We arrived to Austin on Wednesday, took an Uber to our RelayRides rental car, picked up our bikes from FedEx and headed to the AirBnB house we rented out with 5 other Atlantic Coast Cycling Conference (ACCC) Collegiate racers (Go ShareEconomy). I'd never been to Austin before and didn't have any idea where we rented the house but apparently the house was located in the Barrios, south of downtown. It was comfy enough and never caused us any issues other than a laugh. Over the next five days we managed to avoid completely ruining the house and all in all it turned out well. We built the bikes and got to the course right about the same time Richard from UNC arrived at the airport. Being the courteous college students we are we picked him up about 2 hours later after we spun around the course. To make up for it we headed straight to the best BBQ spot of the trip. I mean look at that beautiful and delicious picture. The food came out within minutes of us ordering, hard to beat that after a long day of travel! The Texas BBQ didn't disappoint, I was most impressed with the sauce, unbelievable. As dinner rapped up we got a text from App State and NCSU, they were at the airport, we were conveniently 30 minutes outside of town and to pick up those guys up we had to drop off Richard and Jay at home first. Needless to say we scored a heavy F in the picking up from the airport department. Sorry guys!
Friday rolls in another dreary day for some pre-ride and a nice relaxing day prepping for the slop fest that would be race day. Friday night my good friend Tyler Cloutier got in to town and we spent about 2 hours trying to find some food. After finally deciding on Stubbs, made famous for their BBQ Sauce, we waited another hour without being seated, before finally realizing if you ordered to go you get your food in 5 minutes and can eat it in the car. Well it was still some delicious food, but I never realized how hard it is to find food at 9:00 on a Friday night in Austin. Some really high quality decision making and planning on our part. #KillingIt. This was about as perfect of a pre-race evening as you can plan I'm sure.
With the race out of the way it was time to enjoy Austin the only way we knew how. Food on food. The Austin Beer Garden provided some okay pizza and a great sub, but Jay and I decided on the way home that we needed some real live Austin Pizza, so two larges and a dozen more nookies (we got busted by another Torchy's), and we headed home to put ourselves into a solid food choma. The food was delicious but I hit the sack with way too much food ingested, but man was it good.
It was quite the crazy weekend, with a ton of food, fun, and even a little riding, a great way to unwind before getting back to serious training.
Keep those pedals spinning,