The generosity and hospitality of some local athletes and businesses has allowed me to stay in Austin while I finish preparing for IM Cozumel over Thanksgiving weekend. Why Austin? Other than the fact that Austin is quickly become a triathlon center to rival Boulder and San Diego, the fact that when I landed in Austin it was 44 degrees in DC and not 44 degrees in Austin. Austin: 2, DC: 0.
The first and second stops were obvious: Jack and Adam's, the bike shop that will probably be my second home-away-from-home (more on them later),
|the twice-weekly FREE abs class going on in the J&A's parking lot|
and Costco, cuz a girl's gotta eat and more than BBQ. Austin's Costco has sweet potatoes...Austin: 2, DC: 0.
The third was not obvious, but absolutely clutch: Taqueria Aranda's #5. My Gracious Host is vegan, but that does not stop him from knowing and eating quality hole-in-the-wall food. I think the "#5" was the key. A restaurant with a number in the name screams WE OFFER NO FRILLS, BUT THE LOCALS LIKE US ENOUGH TO WARRANT MULTIPLE - at least 5! - LOCATIONS. There is a Mexican hole-in-the-wall down the street from my apartment that serves goat tacos and Aranda's had a few missteps - next time I'll order my migas sin queso and the horchata was a mix - but I'm finally in a place where "TexMex" is not ironic. Austin: 2.5, DC: 0.5
And I'm told, with pride, that the Texas State Capitol building is three feet taller than the U.S. Capitol. Apparently everything is bigger in Texas. Austin: 3.5, DC: 0.5.
Stay tuned as I train hard to compile A Triathlete's Guide to Austin!!