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,…

Scott Tinley and the 1985 Ironman

  Every time I look at this one particular image, it makes me laugh. Technology, money, media, and the masses were coming fast, but the classic image of Cowman on the bike wearing his miniature cow horns in the same frame as the eventual champion never gets old. Even 33 years later, it continues to…

2017 Year in Review

As I look back, 2017 was an awesome year, filled with tons of great memories…. I was able to race 35 times, and loved chatting with all my racing buddies at what I like to call, “a catered workout.”                       35 races means a lot…

2017 Kona To Boston – Babbittville

2017 Ironman World Championship Boston Marathon Qualifiers   From our friends at SportStats…. There were 135 Ironman World Championship finishers who ran qualifying times for the Boston Marathon on October 14th. Which means they are the chosen few who, after someone tells them they qualifed for Boston in Chicago or New York and then asks…

Chrissie Wellington’s Final Kona – Babbittville

It was the toughest call she had ever had to make…. Three-time Ironman defending champion, Chrissie Wellington, was forced drop out the morning of the 2010 race with a viral infection. With Wellington not in the race, Australia’s Mirinda Carfrae won her first Ironman World Championship title. So when Wellington crashed hard during a group…