Awesome ab workouts and custom cocktails – click here to read about the first part of our Big Day Downtown
This year’s twist for the Big Day Downtown was that each blogger was randomly paired with another participant. We were paired with @SteveDinn, an avid cyclist and kettelbell instructor (see: fit). I met him at Cyclone Cycling to kick off part two of our Big Day Downtown.
Clclone Cycling (www.cyclonecycling.ca @CycloneCycling) is a new indoor bike-only gym on Salter Street. It is a small but well designed gym with a clean, industrial feel. Our instructor for the day was studio owner Elena Liberman. It was my first time ever trying a spin class but I have heard tell of their difficulty. I was pretty nervous but Elena put my mind at ease quickly.
Elana will often use themed rides, and that day the theme was “Cross Canada Tour”. She used all Canadian tracks, and talked us through the country from coast to coast timing our workout to the province’s terrain. I loved the theme. It helped me to be able to visualize exploring our beautiful country, especially when the riding got tough. By BC, I could almost see the Rockies. “We’re at the base of Lake Louise right now, and climbing. When we get to the top, we’ll be rewarded with one of the best views you’ll ever see.”
It was a fun class and a great workout, something I’d definitely check out again. Cyclone offers a free trial for your first class. They also offer week-long and month long gift certificates that we’ve added to our Pinterest “Shop Local – Christmas Wishlist” board.
Following the class, I quickly showered and changed and then it was off to Two if by Sea (www.twoifbyseacafe.ca @Twoifbyseacafe). We got there at 4:30, and, as is typical, this was too late to get one of their croissants. I ordered a Chai Latte, Julie a Coffee Latte, and Steve a coffee and muffin. After our class, it felt so nice to sit down to a latte and some good conversation. The downtown TIBS is located in Historic Properties, and it made for a great setting for a relaxing chat.
We finished our drinks and headed by foot down the boardwalk to Garrison. It was an overcast day but the rain held off, making for a nice stroll. Steve and Julie split a sampler, and I got a Garrison Tall Ships, my favourite of their line-up.
I had a blast tagging along with Steve on his Big Day Downtown. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and let me experience a place or two that I may not have tried on my own. It also let me connect with both Steve and Julie, two people that I may not have otherwise met, and to learn about kettle bell. I’m already planning a trip out to try one of their classes once my muscles forgive me for that intense spin class.
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