Race Week – CapTexTri

Well it’s already race week for the Cap Tex Tri!  That came around pretty quick, but I suppose that’ll happen when you register 17 days before the race.  First I need to remind you (and myself) that the race is on Monday, Memorial Day, and not Sunday.  So don’t go sending me all those “good luck” texts, tweets, facebook messages, voicemails, candygrams, Tiff’s Treats*, or anything of that nature a day early.  So race week means take it easy, right?

get your game face on

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Bike to Work Day

If you weren’t aware, May is National Bike Month.  It’s meant to bring awareness to riders and non-riders alike, including sharing the road, environmental impact, and giving out free food.  Within the Month of the Bicycle, May 20th is the official Bike to Work Day.  All around the country bike-friendly shops are offering up free food, coffee, and other goodies to encourage people to hop on their bikes instead of into their cars.

Austin is a super outdoorsy city and there is a ton of support from local businesses.  The City of Austin website even has a map of all the businesses on or near bike routes that have partnered up to make May 20th extra bike-friendly.  The support is amazing and Twitter has been buzzing with all the supporters spreading the word to make sure you get out there.  So obviously I rode my bike to work today, right?  No.

Unfortunately an unexpected 8am meeting and the threat of thunderstorms all day forced strongly influenced my decision to forgo riding my bike to work.  It’s a little over 10 miles for my “short” route to get to work, so it would mean leaving at 7am just to get to the office with time to shower before the meeting without stopping for any fun times from local businesses.  The decision to drive to work did not come easily, but I think it was the right thing to do.  I’ll just have to wait until next May before enjoying some of the Bike to Work festivities.

Will Run To Eat…Literally

We have a lot of fun here on this blog with wordplay, double entendre, and of course, puns.  You’d be hard-pressed to find a blog post without at least a little implied double meaning.  As proof, Google finds 22 mentions of the word “pun” in my blog (not counting the 3 in this post)!  What we’re celebrating today, however, is the literal nature of the blog’s name.  The real intersection where running meats meets eating.

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Eat St. is Coming to Town

Hey Hey!  Big news on this small blog!  Next week one of Food Network / Cooking Channel’s new TV shows, Eat St. is coming to Austin!  Big deal. you might say.  Well, what if I were to tell you that yours truly just might make an appearance on the ol’ boob tube?  Looks like I got your attention*.

With Eat St. coming to Austin, Facebook has been all a-Facebook Twitter has been all a-twitter with excitement.  Tony at Food Trailers Austin has been amazing at keeping the public informed of what’s going on.  You can find schedules where the Eat St. crew will be and when.  And like I said, I might even make an appearance if things work out they way they should!  Things kick off tomorrow (Tuesday, 5/17) at The Jalopy around lunch time at 15th & San Antonio.

Stay updated with Eat St. and all their mobile goodness in Austin and beyond on Facebook and Twitter @EatStTweet.

*let’s be honest, the only thing that got your attention was the word “boob”

The Schedule Takes Shape

Since the Rookie Tri a few weeks ago I’ve had a hankering for defining my race calendar.  This transition to triathlons has been fairly smooth, but I’m missing the structure and direction that I’m used to with running.  You see, with running I usually had two or three races queued up.  My tri calendar, however, has been disappointingly empty.  I’ve my eye on a few races but hadn’t pressed that “Register” button.  Until now!

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Run DC

This speech is my recital, I think it’s very vital
To rock (a rhyme), that’s right (on time)
It’s Tricky is the title, here we go

For the first time since moving to Austin, Ev and I visited the old hood (a.k.a. the Wizzle Dizzle Washington, DC).  We met up with lots of old friends, old restaurants, and old running routes.  We stayed in a pretty sweet spot at 20th & Penn NW, central to basically everything.  Fittingly, our entire itinerary was based around where we were going to eat: fresh seafood, pizza, custom hot chocolate, burgers, milk shakes, beer.  It was irresponsible, but it was delicious.

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New York City Marathon – That Would Be No

Well, things just didn’t pan out for this runner-turned-triathlete.  After lots of pomp and even a little circumstance, I searched the New York Road Runners page to see if I was selected for the ING NYC Marathon.  The verdict: no.  No reason.  No justification.  Just a simple search box returning a robotic apology and a teasing message intended for those who were selected.  Am I disappointed?  A little.  Upset?  Not really.  With my focus changed to triathlons now, this was more of a “wouldn’t it be fun?” endeavor, but nothing I was really counting on.  My big race is still the Ironman 70.3 Austin in October.  Now if only I could muster the courage to register for that Half Ironman…