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Old 02-12-07, 07:03 PM
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Trainng & Racing in Austin, TX

To El Diablo, waterrockets and anyone in the know regarding Austin:

1st off, don't worry, I'm not going to become an east coast Yankee transplant and contribute to Austin sprawl and congestion --- I've already committed to doing that in Denver.

I'll be starting a 4 month work project in Austin starting late February and wanted to gather some info & opinions (shouldn't be too tough on BF) regarding where to stay in Austin. I'll mostly be working in Austin Monday thru Thursday w/ an occasional weekend stay to explore. I'll be working about 10 miles north (and a tiny bit west) of downtown off of highway 183. And there are 2 scenarios that may help me attain my lofty goal of attaining Cat5 pack fodder status.

Scenario 1 - I rent a place on the outskirts of town (the hillier the better) so that I can commute (10-15 miles one way) to and from work and also have the option of walking out the front door once or twice a week for a hilly hammerfest. Weekends will be devoted to climbing work back home in Colorado.

Scenario 2 - I rent a place in/ close to downtown that's near bicycle trails, bike shops, record shops, coffe shops, live music, etc.. Ideally, I'd still be able to commute via bike at least a few days a week and train solo or w/ a local club. I know in this scenario I'll be less likely to train hard and effectively, but that's OK .

And (this is probably a question for a different forum, but) I'm also not sure which scenario would offer a better, easier, method of bike commuting as I'm relying on commuting days as tempo/ pace days. How bike friendly is Austin for a commuter?

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Originally Posted by celticfrost
To El Diablo, waterrockets and anyone in the know regarding Austin:

1st off, don't worry, I'm not going to become an east coast Yankee transplant and contribute to Austin sprawl and congestion --- I've already committed to doing that in Denver.

I'll be starting a 4 month work project in Austin starting late February and wanted to gather some info & opinions (shouldn't be too tough on BF) regarding where to stay in Austin. I'll mostly be working in Austin Monday thru Thursday w/ an occasional weekend stay to explore. I'll be working about 10 miles north (and a tiny bit west) of downtown off of highway 183. And there are 2 scenarios that may help me attain my lofty goal of attaining Cat5 pack fodder status.

Scenario 1 - I rent a place on the outskirts of town (the hillier the better) so that I can commute (10-15 miles one way) to and from work and also have the option of walking out the front door once or twice a week for a hilly hammerfest. Weekends will be devoted to climbing work back home in Colorado.

Scenario 2 - I rent a place in/ close to downtown that's near bicycle trails, bike shops, record shops, coffe shops, live music, etc.. Ideally, I'd still be able to commute via bike at least a few days a week and train solo or w/ a local club. I know in this scenario I'll be less likely to train hard and effectively, but that's OK .

And (this is probably a question for a different forum, but) I'm also not sure which scenario would offer a better, easier, method of bike commuting as I'm relying on commuting days as tempo/ pace days. How bike friendly is Austin for a commuter?

Thank you.
If you are only here for 4 months go downtown, the scene there is really great. Lot's of good looking women, restaurants and bars. You can get some great training in even when living there, it's not far to some good rides and weekend rides can be pretty epic. The Sat morning ATC ride leaving from Austin Tri Cyclists is a killer and that is maybe 10 min from the capital. I'm not as familiar with the north end of town, I live pretty far south, but the riding here is good just about where ever you are.

As for the racing, you are hitting town just as things are heating up in the race scene. March has a great race just about every weekend, Lago Vista, Bellterra, Fayetteville just to mention a few.
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Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo
If you are only here for 4 months go downtown, the scene there is really great. Lot's of good looking women, restaurants and bars. You can get some great training in even when living there, it's not far to some good rides and weekend rides can be pretty epic. The Sat morning ATC ride leaving from Austin Tri Cyclists is a killer and that is maybe 10 min from the capital. I'm not as familiar with the north end of town, I live pretty far south, but the riding here is good just about where ever you are.

As for the racing, you are hitting town just as things are heating up in the race scene. March has a great race just about every weekend, Lago Vista, Bellterra, Fayetteville just to mention a few.
Thanks El Diablo. All the more better If I can be close to both city activity & riding.

Crap, that's right, it gets hot & humid pretty early in Austin. The harsh Colorado winter, work, moving and my hatred of trainers, rollers and any non-biking aerobic activity limited me to about 5 rides in the past 4 months, so I'm way behind the curve for Spring races. I'll probably only race in Colorado, but definitely attend a Saturday ATC ride or two and hopefully some weekday club rides once daylight savings kicks in.

I'm curious to see how 4 days a week at 500ft elevation and 3 days a week at 5000-12000 elevation will affect my conditioning.
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