Downtown Austin was bustling before dawn this morning for the AVIA Austin Triathlon. Participants had dropped off their bikes at Auditorium Shores yesterday during race check-in. From our apartment Bill and I could see the bikes glistening under the streetlights last night.
After swimming, the triathletes ran up the dock to their bikes. The bike course went across the Congress Avenue Bridge, up to the Texas State Capitol and back, west on Cesar Chavez and back across Lady Bird Lake on the First Street Bridge. The riders really had to slow down to negotiate some of the tight turns. But I didn’t see any accidents.
I watched at the finish line as the top men and women finished the Olympic distance. James Bonney from Austin led the men with 01:56:14 and D’Ann Arthur from Dallas was the top woman with 02:06:02.