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Austin 70.3
CREATED: 03/27/09 by chad0022 REPLIES: 39
chad0022's ravatar chad0022    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 334
Austin 70.3
POSTED: 3/27/09 11:29 AM

Let’s get the list started for who is signed up for Austin 70.3 on October 25.

bcfrank's ravatar bcfrank    JOINED: 3/23/09    POSTS: 977
RE: Austin 70.3
POSTED: 3/27/09 3:10 PM

I am in. woohoo! Getting ready for drinking on 5th street!

We also have a Facebook group for Austin as well.

ajulia's ravatar ajulia    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 145
RE: Austin 70.3
POSTED: 3/27/09 3:35 PM

I am in for equal parts racing and barbecue.

rwadsworth's ravatar rwadsworth    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 32
RE: Austin 70.3
POSTED: 3/28/09 9:46 AM

In!

sandyc's ravatar sandyc    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 288
RE: Austin 70.3
POSTED: 3/28/09 4:09 PM

I'm in...cowgirl hat and all. Yee haw!

jane456's ravatar jane456    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 69
RE: Austin 70.3
POSTED: 3/30/09 1:30 PM

In!

Lindsey

dctexan's ravatar dctexan    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 68
RE: Austin 70.3
POSTED: 3/30/09 10:54 PM

In. I plan on crafting some sort of Gu package filled with BBQ sauce from Coopers in Llano. Let me know if anyone else wants some.

"You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas" - Davy Crockett

dctexan's ravatar dctexan    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 68
RE: Austin 70.3
POSTED: 3/30/09 10:55 PM

In. I plan on crafting some sort of Gu package filled with BBQ sauce from Coopers in Llano. Let me know if anyone else wants some.

"You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas" - Davy Crockett

sandyc's ravatar sandyc    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 288
RE: Austin 70.3
POSTED: 3/30/09 11:32 PM

Neal - I think I'll pass on the BBQ Gu. But do you know where we can find a mechanical bull?? ::;^)::

dsgrunning's ravatar dsgrunning    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1318
RE: Austin 70.3
POSTED: 3/31/09 9:02 AM

Sandy, you don't need to worry about finding a mechanical bull. The race litterally provides a real bull. It's a stupid bull though. It just sits there. I think that it thinks that it's a cow stuck in a bull's body. Can't confirm though ... language barrier.

ready2run    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 25
RE: Austin 70.3
POSTED: 4/15/09 1:11 PM

I'm in!

Has anyone done this race in the past and is able to suggest hotels? Is it better to stay in the city or closer to the park?

dsgrunning's ravatar dsgrunning    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1318
RE: Austin 70.3
POSTED: 4/15/09 1:25 PM

I was there last year but stayed with family. Here is what I can tell you. The expo hotel and the race site are pretty far apart. The city is pretty easy to traverse and doesn't have the traffic congestion that you see here in the DC area. I think that you are safe to get a hotel anywhere that is convient for you.

If I were to get a hotel there, I would get one in the city. The expo is there. The free pancake breakfast is there. The post race dinner is also there. It's a beautiful city with lots of parks and there is a river that runs through it or near it. There isn't much to see or do near the race site since it's kind of is in the middle of nowhere. You'll enjoy Austin more if you stay in the city.

bcfrank's ravatar bcfrank    JOINED: 3/23/09    POSTS: 977
RE: Austin 70.3
POSTED: 4/16/09 11:42 AM

I think we were considering staying at a hotel around 5th street in downtown Austin. That's about 11 miles from the race site and won't be a bad commute early in the morning on race day. If we find an extended stay hotel, it would be cheaper, especially if we plan on staying there for about a week or so.

I will ask my sister for names of places around the race site and in downtown. I would ask her if we could crash at her house, but putting up 12-15 people would be a little too much. They have a large house, but not THAT large. Though I might be able to convince them to take some of us on their motorboat and go waterskiing or tubing.

If we stay around 5th street, then we're in prime spot for going out to the 5th street nightlife and living it up. Though I do believe a trip to the Salt Lick is in order (AFTER the race, in case I get sick from consuming meat after 2.5 years of not). That would be a bit of a drive, but doable.

amacos's ravatar amacos    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 157
RE: Austin 70.3
POSTED: 4/16/09 12:17 PM

Hi! I'm in as well. We haven't made any hotel reservations but we will stay in downtown Austin. Does anyone know if any of the hotels provide transportation to the race site on race day?

dsgrunning's ravatar dsgrunning    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1318
RE: Austin 70.3
POSTED: 4/16/09 12:43 PM

I don't remember reading about any hotels offering the service last year. Highly unlikely there there will be any hotels offering rides to the race site. The race itself won't even allow bikes on their shuttle buses on race day and that ride is about a 1 mile ride from the parking lot to the transition area. Downtown Austin to the race site is not a quick hop. You are going from the city to a rural area.

It only takes but a few bikes to clog up a bus. It's not like a marathon where all you have are people with no equipments. There are also liability issues with having bikes on the bus clogging the isles. You may not take the bikes on the bus on race morning but you will need to take it back afterwards.

amacos's ravatar amacos    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 157
RE: Austin 70.3
POSTED: 4/16/09 12:46 PM

Thanks for the quick reply. So, I guess the best and only option is to rent a car? What do you do last year? Any extra info/tips would def. help.
Thnx, Adriana

dsgrunning's ravatar dsgrunning    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1318
RE: Austin 70.3
POSTED: 4/16/09 12:56 PM

I rented a medium size car. I could fit my tri bike with the front wheel off in the trunk of the car or in the rear passenger seats. I did both.

I would definately get a car since there is a mandatory bike check-in the day before the race. A lot of athletes would check their bikes in and do a practice swim in the lake or a quick bike ride or run along the course.

I'm going to post some tips for you all as the race date gets closer as far as the logistics and events surrounding the race are concerns.

Tuan

amacos's ravatar amacos    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 157
RE: Austin 70.3
POSTED: 4/16/09 1:30 PM

Thanks Tuan, this is excellent! Cheers!

Adriana

ready2run    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 25
RE: Austin 70.3
POSTED: 4/16/09 4:04 PM

I'm definitely up for staying a few days after the race. I don't need to be back to VA until Thursday. There is an extended stay on 6th street (it has mixed reviews).

mduble's ravatar mduble    JOINED: 4/27/09    POSTS: 4
RE: Austin 70.3
POSTED: 4/30/09 10:55 AM

My wife and I are both doing this. This will be are first Iron Man.

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