February 18, 1978 – Babbittville

For February 18th, the anniversary of the first Ironman in 1978, we take a look back at the beginning of an event that started on the island of Oahu, and has since grown into a global phenomenon.   Clockwise: A scene from the bike course of the original Ironman on Oahu. The founders: John and Judy…

Always Keep Moving Forward – Babbittville

For my Kona Countdown 2016, I am counting down my 50 Favorite Ironman Hawaii Moments. I started on August 19th: 50 days from the Ironman Triathlon World Championship. Today’s moment, 36, comes 36 years after I finished my first Ironman, in 1980. You can follow the rest of my countdown on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Today’s…

Davis Phinney – Babbittville

When I looked to write a piece about the 1984 Olympic Road Race where Davis was the favorite, I interviewed both Davis and fellow American Alexi Grewal, who ended up winning the Gold that day. It’s rare when you interview two athletes about the same race and end up with both athletes remembering the details…

Fuel for the Fire – Babbittville

It is early January 2011. Three-time U.S. Olympic triathlete Hunter Kemper should be training or helping his wife, Valerie, with their three boys. But instead, he is lying motionless with an intravenous PICC line in his arm and, for the second time that day, he’ll be alone with his thoughts – and doubts – for…

Changing Everything – Babbittville

I wrote Changing Everything for my editorial in the May/June issue of RACEPLACE Magazine. I’ve received so many comments from readers, that I decided to republish it here. I knew I had definitely gained some weight over the past 30 years, but in my mind the solution was simple. All I had to do was start training for a…

Apple Almond Berry Muffins – Babbittville

From my Changing Everything plan…..       4 omega-3 eggs                                                4 dates, chopped 2 tbsp. olive oil                                                  2/3 cup water 1 diced apple                                                     1 cup berries 1 scoop protein powder                                ¼ cup chia seeds 1 teas. cinnamon                                              ½ teas. nutmeg ½ cup shredded coconut                              ½ cup flax meal ½ almond flour   Preheat oven to 350…

Fourth of July in River Forest – Babbittville

With the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run happening this weekend and the 4th of July right around the corner, I got to thinking about this editorial I wrote a few years back.    I am lightheaded. Floating on air somewhere between Squaw Valley and Auburn, California. Vaseline has proven useless. The blisters between my toes…