I started playing today by exploring Canalave. When I tried to walk across the bridge, my rival showed up. This surprised me because I had forgotten that he battled you there...
Fortunately, I had just healed my Pokemon, so I was ready for battle.
After my rival was defeated, I went to do some training in places that I hadn't gone to yet. First, I went Surfing on the ocean portion of Route 213 and battled the trainers there. Next, I went to Sandgem Town and headed south. I trained on the ocean there and on the land leading to the Pal Park. Then, I flew back to Canalave, where I took the boat to Iron Island. I met Riley there and he gave me the HM for Strength. I then went inside the cave and began to look around. Eventually, I was able to team up with Riley and take down some Team Galactic members.
Oh, I went to Fuego Ironworks, too.
When all that was done, I went to the Canalave Gym. I battled every trainer and made my way to Byron. As usual, this Gym battle was very easy. I took down Steelix with Octillery, while Quagsire took care of Magneton and Bastiodon. I got badge #6 and then saved the game.