Why was it so easy just a few weeks ago to get to the gym at 7am and now it's next to impossible? It's still right around the corner, just a mere 25 feet away, and Matt, Al, Meredith and Ann are still there to cheer me on when I have five minutes left on the stepmill and really want to quit.
Oh that's right. There isn't any água de coco.
Whenever Daniel and I are in Rio, we try to start our mornings with a 2.5 mile run along this beachside road.
And this is always our reward when we're done.
Mild and slightly sweet, there's really no better post-workout treat than an água de coco. It's what gets me to the "gym" whenever I'm in Rio. As soon as Daniel and I reach posto 12 in Leblon, we order two, bem gelada, and take leisurely sips as our pounding hearts slow down and a salty breeze cools us off. Daniel always likes to tell me how água de coco is isotonic -- a natural Gatorade if you will -- which might be another reason I like it so much.
Tomorrow morning I'll try to get my gym routine going again. I'll work out for an hour and then head home for a cup of tea and one of my two usual breakfasts. But I'd rather run down a beach in Rio and reward myself with an água de coco when I'm done. Wouldn't you?