Looking for some Memorial Day weekend fun? Check out these upcoming events …
Trade your surfboard for a tube at NLand Surf Park’s Float the Moat event from 1-7 p.m. Saturday. For $15 per hour, you can loll around on a tube while you watch a show that includes belly dancing and live music. Drinking is allowed before (but not during) tubing for ages 21 and up only (not if you plan to surf afterward, though). The park is located at 4836, E Hwy 71. For more information go here.
Rather climb? Thursday night is date night at Crux Climbing Center. Bring a date and climb two for $20. (Normal day pass rates are $22 per person.) For more information go here. The climbing gym will also host a “Murph workout” on Monday. This special workout, one of the most famous CrossFit workouts and often celebrated on Memorial Day, was a favorite of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005. Warmup begins at 10:30 a.m., the workout runs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and a cool down and refreshments will follow. For more information go here.
Want a jolt of inspiration? Head downtown to watch the Life Time Tri CapTex, which is expected to draw nearly 3,000 athletes to downtown Austin on Memorial Day.
And if you’re waffling about whether or not to compete, take note. It’s not too late to register.
The 28th annual event starts and finishes at Vic Mathias Shores, 900 West Riverside Drive. Athletes will swim in Lady Bird Lake, bike up Congress Avenue to the Capitol and back, and run along West Riverside Drive and Barton Springs Road.
Sign up at www.captextri.com. Entry fee is $172 for international distance ($87 collegiate or $247 relay); $140 sprint distance ($215 relay); or $108 super sprint.
Just brace for some heat. The current forecast calls for a low of 70 and high of 98, with no chance of rain. Wear your sunscreen and stay hydrated.
And keep an eye out for the youngest competitor, 8-year-old Kaleb Rosenberg, who will compete in his first sprint distance triathlon along side adults.
We checked in with Kaleb, whose father Josh will also be racing on Monday, to see how he’s feeling. Here’s what he told us, via email:
Have you ever raced a triathlon before?
“Yes, last year I did two kids triathlons. For my birthday present last year, my parents took me to Houston to do my first tri. The races went really well, but they were short and I wanted to do something longer to test myself.”
What do you like about triathlons?
“They really push me and they are made up of three sports I like. This may sound crazy, but I really like the transitions. The feeling of crossing the finish line is amazing!”
What’s your plan going into the big race?
“I have never done an open water swim, so I don’t want to go out too hard. I watched a lot of triathlons on TV and I have seen how people win or lose the race on the run, so I want to make sure I’ve got it at the end. Oh, and my dad keeps telling me to hydrate.”
Which part are you best at, and which is hardest?
“I think I am best on the bike and I am really excited because my grandparents bought me a new bike with gears so that I would be able to go all out. The run is definitely the hardest part, but my father convinced me to train by signing me up for the Cap 10K two years in a row. He makes the training fun because we play Pokemon Go on his phone while we are running and try to hatch all my 10K eggs.”