swim, bike, eat - Bike to work 1

I got one of those shivers of excitement this morning as I spun down South Lamar at 6:25 and at 28MPH, taking the left into Barton Springs, the Sun was just coming up, it was warm but not hot, the road was pratically empty and I took the turn without braking, sweeet.

After a running dismount at the entrance to Barton Springs pool, I did 8-800ft lengths, had a quick chat with Jamie Cleveland about some personal coaching when I get back from Sierra to the Sea at the end of June, walked out of the pool with bike, stepped on the left shoe(still mounted on the pedal, on the right and by the time I got to the open air theatre had put both feet in and was off.

Took the easy route, straight up Lamar to 183, left on 183 and up Burnett Road. Traffic going north on North Lamar was almost non-existent, even at 7:45am. The road surface is downright dangerous in places though, big holes, and falling off towards the kerb dramatically in places. From the Brit' in town its sure nice of you Americans to put that wide bike lane down the middle of some of the roads, the drivers don't seem too happy when I use it though ;-) - I glided into the front entrance of the office doing an easy riding dismount.

Got to work, shower, then breakfast tacos+coffee... a nice way to start the day. My tip of the day. Every triathlete should have an old pair of tri bike shoes, the more you get to do mounts and dismounts leaving the shoes on the pedals the easier it gets.
  • Current Location: Austin, Texas
  • Current Mood: Mojo's back
  • Current Music: Tears dry on their own - Amy Winehouse
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I thought I saw you there this morning. But you were down at the next set of stairs and I wasn't sure it was you, so I didn't go over and say hi. Plus, I was already really late for work. Glad you had a good morning!
that sounds scary!
Easy route? Lamar to 183? by that I hope you mean the access road to 183, not that elevated roadway! you're much braver than I am, I'm still trying to plot my Friday Bike-to-work and include the breakfast station at Buck's on 183. And also not get killed crossing I-35 at Parmer.
Re: that sounds scary!
Yes of course I meant the service road, although riding on the elavted section might make a fun time trial!

Cycling in Austin is child's play compared to NY or London... I have a few basic rules,

1. Don't cycle tight to the kerb, the motorists will force their way pass no matter how close you are... so might as well leave some room for manoeuvre
2. Always look, signal and move very early for left turns, like 150ft back I'll check and if its clear hold my left arm arm horizontally out and move over.
3. Don't jump redlights - the guy sat in the truck will probably throw something at you, often its a re-used soda bottle with a strange cloudy yellow colored liquid
4. If someone waits behind you, or gives you space and then overtakes, always wave thank you..
5. Right turns - always assume they won't signal but will turn

Be safe.