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…

Emily

From 30 Years of the Ironman World Championship, by Bob Babbitt   The room is hospital white, the floor polished squares of institutional linoleum. Sterile. Unforgiving. The smell of despair hangs in the air like a soggy cloth coat on a withered old man. This is no place for a little girl. Barely five years old,…

A Look Back at the 1988 Ironman

    At the 1987 Ironman World Championship, the growing rivalry between Dave Scott and Mark Allen played out in dramatic fashion in the lava fields after the two greats left T2 together. Allen led late into the run, but faded hard, and Scott passed him to get his 6th title. Heading into the 1988…

Lord of the Lava

From Competitor Magazine, November 1987 by Bob Babbitt   Ironman Commandment Number One: Thou shalt never take thine eyes off the road.   It was mere seconds since the end of the swim. Dave Scott was looking down, trying to get the bike shoe on his right foot to stay on the pedal. Mark Allen,…