had to try the typical dishes of the country, like the classic “Casado”. This was usually served in a large oval dish which contained a portion of rice, another of black beans, a portion of salad; Fried plantain and some meat between beef, pork, chicken or sometimes fish. It was a good and relatively inexpensive alternative for lunch.

Once we toured part of the Pacific Coast, we returned to San Jose to deliver the car and continue by bus to the Caribbean coast. In Puerto Viejo we were three days, another tourist town and destination almost forced to cross the border to Panama. We met many people of different nationalities, which allowed us to practice English until the end of our trip. That’s where we rented bikes style of ride, unchanged and so we went five women to travel four beaches for a whole day. We walked about 24 kilometers in total, passing by bridges and some climbs that required more effort to our legs, in my favor.

We visit national parks, reserves, villages and beaches. We enjoyed our last week in Bocas del Toro in Panama.Overall, cheaper than Costa Rica. Bocas was the best to finish the trip.

We took a tour to some paradisiacal islands. This included lunch, snorkeling (practice consisting of swimming and diving with bikinis from Softwareleverage only with a snorkel) and deepboard. Deepboard? I had not heard it in my life either, but it is a sport that uses a small semicircular board, tied to a boat, and a mask equal to that of diving. It was something like snorkeling, but much more adrenalinic. It was by far one of the best experiences, but you have to choose the bikini very well or simply wear a full bathing suit to not suffer any mishap.

Another of the sports we experienced, which I expected many years ago, was to dive. I woke up early that day, a little nervous and with a somewhat dry throat, I think the product of temperature changes. My friend assured me that it was the nerves, but then we realized that she was indeed ill, since I spent two days with a little fever and cough.Despite my cold, having dived up to 12 meters deep and encountered a shark after 7 minutes of immersion, it is priceless! The best thing was to have done two dives of 45 minutes each. In the first she was very focused on not holding the air, she was worried about every thing she felt, thinking if it was normal or not. Once clarified my doubts and with better coordination to breathe and equalize, I was able to enjoy everything that was around me.

So we stayed throughout the trip: trying different foods, meeting incredible people, touring and enjoying beaches and parks, drinking lots of water, defending Chile every time they asked us where we were, listening to reggae atevery corner, taking pictures of landscapes and Selfies for the memory, dancehall dance and reggaetón until we could not more.

Now back to reality. I am happy to have used the time to the maximum, proud of myself for my good performance in sports and food. We are in the final stretch, there is only one month left and something more for my great challenge in The North Face Endurance Challenge. At this point there must be no unforeseen event that can not cope, there are no excuses for not training or time to waste.

I hope that my commitment lasts longer than my Caribbean tan, and I do not decline in the face of the temptations of the eighteen. Let’s see how it goes.

About Daniella Vivallo Vera

He is 27 years old. Kinesiologist, Diploma in Exercise Physiology. Frustrated attempt of professional athlete, photographer, architect.

He practiced trail running 3 years ago and played mainly 9 years in leagues. He works in gym, spinning and strength training and cardiovascular training.

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