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.”

Auditorium Shores Trailhead reopens to the public

Auditorium Shores Trailhead accessFrom the City of Austin:

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department would like to announce that as of Wednesday, December 10, 2014, the Auditorium Shores Trailhead is open to the public. This includes an expansion of the parking lot, new restroom facility and associated utility upgrades, trail realignment and widening, shoreline restoration, improved bicycle and pedestrian connectivity, exercise and stretching area enhancements, landscaping, lighting, site furnishings and signage.

Funds for the project were made available through a grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and a match from the 2006 and 2012 City of Austin Bond programs.

More information on the project is available at: http://austintexas.gov/department/auditorium-shores-trailhead

PLEASE NOTE: Because of events at the Long Center Wednesday, December 10 through 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, Riverside Drive will be closed between South 1st Street and Lamar Blvd. Therefore, access to the Auditorium Shores Trailhead parking lot will be via the northbound access on the east side of South 1st Street.