Meet the youngest athlete in Life Time Tri CapTex: Kaleb Rosenberg, 8

Kaleb Rosenberg will race in his first adult triathlon this Memorial Day – the Life Time Tri CapTex. Family photo

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:

Joshua and Kaleb Rosenberg will compete at the Life Time Tri CapTex on Monday. Family photo

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.”

Bicycle World unveils slate of free weekly triathlon workouts

Bicycle World Austin has unveiled a slate of free weekly triathlon workouts. Photo courtesy Bicycle World

 

Once again, proof that you don’t need a lot of money to get fit.

Bicycle World Austin has unveiled a slate of free weekly triathlon workouts led by local coaches and pro triathletes. The six weekly sessions take place at locations across the city and are open to all, from beginners to veteran athletes.

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“We want to help those who are new to the sport, which can be intimidating and very confusing at first,” Natasha van der Merwe, a professional triathlete and coach who is spearheading Bicycle World’s community outreach program, said in a press release. “It’s daunting to tackle one sport, and triathlon requires athletes to take on three at the same time.”

Here’s the schedule:

  • Monday – 6:30 p.m. Speed and strength, led by Coach Steve at Lamar Middle School Track, 6201 Wynona Avenue.
  • Wednesday – 6 a.m. Weekly triathlon swim hosted by Coach Steve at Rattan Creek Pool, 7617 Elkhorn Mountain Trail; 6:15 a.m. track at Austin High School, 1715 Cesar Chavez Street, hosted by Big Pistachio and BW Racing Team.
  • Thursday – 6:30 p.m. – Triathlon focused cycling workout hosted by Coach Steve at Coach Steve’s house in Northwest Austin (email steve@tricoachsteve.com for directions).
  • Friday – 6:30 a.. swim workout the final Friday of each month hosted by the Austin Triathlon Club at Barton Springs, followed by coffee at Austin Java.
  • Saturday – Bicycle World Saturday Bike Ride, various routes, start times and meet up locations posted on Bicycle World Austin FaceBook page by Wednesday.
  • Sunday – 7 a.m. Long run hosted by BW Racing Team. Meet at Bicycle World Austin parking garage, followed by a social at Austin Java/Whole Foods and other locations.

Along with the free community workouts, Bicycle World also offers twice monthly triathlon workshops that cover everything from basic bike maintenance and equipment needs to nutrition and swimming tips and tricks.

Details about both the weekly workouts and the workshops are posted on Bicycle World’s Facebook page here. Bicycle World Austin is located at 300 South Lamar Boulevard.

The Bicycle World Racing Team includes Natasha Van Der Merwe, “Barney” Paul Matthews, Quincy Arey, Kate Braybrook, Carly Conrad, Haley Koop, Melissa Miller, Padre Mora, Doreen Redenius, Chris Reynolds, CP Ross, Todd Sapio, Aaron Shapley, Alan Smith and Brandi Swicegood.

The latest race craze involves swimming in shoes, running in wetsuit, and we’re all in

Amy Bush shows off the outfit she’ll be wearing this weekend for a swimrun race in North Carolina. Photo courtesy Amy Bush

 

I could turn into a popsicle this weekend.

I’m heading to Red Top Mountain State Park in Georgia to try a crazy new sport – swimrun – that started in Sweden.

Teams of two alternate between running and swimming over a pre-marked wilderness course, staying within 10 meters of each other during the entire race. They wear shoes while they swim and they run in wetsuits. Some races unfold between islands; others between lakes.

At SwimRun Georgia, my race partner Gretch Sanders and I will run through a pine-studded state park, swimming across 10 or so coves.

Conditions are not ideal. The water temperature, I am told, is hovering in the mid-50s. The weather forecast calls for a low of 43 and a high of 59, with partly cloudy skies.

Coincidentally, another Austin athlete is headed to a different swimrun event – SwimRun Lake James in North Carolina. Conditions for her race are even worse. The forecast there calls for a low of 26 and a high of 55, with periodic rain.

I’m not a fan of cold water, as you can see by this photo of me at Barton Springs last winer. Photo by Chris LeBlanc

 

Good grief. What have we signed up for?

The whole swimrun thing started as a bet between four drunk guys (of course) in Sweden. They challenged each other to race from island to island, stopping at restaurants along the way. The last team to finish had to drink and pay what the team ahead of it had ordered for them.

In 2006, a version of the race went commercial in Sweden, attracting 11 teams. Only two teams finished within the time limit. CNN has ranked the Swimrun World Championship there as one of the toughest races in the world.

I love to swim: I swam around Manhattan Island (yes, in New York) a few years ago with Sanders, my partner on this race. But the water was way warmer. I did jump in the Hudson River once, when water temperatures were in the 50s. I think I lasted about 2 minutes.

I had an entertaining online conversation this week with Amy Bush, the Austin athlete doing SwimRun Lake James. She’s racing alongside Trista Mennen, a former Austinite.

Bush was initially excited about the event, which she describes as the perfect combination of sports – “no bike. Just swimming and running.” Then she saw the forecast. Now we’re both freaking out about the cold.

“I’m just … trying to ignore the whole cold thing,” she wrote me. “For a long time we were like, ‘Well, sure, the water’s going to be in the 50s. But as long as the sun’s out, we’ll be fine!’ And now it’s supposed to be in the 40s and raining.”

I know from swimming at Barton Springs in the winter, where I always wind up shivering in the 70-degree water even if I’m wearing a shortie wetsuit, that bright sunshine mentally makes me feel warmer, even if it’s still cold. That’s not going to happen this weekend. And even if it was sunny, there is a limit to what my brain can do.

“I mean, it’s already completely ridiculous, what we’re doing,” Bush wrote me. “Why not have it be terrible weather, too? Better story, right? I mean, if we live.”

Then she sent me a photo of her race outfit, which looks pretty identical to what I’ve got planned: shortie wetsuit, pull buoy strapped to thigh (to counter the weight of soggy shoes worn during the swim), swim paddles (same story) and swim cap.

“The people walking around Quarry Lake on Saturday morning think I’m a complete nut job as I run around in this,” she wrote.

Well, it’s true. We are nutjobs. But in a good way, right?

“We just have to live through it and then a couple days have to pass, and then we’ll be able to talk about how fun it was.

Once our limbs thaw enough to type,” she wrote.

Look for a recap coming soon. And enjoy the warm weather in Austin this weekend, people.