A weekend of no BJJ in Rio? You can try this instead

It’s been a busy week here in Rio. We had a wave of new arrivals from all over the world come in, plus we were working on several projects around the Connection Rio house. It made for a packed schedule.

This post was written by Connection Rio team member Torryn Heffelfinger. He blogs weekly on life and training BJJ, wrestling and MMA in Rio de Janeiro. This is an excerpt from his weekly blog “Training the Dream”. Click the link to read the full post.

Picking a winner (or not) at the races

Picking a winner (or not) at the races

As a result Nicole and I decided to make the most of the weekend and get some good R&R in. On Saturday afternoon we decided to head to Rio’s famous Jockey Club, Hipodromo, in Gavea. Built in the 1920’s the track and grand stands look like it was straight out of The Great Gatsby.

The buildings are all granite with marble flooring and wood seating and betting counters. The club itself is free to get into and if you are betting there is a 3R bet minimum (less than 1.5 USD) so you can have a good time for a fairly low price. Nicole and I decided to use going to the races as an excuse to get dressed up, so we ditched our normal attire of shorts and tshirts for nicer clothing.

We met several friends there and we spent the afternoon placing small bets and drinking a few cold beverages and overall enjoying the day. At first we really had no idea about making bets and how to pick a “winner” but by the end we could at least make a more educated guess (even managed to pick a couple of winners).

Overall on the day I think I left about 7R down but it was more than worth it. After the races we headed over to a small restaurant and split a couple of pizzas before heading back to Barra. We all had a ton of fun and I think we are going to make a trip to the horse races a monthly thing.

Joatinga beach

Joatinga beach

Farmers’ markets and ‘Secret’ Beaches in Rio

On Sunday Nicole and I got up and did our normal thing of going for breakfast and the farmers market. After going to the farmers markets for so long the vendors know our faces and often times make sure that we get some of the best fruits and veggies that they have to offer. When we got back to the house we relaxed and read, trying to wait out the hottest part of the day.

About mid afternoon we headed down to Joatinga beach. Joatinga is a small semi-private beach located about a 10 minute walk from the house. Tucked away in a really nice neighborhood, the beach is a small patch of sand surrounded by rocks and cliffs, when the tide comes in the beach itself disappear under the waves so you have to time it just right to enjoy the beach.

It’s a very relaxed atmosphere where you see very few non Brazilians and most people are spending their time tanning, surfing, or kicking around a futebol. Nicole and I spent a few hours relaxing at the beach before heading out as the sun was setting and the tide was creeping up the beach. There is no better way to recharge the batteries and get ready for another hard week of training, than to just sit back and enjoy what Rio has to offer.

Torryn Heffelfinger Connection Rio

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