A couple of weeks ago, one of the Garmin Sponsored Zoot Triathletes, Sam Mazer lined the beach at the start of the triathlon in Cozumel, Mexico. Sam's goal was to qualify for the World Championships in Kona, HI next fall. Armed with her Forerunner 310XT Multisport watch, Sam battled the competition and herself to cross the finish-line with a personal best time of 10 hours 20 minutes -- beating her previous best by 18 minutes!! That in itself is one heck of a feat, however Sam's epic race proved to be so much more.
Here is what she had to say:
"Soooo...I was victim of a peloton that obviously shouldn't have been one - that caught me at mile 85 of the bike a couple weeks ago. I tried to stay out of it but got cut off abruptly. The guy in front of me slammed his brakes and I went face first into the pavement. I've never seen so much blood in my life, but when I was there on the side of the road, I told myself I had to at least finish. The T2 people almost wouldn't let me continue on the run but I told them they could clean me up later. I got Xrays, a CT scan (because they thought I broke my jaw) and stitches...and way too many pics were taken of me on the run. I managed to run my way back into 3rd with the fastest 25-29 run split, but missed my Kona Qualifying by ten seconds. Not completely disappointed. That was the gutsiest/deepest I've ever dug so I'm satisfied. I attached a few good pics from the run (minus the face). I swear I feel better than I look."
I know one thing is for sure, the next time I am out for a run or ride with my Forerunner and feel like I am having a bad day, I will see Sam's face with a HUGE smile reminding me just how strong the human spirit really is. And, I'll most likely see the time on my Forerunner is not even close to hers. Keep up the great work Sam, Kona is in your future!