Mary Baum

Role Reversals

My role as a Zooma Florida Race Ambassador kicked off this weekend, as Rachel and I hosted a fun run to really start off the training. There were a total of 7 of us that showed up for a nice and early 6 mile run on Saturday morning. We chatted for a few minutes about upcoming races and our current paces. Most of the ladies were able to find a buddy to run with, which made it even more fun. I can’t wait to hear how everyone does in their upcoming races!

Zooma was nice enough to send over some goodies for all of the training run participants to have. Thanks so much for the Muscle Milk, Cytomax, and t-shirts! Everyone loved them!

Then, on Sunday, we had a bit of role reversal! Marcus competed in a triathlon and I was the one on the sidelines, cheering! It was so much fun. We travelled about an hour and a half north to Inverness, Florida – a tiny little town that was hosting the Tri-Cooter triathlon! The race is on the tail end of a huge festival held annually – the Cooter Festival! There are lots of vendors, street parties, no open container laws (!!) and a whole lot of fun! Needless to say, some of the merchandise for an event surrounding a cooter can get quite interesting! A cooter is a turtle if you were wondering… get your minds out of the gutter ;)

Our best friends actually live up there, so we were able to stay with them on Saturday night for a nice  and easy commute on race morning. They live about half a mile from the start, so we were able to just walk there. It was quite the stroll as the sun came up!

We had the first weekend of true fall like weather, and the temperature was pretty cold (for us) actually! It was in the 60’s for the race start, which meant a pretty chilly race. The water was 72 degrees, so it was actually warmer than the air. Marcus said that it actually felt good getting into the water, but once they finished the swim and hopped on the bike, it was freezing!

The swim was different than the triathlon I completed because it was in a lake, which meant that it was less buoyant for the swimmers, and it was an in water start. AKA – it was a legitimate 400m swim (no running in and out to make up some of the distance). Marcus mentioned it was pretty difficult, but he did great. He came out of the water at 8:22.

Like I mentioned a minute ago, the bike was probably the hardest leg for Marcus. He spent the least amount of time training for it, and he couldn’t seem to warm up. He also had an issue with his shoes – he tried to get his feet out of the shoes before dismounting, which caused them to get caught up underneath the pedals. A word of advice to everyone – if you do not practice something before the race, it probably will not turn out to great when you actually try it during the race ;) He finished the bike at 39:20, a 17.5 mph average.

Once he was on the run, he really felt like he was in the groove. It was an out and back run course, so it wasn’t very spectator friendly, but we were able to see the best part. Marcus was very strong at the very end, and was able to pick off a seasoned triathlete.

He really sprinted it in, and looked like such a rockstar! He finished the 3 miles in 23:33, for a 7:51 average pace! His overall finish time of 1:12:59 was good enough to earn him a top 3 spot in his age group!

He walked away with a great medal to show off his accomplishment! I loved watching him compete, and it was even more fun to see him kick butt! Great job Marcus!!

Do you enjoy spectating instead of racing? Or do you need to be the one crossing the finish line?


6 Responses

  1. Krissy
    Krissy October 29, 2012 at 10:01 am |

    I have enjoyed being the support team for my boyfriend. We run races together, but he loves triathlons and I have yet to do one, so I am his cheering squad. I love being able to capture the moment for him with pictures and watching the athleticism of the participants who race. I’ll be joining in on the tri’s next year (I just bought my first bike this weekend) so hopefully he will return the favor and be my support team for a race or 2. :)

  2. Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes
    Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes October 29, 2012 at 10:53 am |

    Congrats, Marcus! Great job! (And nice job as a photographer, Mary! :)) Although I love spectating and volunteering, I definitely prefer racing. It’s so much fun to help out and cheer on the competitors, but I always wish I were out there competing.

  3. Meghan @ little girl in the big world
    Meghan @ little girl in the big world October 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm |

    I’ve never spectated! I think I would be dying to get on the course if I wasn’t out there too. I wanted to come to y’all’s run, but I ran the Halloween Halfathon Sunday morning so didn’t think 6 on Saturday would be a good idea.

  4. Caroline Calcote
    Caroline Calcote November 4, 2012 at 10:51 pm |

    Wow you got some great pictures of Marcus at the triathlon! I am missing those cooler days we had there for a while :)


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