The Sweetest Kiss

I was interviewing cycling coach Chris Carmichael for the Triathlon Club of San Diego back in 2009. In the audience, there was one person who stood out from the rest. His skin was pasty, his t-shirt seemed way too big for him, his eyes were sunken deep into the sockets and he was wearing a…

Mile Marker 86

Editor’s Note: I wrote this about David Bailey as part of our pre-race coverage of the 2009 Ironman World Championship   It was the day after the 2008 Ironman World Championship. David Bailey, who had been one of the best motocross athletes on the planet before he was paralyzed, was barreling down the Queen Ka’ahumanu…

The Puzzle

I originally wrote The Puzzle in 2008, after Craig Alexander won his first Ironman Triathlon World Championship title.   The pieces are small and scattered all over the jagged emptiness of the Big Island lava fields. The edges have been blasted to bits by the hellacious winds that can, at different times of the day,…