Thursday, August 30, 2007

Dripping Springs on Sunday

I'm heading out to Dripping Springs on Sunday for some riding around the Hill country. I want to get a feeling for the travel time, and make sure I can find the place ;-) We plan to meeting at the Dripping Springs ISD Administration Building at 9:30am, Google says it's here

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Hopefully, the rain we've been having lately will hold off till the late afternoon. It's hit and miss anyways, so no telling whether you'll get some or not.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Tropical Storm?

It seems we may get 'brushed' with a tropical storm over the next couple days. Even though we had all that rain earlier this year, with the recent hot/dry spell, you can see things drying up. I wouldn't mind the rain, as long as it gets done with by the weekend.

I decided to get in a short ride in this morning, just in case we get more rain than expected. Less than two months to go before the ride.

The Austin LIVESTRONG route map was posted yesterday. The elevations had been posted earlier. To me, the long routes, well, look proportionally much longer than they should, but I know the map is accurate - it's my eyes that aren't ;-)

Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Heat is On

The rainy season has ended, it seems. Yesterday was the first day this summer where the high temperature was above the normal average. It's not quite as hot as other parts of the country, more just getting back to standard summer for us. For this time of year, everything is green, but I can see some grass is starting to brown a bit. Most people have started to run their sprinklers.

I got some good rides in this weekend. Both days, no clouds, so it warmed up fast. I got an early start though, so I got back before the hottest portion of the day. This time of year, it's advisable to skip the middle of the day, unless you bring a lot of water. There were many riders out both days.

The LAF posted the elevation pdfs for the Challenge ride, they look like saw blades, lots of hills. At least it's downhill at the very end ;-) I expect the detail route maps will be posted fairly soon. The other cities (Philly/Portland) have this info available since their events occur sooner than Austin. The Portland long ride is basically flat, except for 2 monster climbs in the 1st 35 miles, if you make it past those, you'll make it the rest of the way. The Philly long ride looks a lot like the Austin one. A couple more months to go.