Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Still in Austin

Where I'm at the Interactive portion of the SXSW conference,and MY HOTEL has not had WI-FI in my room until tonight, my last night. THANKS, WYNDHAM GARDEN!

The weather has been crap since I got here...temps have hovering around 38F-45F. I might as well be home! The weather turned today, and became lovely, sunny, 70sF. And I was still inside ALL DAY LONG.

I planned my long run for Monday morning and a kindly Austin runner sent me a 13-mile out-and-back (thank you Facebook!) I duly awoke and dressed at 6:15 a.m., went down to the lobby (realizing when I got there that I had no money, or ID on me, cuz I'm clever that way), but it didn't matter, because it was raining cats and dogs. I ended up in the Wyndham's "fitness center"— a kind of cool glass house out by the pool, containing one treadmill, one recumbent bike, and one stairstepper. It was kind of like being outside in the rain without getting wet. So I cranked out six point something miles in an hour and change, watching the thunderstorm through the glass.

And that's my report on my first week of triathlon training! And my report on SXSW! No, just kidding, that's still to come. (Foretaste: I went to a party with Michael Eisner tonight. No really.)

Meanwhile, let me milk my two seconds of Dooce fame some more. And if, by chance, you don't happen to already be a Dooce fanatic, click here to learn more.

Click to enlarge to read her witty comment!! (PLUS SHE SAID SHE REALLY LIKED MY SCARF!)


Rainmaker said...

Wow, that's cold. It's been warmer here! Today and yesterday have been incredible weather wise, especially today. Best day in months! :)

But a 13-miler mid-week? Very nice!

21stCenturyMom said...

No sympathy from me on the weather because YOU ARE AT SXSW AND I AM NOT! And that's all I'm focused on.

Yes - I am... I am jealous.

LBTEPA said...

You have a Gold Pass - oooooh!

David said...

Reading of Dooce's background gives me hope there is hope for you and Runner Susan both. Get out there and sell some ads!

peter said...

Running 6 miles indoors while watching it rain. Hmm. That's okay, you'll experience the rain firsthand on Saturday when you listen to Jim Hage tell us all how to run National later this month.

Just12Finish said...

Well, I hope you had a chance to wander outside and get a feel for the city.

Sunshine said...

wouldn't it be perfectly reasonable to have pleasant weather when you are visiting Austin!!
Happy running, safe travel.

Anonymous said...

welcome to texas winter. it's like melbourne's summer.

21stCenturyMom said...

I cannot WAIT to hear about the methodology you used to choose which party to go to. Please make sure you tell us about that.