So here I am getting on my Peloton like I do every day and I choose one of my favorite instructors and some groovy Motown music.
I’m enjoying the ride, working up a decent sweat, and doing ok. I was a bit tired from pushing hard yesterday.
During a Peloton ride you follow along with the instructor in the studio. Some times the studio has live riders and other times the session is just filmed for their digital app. This was a live ride from February on demand.
The instructors will try to call out riders leaderboard names (handles) as well as milestones like 100 rides, birthdays, or such. They also can see the town you are in and any small note you make under your name. A class usually has upwards of 500 riders so there’s no guarantee you get noticed on the leaderboard.
If you’re slow and you’re at the bottom the only way to get noticed it a milestone ride as instructors have a separate section to be sure they try and acknowledge those riders. It’s a big deal and joy to the Peloton cult to have a shout out during a live ride.
The instructors are also so skilled with the cameras they somehow know how to look right into them and speak as though they are speaking directly to you! It makes home riders feel like they are part of the tribe. It’s a pretty amazing thing to feel that way and it’s very encouraging – which is part of the Peloton magic.
Towards the end of my ride the instructor looks directly at the camera and says something along the lines of “shout out to my man, Tony, I got you, you know who you are” and I knew in an instant it was my Tony.
I slipped sideways on the bike and since I was clipped in, ended at an awkward angle that I had to pull myself upright again.
Fucking ouch. That hurt.
Bastard. Why are you always there?
I know it was my Tony because he works with the instructors at Peloton. I just know.
I got off the bike. Text at least 5 friends and then got outside for a long walk.
I bought the bike because Tony worked there and I foolishly thought it would connect me to him somehow. Another dumb move on my part.
I haven’t really used it since I bought it at the height of my depression, but it’s an expensive bike and I’m committed to using it now to heal and be strong. I never considered he was riding the bike as well (he wasn’t as far as I knew last November). I certainly never thought about the random chance he gets a shout out by first name (it’s not his LB name, there was no Tony on the LB).
It sucked. Its over.
I can only wait for my own shout out one day.