Top Ten List: Racing Kona – Babbittville

In honor of the great David Letterman retiring from Late Night, we thought it would be fun to put together our own Top Ten list. Here you have the Top Ten list of:  Things you don’t want to hear when you’re in Kona to race the Ironman World Championship.   10. We apologize…..you’re bike somehow…

1986 Ironman – Babbittville

  The year was 1986, and for some reason I felt it was important to focus on my swimming for that year’s Ironman. I swam pretty much every single day that summer and ended up having my best swim ever in Kona, something in the 1:02 range. Great. So I took a few minutes off…

The Promise – Babbittville

While he was in high school, Dustin Brady raced both mountain and road bikes. In 1996 he won the California Junior State Championship on the trails and his division at the Redlands Road Race. After a number of challenging training days, he could just tell that his body wasn’t right. “It’s not good when you…

On Top of the World

I wrote this article several years ago, and it stays with me to this day. On the anniversary of 9/11, I think of the Birnbaum family, and all of the families who were changed forever.   About four and a half hours into the January 2002 edition of the San Diego Marathon, race director Lynn Flanagan…

Groundbreakers – Babbittville

Watching the great Mo’ne Davis throwing heat against the boys in the Little League World Series yesterday made me think back to women who have broken barriers in our sports. This photo from Peter Read Miller is from the start of the second-ever Ironman Triathlon on Sans Souci Beach on Oahu in February of 1979.…