Top Nine 2018

Thank you to all our great Babbittville on Instagram friends for helping make 2018 so great. As we look back over our Top Nine Instagram posts, we reflect on some awesome highlights from the year….   9. Mark Allen and Greg Welch at the 1991 Ironman     View this post on Instagram   #FlashbackFriday…

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,…