Apple Almond Berry Muffins – Babbittville

From my Changing Everything plan…..       4 omega-3 eggs                                                4 dates, chopped 2 tbsp. olive oil                                                  2/3 cup water 1 diced apple                                                     1 cup berries 1 scoop protein powder                                ¼ cup chia seeds 1 teas. cinnamon                                              ½ teas. nutmeg ½ cup shredded coconut                              ½ cup flax meal ½ almond flour   Preheat oven to 350…

Fourth of July in River Forest – Babbittville

With the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run happening this weekend and the 4th of July right around the corner, I got to thinking about this editorial I wrote a few years back.    I am lightheaded. Floating on air somewhere between Squaw Valley and Auburn, California. Vaseline has proven useless. The blisters between my toes…

Boxing Lessons – Babbittville

From the archives: Remembering my dad on Father’s Day…… The ceiling above my head is a mere four feet high. The pavement my knees are scraping against is raw and abusive. As a child, the crawl space under my parent’s home was always one of my favorite places to be… Memories stored in rows and…

Mother’s Day – Babbittville

I can tell she is pissed from the way she is walking toward me. Long steps, purposeful steps, I-can’t-believe-I-just-did-that steps. I am doing the announcing up in the tower at what is affectionately called ‘The Hot Corner’ at the Ironman 70.3 in Oceanside, California back in March of 2008. It has gotten that cool ‘The…

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,…