Mary Baum

The 2012 Top Gun Triathlon

Saturday was quite the early wake up call, with my alarm blaring at 4:30am. Marcus and I had a goal to get out of the house by 5:00am, so we had to be up early! Luckily, most of our things were prepped Friday night for our race on Saturday morning, so we pretty much just rolled out of bed and loaded up our bikes! We were sure to both eat a PB&J on the way, so that we had something in us to fuel us for the triathlon!

The race was out at Fort Desoto, a beach about 45 minutes away. Here is the course….

Of course, that early in the morning, there was no traffic, so we were there in no time! We parked, gathered all of our things, and then headed over to set up transition. The transition area is where you switch from swim to bike, and then later from bike to run. I would say that we were middle of the pack of people to arrive at the race site, so I had plenty of time to set up everything, and ask around for tips!

The transition area closed 15 minute before the first wave started, so we headed out to the swim to get ready to race! As I mentioned at the expo,  all of the age groups are split up by a different color cap, so it was very easy to spot my teammates that I was meeting at the race site! I found Courtney early on in transition, and then we met up with Steph at the start, along with a few other friends. Not all of our team was racing, but we did have a few teammates come and cheer us on – hi Jess and Felipe! Jess took most of the pictures that I am posting today, so a big thanks to her for all the great shots!

Fort Desoto Triathlon Start

My group was the 3rd of 14 to start the swim, so we did not have a lot of waiting around time. I was super thankful for that! We were given the go ahead to start, and we were off! I had done an open water swim a few weeks ago at our multisport day, but this was so much different! There were people everywhere, so it was pretty hard to get into a good swimming groove. I felt really great in the water, and really didn’t have too many problems. I got a few elbows here and there, but I’m sure I threw my own as well ;) My group ended up catching up pretty fast to the group in front of us, which was not ideal. I had to bob and weave around a lot of people, which was something I was not expecting so much. Oh well, something for me to work on for sure! The swim felt sooo short, and I was finished in no time!

Swim Time: 6:10

I ran over to the transition, which was actually a bit further than I originally expected. On the way over, I took off my swim cap and goggles, so I could quickly get on all of my cycling gear. I slid on my shoes, helmet, and sunglasses, and I was off!

Transition 1: 2:49

The bike was 10 miles (ish) long, and went by in a flash! I will definitely say that I have completely neglected the training for cycling, and really have only been on the bike around 6 times this summer. I had no expectations for how my ride was going to go – I just planned to get out there, and go completely off of feel. I don’t have an odometer or anything, so I had no way of knowing my speed anyhow. My hip has been bothering me pretty bad, and I was instructed not to push too hard – doing so could hurt me even worse. I got in a groove, and just stayed there. I didn’t let anyone from my age group pass me, and I felt pretty good riding. I have a long way to go in this part of the triathlon for sure!

Bike Time: 27:21

After the bike, I quickly dismounted, ran to transition, and then threw on my running shoes. My coach, Felipe, instructed us not to even worry about putting on socks – the sprint was too short to waste time on that. I picked up my race number and hat, and I was out of transition pretty quick. So I thought at least – but hey, I have nothing to compare it to ;)

Transition 2: 27:21

Jess was standing right outside of transition, so it was very fun to see a familiar face right away!

The first 1/2 mile of the run was rough! My legs felt so strange, and I definitely was somewhat concerned with the way the rest of the run was going to be. Luckily, my legs loosened up pretty quickly, and I got in to my running groove!

The first half of the run was on smooth pavement, and then we turned around the head to the finish. This portion of the run ended up being on packed sand, which Courtney had warned us about pre-race, so I was expecting it. It still stunk to have to run on the uneven sand, which turned a bit muddy at times. It really was a super short run, rounding out at only a 5k. I felt pretty strong, and was passing people left and right, with no one else passing me the whole time. I knew I had to make up my time on my strongest sport, and I feel that I did a pretty good job, considering it was my first triathlon. I came up on the finish, and Felipe was shouting at me to sprint it in, as he could tell I was definitely not in full stride. I kicked it up a notch, took myself quickly to the finish line!

Run Time: 23:48

After I finished, I waited with my other teammates as the rest of our team finished up. Marcus’ wave started 30 minutes after mine, so I was able to get in a quick stretch and ice bath while I waited for him to cross the finish line. We have been talking smack to each other for a couple months now about who was going to win. He thought he was going to beat me, and of course I had the confidence that I was going to beat him. How did it turn out…??

Marcus’ finishing time: 1:07:38
My finishing time: 1:01:21

Yep, I got him!! And of course, I have been letting him know it all weekend. He got me in the swim (by 1 second), but I was able to pull ahead pretty significantly in the other sports. Wooo hooo!!! Girls Rule ;)

I had such a fun time in this race! And it was even more fun to experience it with the guidance of my amazing teammates!!

And something even more fun… I actually placed in the race! I got 4th in my age group, and got a nice award! Courtney came in 2nd place, so we both were able to share in the fun of the podium! I was close – maybe I’ll get on it next time ;)

I can definitely say that I will be back racing another triathlon! It was sooo much fun, and I am so excited to do more races on different courses! The 3 sports really were such a different challenge than running, and I absolutely loved it! I’ll definitely be back!!

Did anyone else race this weekend?! How did it go? Was it a triathlon or a road race?



15 Responses

  1. Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    Heather @ Side of Sneakers July 30, 2012 at 8:40 am |

    That’s awesome, congrats!!!!!

  2. Victoria
    Victoria July 30, 2012 at 8:45 am |

    Congratulations girl!! I am so excited for you. And kudos to beating Marcus ;)

  3. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean
    Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean July 30, 2012 at 8:59 am |

    awesome job! looks like so much fun!

  4. Courtney
    Courtney July 30, 2012 at 9:25 am |

    Way to go Mary! You made a seamless transition to triathlete :) only can get better from here. Looking forward to getting pushed by you again! Great first race.

  5. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf
    Christine @ Love, Life, Surf July 30, 2012 at 9:58 am |

    Great job and congratulations on placing!! That’s awesome.Triathlons are kind of addicting, aren’t they?

  6. Laura
    Laura July 30, 2012 at 10:17 am |

    Congrats! You did awesome. I bombed the swim in my first tri with a mini- panic attack in the open water, but loved the rest of it. Great job placing, too!

  7. Tina @ Best Body Fitness
    Tina @ Best Body Fitness July 30, 2012 at 11:34 am |

    That is so awesome! Although not surprising. You’re just a rock star like that. ;)

  8. Heather @ Better With Veggies
    Heather @ Better With Veggies July 30, 2012 at 11:54 am |

    Yay – another one bitten by the triathlon bug! :) Congrats on the award and having such a great race. =)

  9. Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's
    Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's July 30, 2012 at 11:59 am |

    Congrats on your finish, and girls do rule :)

  10. Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb
    Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb July 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm |

    Way to go. Congrats!!

  11. B.o.B.
    B.o.B. July 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm |

    Wow! Great first time! You killed it! Def a future for you in tris. Congrats!!!!

  12. melody @ {will run for margaritas}
    melody @ {will run for margaritas} July 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm |

    Congrats on such a great race – you totally rocked it! 1:01:21 and 4th in your AG, you should be SO proud and excited! Congrats again :)

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    Tiff August 1, 2012 at 6:08 pm |

    congrats on placing!!!

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