Sunday, September 22, 2013
After 9+ hours of sleep last night, I wake up refreshed and rarin’ to go. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to even move, but I feel pretty good and not too stiff. I have been looking at the TRX studio everyday and anticipating this morning’s class both with excitement and trepidation. There are only 3 of os this morning and the instructor is excellent. For those not familiar with TRX – it consists basically of a set of two ropes with handles that you can use in various ways for work on strength/conditioning. Levi has TRX at his studio and I am at least a little familiar. Barbie puts us through our paces and we are all sweating at the end.
When class is over I check my phone and sure enough there is a text from Rich. He and Jack are waiting for me at the Canyon Grille!
They have had a great couple of days of riding and look none worse for the wear. Rich was concerned about showing up at the resort in sweaty bike clothes. I convinced him the everyone around here runs around in sweaty workout wear!
We have a great breakfast together and I try to talk Rich into spending the night at Canyon Ranch. They insist they will be just as happy at the Super 8 in Florida City (what?!) I give them a quick tour of the facilities before the get back on the bikes.
There is a really cool paved bike/walking path all along the beach. We don’t know how far south it goes, but are pretty sure it at least goes all the way into South Beach. Should be fantastic people watching in that area for sure.
Now that I had gotten rid of them (!) I get back on track. My next class starts at 11 and I am ready. I have read reviews about this class and instructor online and am eager to check it out.
The massage on tap for today is a 110 minute Canyon Ranch massage. Nina has talented hands and puts me into a blissful state (after she finds all the sore spots and wails on me).
For dinner tonight I am going to visit the Carillon Lounge. The lounge is a small, intimate area where you can order from the complete dinner menu or just get a snack. I haven’t decided and order a “Perfect 10” cocktail to help me decide. It is a mixture of Pineapple Juice, Vanilla Vodka and Cava and is truly perfect.
One order of their famous Artichoke “Fries” later and I have decided that life is pretty good at the Ranch. My friend, Tony (Bourdain), will be premiering his show – Parts Unknown – from Spain tonight and I want to make sure to see it. (thanks for the tip, Mom and Dad). It starts at 9:00 so I order a Kale Salad to go and take it back to my room. (I know, I know. Kale Salad??? Hey – this is a fitness/wellness resort. When in Rome…)
The salad is great, Tony is on the tube and I am eating in my pj’s. How’s that for high living?