Straight from the New Orleans adventure I came back to PA and headed back into my last really big build week of the season. This proved to be very interesting as I was also heading to Chicago to serve as the communications director for a Sports Nutrition Conference from Thursday through Sunday. It's a volunteer position that I've very much enjoyed, but that has kept me a bit busier than I realized through the year. I did get to do my last really long run of 20 miles along lakeshore drive and after arriving home late Sunday night I got up on Monday morning to do my final 6 hr 40 min ride and 50 min run off the bike. That almost killed me. However, I made it and after a recovery week and packing up again I traveled to Texas to get ready for Ironman Texas. I came about two weeks prior to the race to get used to the heat and humidity. There's only been one problem, it's hasn't been very hot and humid since I arrived on Monday of last week!
Let me tell you, Austin is one cool place. I'd always heard it was a fun eclectic place as the "live music capital" of the world! It is laid back, cool, funky and has some great places to train, hang out and of course EAT! My friend Garry is 75 years young and knows all the great local for getting out there to swim, bike and run.
He first took me to Barton Springs to this amazing "open water" pool that has wild life, fish, plants and is simply breathtaking underwater. It's clear and you just swim around looking at fish the entire time while you're doing your 8 laps to a mile.
If you come out to this ride, make a stop at the Andice General Store. First of all, two words - REAL COWBOYS. Second of all, if you are really feeling spunky you can get the special - Green Chile Burger which you may or may not regret in about 4 miles after you stop.
I refrained this time, but if I ever come back just to train - mark my words, I'm doing it!
Instead, in between throwing down bottles of Powerbar Perform, I had this little gem (also known as rocket fuel). I was in love. Nutter Butter you complete me. I don't eat this kind of stuff EVER outside of training, but during training a little cookie filled with peanut butter and a coke sure hit the spot. Pretty sure if they had this at an aid station in IM TX on the bike I might just stop and chow down.
A taste of the Texas sun (and this is with 30 SPF). Maybe I got a little base sun for next Saturday, but I doubt it.
One other cool perk of living here is town lake trail that runs in a big loop around the city. I've been on it three times to run. People also bike as well. It was busy, but even on a hard interval run you can make it work if you are willing to dodge some dogs and baby strollers.
Of course, you also need to scoop your puppy poop if you come by with a little four legged friend! I thought this was a cute way of encouraging people to do the right thing!
All in all, I love it here, but I'm definitely ready to get to the race site. I feel fit and ready to see where I stand next weekend and even though the weather isn't cooperating to really get hot like it may be on race day, I still think it's good to be down in Texas and experience this new place. I miss Kyle and my friends, but he will be down on Friday before the race so I'm looking forward to seeing him. Until then, it's just time to stay off the feet and mentally prepare for what's to come - 140.6 miles of fun. It is always a blessing to be healthy and get to race. I never take it lightly.