A lot. But not so much in town.
At Camp Mabry, just north of central Austin, we got less than an inch of rain last Thursday. At Bergstrom Airport, just south and east of downtown, they got about nine inches. And it was much worse farther east, along the Colorado River (which also runs through Austin).
On Friday and Saturday, it rained in the Hill Country. West of Austin. Upriver.
On Sunday, there was the CapTexTri expo and packet pickup and bike dropoff.
|Swag! My first cowboy hat since I was around seven.|
|Bike drop off. I got there early.|
|Coveting my neighbor's bike, Part I.|
At the course talk at the expo, they announced that there was a flow of about 3 mph and they were considering changing the course so that it ran point to point (downriver).
|Course talk. Could've used a projector.|
Later that day, they announced the swim was canceled. Which was disappointing, but I've weathered a couple of triathlons in Chicago where that had happened and one when it probably should've.
Monday, race day, I awoke at 5 AM, fed the cats, ate breakfast and drank coffee, and then I heard rain. Lots of rain.
Nevertheless (discovering, to my chagrin, that I am apparently an optimist), I headed out. When I arrived at the transition area, I was told it was closed, and that we should shelter at Palmer Events Center or its garage. This was around 6-620.
|Sheltering in the garage|
We heard a tentative plan to cut short the bike portion to 20k, but the rain and lightning continued. Finally, at around 830, race officials called off the bike portion entirely because of flooding on the course.
|Still a bit lightning-y|
|Athletes clearing out the transition area|
At ten o'clock, the rain pretty much stopped. And then we were off! By 10:15, the sun came out. No, really.
|Everyone who's still there seems in good humor :-)|
|And we're off!|
Turned out, there were only about 200 of us who stuck around for the 10k, with another 150 for the 5k (out of around 3000 original participants), but everyone seemed to be having a good time. I was pretty happy with my race -- I'm not sure it was exactly 10k, but I still did one of my better overall times and paces. At least this century :-).
|The view from the Biergarten. Note the utter absence of rain.|
Oh, and I actually ended up getting a bit of a tan.
|Coveting my neighbor's bike, Part II|
And they're giving us a discount for the 2017 race. :-).
Here's what the lake looked like Tuesday morning (Normally, there is no current at all):