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42 minutes | 6 days ago
Simon Whitfield: Breakfast with Bob Stay Home Edition
From our Breakfast with Bob: Stay Home Edition show, enjoy this interview with Simon Whitfield Twenty years ago Canada’s Simon Whitfield won the first-ever Olympic Gold Medal in the sport of triathlon. He took some time to chat about his Hall of Fame career and to chat about his life twenty years after making history. The post Simon Whitfield: Breakfast with Bob Stay Home Edition appeared first on Babbittville.
25 minutes | 20 days ago
Mirinda Carfrae: Breakfast with Bob Stay Home Edition
From our Breakfast with Bob: Stay Home Edition show, enjoy this interview with Mirinda Carfrae Three-time Ironman World Champion Mirinda Carfrae is pregnant with her second child and is looking forward to racing Kona in October 2021 when she is 40 years old. We chatted about some of her epic races with Samantha McGlone, Chrissie Wellington, and Daniela Ryf. WATCH the interview on the Babbittville YouTube channel here. The post Mirinda Carfrae: Breakfast with Bob Stay Home Edition appeared first on Babbittville.
31 minutes | a month ago
Daniela Ryf: Breakfast with Bob Stay Home Edition
From our Breakfast with Bob: Stay Home Edition show, enjoy this interview with Daniela Ryf Daniela Ryf is the four-time Ironman World Champion, the five-time Ironman 70.3 World Champion, and a two-time Olympian. After winning in Kona four years in a row, this past October she finished 13th. She joined us from her training camp in Lausanne, Switzerland to chat about her career in the sport, setting the Ironman World Championship course record in 2018 after getting stung by a jellyfish, and what she learned about herself by making the best out of a tough day in 2019. WATCH the interview on the Babbittville YouTube channel here. The post Daniela Ryf: Breakfast with Bob Stay Home Edition appeared first on Babbittville.
38 minutes | a month ago
Spencer Smith: Breakfast with Bob Stay Home Edition
From our Breakfast with Bob: Stay Home Edition show, enjoy this interview with Spencer Smith Spencer Smith from the UK had a great career and his personality left an indelible mark on the sport. His long-time rivalry with Simon Lessing was epic! It was awesome to catch up with Spencer and take a walk down memory lane through his career. WATCH the interview on the Babbittville YouTube channel here. The post Spencer Smith: Breakfast with Bob Stay Home Edition appeared first on Babbittville.
34 minutes | 2 months ago
Mark Allen and Karen Smyers: Breakfast with Bob Stay Home Edition
From our Breakfast with Bob: Stay Home Edition show, enjoy this interview with Mark Allen and Karen Smyers. Mark Allen and Karen Smyers both won the 1995 Ironman World Championship. What an awesome treat to get to chat with both of these world champions. WATCH the interview on the Babbittville YouTube channel here. The post Mark Allen and Karen Smyers: Breakfast with Bob Stay Home Edition appeared first on Babbittville.
34 minutes | 2 months ago
Holly Lawrence on Breakfast with Bob Stay Home Edition
From Breakfast with Bob 2020: Holly Lawrence chats with us about being a triplet, finding triathlon, winning the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship, suffering what could have been a career ending injury, and coming back last fall to take an emotional second place at the 2019 70.3 World Championship in Nice. WATCH the interview on the Babbittville YouTube channel here. The post Holly Lawrence on Breakfast with Bob Stay Home Edition appeared first on Babbittville.
24 minutes | 3 months ago
2020 Kona Countdown: Your Favorite Kona Moments Part 2
For our 2020 Kona Countdown, we asked you to share some of your favorite Kona Moments. We’re counting down 50 days to what should have been the 2020 Ironman World Championship in Kona on October 10, 2020. Want to share one of your favorite Kona Moments? Do so here: KONA COUNTDOWN SUBMISSIONS Part 2 40 We’re at 40 in our countdown….so I’ll share my top Ironman moment, which happened 40 years ago: finishing the Ironman in 1980 on Oahu. It changed my life forever. I knew deep down that this sport, this event, was created to change lives for the better. For a longer version of that day, check out my recount of my 1980 Ironman here: Always Keep Moving Forward 39 For today’s Kona Countdown, we’re celebrating the great Karen Smyers birthday today. Here’s Karen with a little bit of what that day was like for her in 1995 when she won the Ironman World Championship….. 38 From Fan Zhang: “My one and only PB in Hawaii is 12:14:48, in my first ever Ironman distance race. It came at the October 7, 1995 Ironman World Championship. It was even more surreal that 22 years later I achieved my new PR at Ironman Arizona with an 11:47 in 2017. In 1995, I was a graduate student working on my PhD dissertation at the University of Michigan with no money to pay for my trip that would typically cost north of $3,000. I was blessed by many kind people (friends, fellow graduate students, professors, local retailers in Ann Arbor incl. bike shops) who chipped in through a fund-raising effort. I relied on a second-hand TREK 2300 road bike to make it through in 90 plus degree heat and incredible windy weather in one of the tougher days, condition-wise (according to pros like Mark Allen and Jurgen Zack). Though I couldn’t afford to hire any coaches guiding me with any systemic training blocks, I relied on reading multisport magazines [Triathlete, Inside Triathlon, Competitor Magazine] and figured it out myself with like 2+ months of training. I was extra motivated to reach the finish line as the first and only triathlete to represent the then-1.2 billion people of China in the history of the Ironman World Championship (the next finisher from China came 15 years later, in 2010). As shown in the picture, I was on Cloud 9 and leaped up to touch the finish arch. Like many first time Ironman finishers, it definitely changed my own perception of myself and gave me the conviction that once you have set up your goal, you can achieve it with your commitment and discipline.” 37 Today’s Kona Moment is from Peter Reid…. When Peter Reid of Canada won his first Ironman Triathlon World Championship title in 1998, it was a magical experience for him. But something felt different when he won his second title in 2000, beating his former training partner Tim DeBoom by a mere 2:09. “I won, but I wasn’t satisfied,” he recalls. “I crossed the line thinking ‘that was too close.’ I didn’t sit back and savor the win. The next day I was already planning my assault for 2001. That was the beginning of the end.” He got back to training hard in November and never let up. By the summer his body started to fall apart. “I was so far into the overtraining syndrome that mentally, physically, emotionally and psychologically I was cooked,” he continues. “I was done. I needed to get away and I didn’t know if I was going to come back.” He ended up dropping out of the 2001 Ironman and had basically retired from the sport. He spent his days in the summer of 2002 flying around on his motorcycle over his former bike routes. He was in Starbucks one day with donut crumbs littering his leathers. A good friend named Rob Hasegawa approached him. He had watched Reid spiral downhill to the point where he couldn’t take it anymore. He placed an article by Mark Allen, ‘18 Weeks to Your First Ironman’ in front of Reid. “Peter,” he said. “Go back to Hawaii and finish the damn thing. Then quit the sport with some closure.” It was 15 weeks until race day so he was already three weeks behind. Reid lost 25 pounds over the next 15 weeks and the love of the sport came back. With a smile on his face, he ended up second to Tim DeBoom in 2002 and in 2003 he came back again and won his third Ironman World Championship title. “In the beginning, I just loved to mix it up with the big boys,” he says. “Then I got to the point where I was scared to lose, where I was more worried about what my sponsors thought than following my passion.” At the end of the day, winning that third title in 2003 was great. But, to me, Peter Reid’s second place in 2002 was way more important. When we got together in Kona in 2016 to chat on Breakfast with Bob, Peter and I talked about his journey from that first, magical win in 1998, to his too-close-for-comfort second win in 2000, to his third win in 2003, and his most important race: that 2nd place in 2002…. Watch the full interview here 36 From Ken Strominger: “Watching the Hoyts sprint past several competitors as they raced to the finish line is my favorite Kona Moment.” Here’s father Dick Hoyt talking about racing with his son, Rick Hoyt: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Bob Babbitt (@babbittville) on Jun 16, 2019 at 9:00am PDT A little piece that I wrote about the Hoyts for our 2016 Kona Countdown…. As a dad, what would you do if doctors told you that your son Rick was a vegetable and that he should be institutionalized? If you’re Dick Hoyt, you ignore the experts and prove everyone wrong. They started with Dick pushing Ricky at short running events but quickly moved up to the marathon. The Boston Marathon in the early years wanted nothing to do with Dick and Rick Hoyt. To qualify to get into their hometown marathon, 40-year-old Dick had to run under 2:50, a time that would qualify Rick, who was in his 20s. So they went to the Marine Corps Marathon and Dick pushed Rick to an unbelievable 2:45:23 and Boston was forced to let Dick and Rick into the event. How things have changed! Now there is a statue on the Boston Marathon course of the ultimate father and his son. When it came to the Ironman, Dick would need to pull Rick in an inflatable boat, ride with Rick in a specially built seat on the handlebars so Dick could keep Rick fed and hydrated throughout the ride, and then push Rick in a jogger during the marathon. In 1989 they completed the swim in 1:54:06, their bike ride was 8:01:30 even though the combined weight of Dick, Rick, and the bike was 376 pounds. Then Dick ran 4:30:27 for the marathon while pushing Rick, for a finishing time of 14:26:04. What would a father do for his son? If you’re Dick Hoyt, that’s simple: Absolutely anything! 35 From Axel Reusch: “In the early 90s (I think it was my first Kona in 1992). I rode to Hawi the week before the race. It was hot and windy as it always is. So in Hawi I dropped in a store to refuel and met an older gentleman from Denmark, who was also competing. I congratulated him for taking part at his advanced age (he was in his 70s). He told me that it was the highlight of his athletic career: ‘…this… and being a part of the Danish water polo team at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.’ My jaw dropped while I started calculating if that was even possible. Forgot his name unfortunately. I was deeply impressed. What a cool sport, a 25-year-old kid racing in the same race as a 70-ish-old gentleman.” The village of Hawi on the Big Island of Hawaii: the turnaround point on the bike at the Ironman World Championship 34 Cory Foulk and the Joy of Jolly Ranchers Dr. Cory Foulk lives on the Big Island, and a number of years ago he thought that the Ironman was getting a tad too expensive and people were losing site of the fact that it’s not about the cost of the bike you ride, it’s about the toughness of the person riding that bike. So what did he do? He qualified for the race and then rolled in his 65-pound Schwinn Typhoon that he had bought for $25. When he got to the transition area, he was told he couldn’t bring a bike in that had a kickstand on it. He took the kickstand off, but then had to put it back on when the officials realized his tires were too thick to fit into the bike rack. He came out of the swim, put on his Hawaiian shirt, and rode 112 miles barefoot on his cruiser bike that had only one gear. He made all of the cut off times that day and proved that it’s the athlete that matters at the Ironman, not what that athlete spends on equipment. Cory tells us a bit about his day at the Ironman World Championship on his Schwinn… Interesting side note: There is a rule now that you cannot ride a cruiser bike at the Ironman Triathlon World Championship. We call that TCFR, The Cory Foulk Rule! 33 Rocky Campbell: The Builder The first year Rocky Campbell helped out with the Ironman World Championship was one of the first years the event was in Kona. “I was at an aid station from midnight to 4 a.m. After that year they added a midnight cutoff time. The next year, I helped at the pier.” Rocky has been a volunteer for nearly 40 years. For most of that time he was in charge of building anything and everything you see on the pier and at the finish line and then tearing it all down again. Imagine: Campbell and his crew do not get access to Ali’i Drive until Thursday at noon. They have a day and a half to change a small street into a shrine, the most famous finish line on the planet. Several years ago, someone dropped the entire finish-line structure and it shattered into 100 pieces. This was on Friday and the team rebuilt it from scratch in just a few short hours. ”It looked good as new,” recalls Campbell, who doesn’t hesitate to admit that it was he who accidentally totaled the structure. “It just proves how great our team is.” While he has seen the midnight finish a few times, by 3 p.m. on Ironman Day, he is having an early dinner before hitting the sack. By 4 a.m. Sunday morning, he and his team are breaking everything down on Ali’i Drive and by noon the road is open to traffic once again. “It is still fun, and I have met wonderful people through the Ironman,” says Campbell. “The grip Ironman has on the people who race it is really something special.” Rocky was inducted into the Ironman Hall of Fame in 2018. 32 Today on our Kona Countdown we’re honoring 2013 Ironman World Champion Frederik Van Lierde. Freddy is retiring from professional racing, and raced his last international race this weekend at Ironman 70.3 Les Sables d’Olonne. Thank you Freddy, and congratulations on your awesome career! Here’s Freddy from our 2015 Breakfast with Bob from Kona interview talking about winning the Ironman World Championship… 31 From Team Liza, mom Beth James and daughter Liza: “Our absolute favorite Kona 2019 moment!” Liza James with CAF athlete Roderick Sewell before the 2019 Ironman World Championship. Photo by Donald Miralle for The Challenged Athletes Foundation Team Liza captured everyone’s attention at the 2019 Ironman World Championship as they attempted to become the first mother-daughter duo to complete the toughest day in sport together. Beth, pulling Liza in a raft, completed the swim in 1:44, and made it through the grueling bike, but missed the cut-off by 13 minutes. This short video clip of Beth and Liza climbing up Palani showed just how tough Beth is and that she would do anything for her daughter. View this post on Instagram It’s Team Liza, mom Beth and daughter Liza climbing Palani Hill early in the bike after their 2.4 mile swim. Go Beth and Liza! #VegaTeam #TeamCAF A post shared by Bob Babbitt (@babbittville) on Oct 12, 2019 at 12:22pm PDT WATCH our pre-race Breakfast with Bob interview with Beth and Liza James here. WATCH the profile on double amputee Roderick Sewell from the IRONMAN TV show here. Check out Part 1 Here Check out Part 3 Here Check out some of our Kona Countdowns from the last five years here. The post 2020 Kona Countdown: Your Favorite Kona Moments Part 2 appeared first on Babbittville.
37 minutes | 3 months ago
Gwen Jorgensen: Breakfast with Bob Stay Home Edition
From our Breakfast with Bob: Stay Home Edition show, enjoy this interview with Gwen Jorgensen. Gwen Jorgensen didn’t connect with the sport of triathlon until 2010. By 2012 she raced in her first Olympic Games in London and then she became the most dominant triathlete on the planet, winning 13 WTS races in a row before winning the Gold in Rio in 2016. She moved from triathlon to running after becoming a mom and now is hoping to make the 2021 US Olympic team at either the 5,000 or 10,000 meters. Gwen and I also talked about our drive to increase diversity in the sport of triathlon and how we both love Bernard Lyles’ Tri-Masters Program, which has helped Black kids in Chicago learn to swim and participate in triathlons. WATCH the interview on the Babbittville YouTube channel here. The post Gwen Jorgensen: Breakfast with Bob Stay Home Edition appeared first on Babbittville.
36 minutes | 3 months ago
Max Fennell: Breakfast with Bob Stay Home Edition
From our Breakfast with Bob: Stay Home Edition show, enjoy this interview with Max Fennell. An injury ended Max Fennell‘s promising soccer career. Next up was the sport of triathlon where he became the first African American professional triathlete. After that was a stint on Lebron James’ ‘Million Dollar Mile’ TV show where he was a defender known as ‘The Machine.’ Max also shared some of his eye-opening experiences living as a Black man in America. WATCH the interview on the Babbittville YouTube channel here. The post Max Fennell: Breakfast with Bob Stay Home Edition appeared first on Babbittville.
35 minutes | 3 months ago
Lucy Charles-Barclay: Breakfast with Bob Stay Home Edition
From our Breakfast with Bob: Stay Home Edition show, enjoy this interview with Lucy Charles-Barclay. It’s not often that someone jumps into the sport of triathlon and has immediate success. But UK’s Lucy Charles-Barclay, in three short years as a pro, has taken second in Kona three years in a row, won the Challenge Championship three times, and in 2019 won Challenge Roth. WATCH the interview on the Babbittville YouTube channel here. The post Lucy Charles-Barclay: Breakfast with Bob Stay Home Edition appeared first on Babbittville.
27 minutes | 3 months ago
Zach Campbell was a motocross champion at the age of 13 before being paralyzed in a motocross accident not long after winning the 2001 Alabama Summer Motocross Championship. He began driving Legends cars with hand controls and his goal now is to get back into racing. The post Zach Campbell appeared first on Babbittville.
47 minutes | 4 months ago
Erin Baker and Scott Molina: Breakfast with Bob Stay Home Edition
From our Breakfast with Bob: Stay Home Edition show, enjoy this interview with Ironman Triathlon legends Erin Baker and Scott Molina. Erin Baker and Scott Molina are two of the most decorated triathletes of all time and in 2018 they were inducted into the Ironman Hall of Fame together. In this wide-ranging chat we go through their awesome careers. WATCH the interview on the Babbittville YouTube channel here. The post Erin Baker and Scott Molina: Breakfast with Bob Stay Home Edition appeared first on Babbittville.
20 minutes | 4 months ago
Gurujan Dourson has been doing triathlons since 1984, served as President of the Tri Club of San Diego, and trained hundreds of triathletes through Team in Training for the LavaMan Triathlon on the Big Island of Hawaii. After going through multiple ankle surgeries he recently had his leg amputated below the knee. His goal is to race LavaMan next Spring using his brand new running leg! Pictured above: Gurujan with his family at the 2014 Carlsbad Triathlon. He was given race number 300 in honor of his 300th multi-sport event. The post Gurujan Dourson appeared first on Babbittville.
39 minutes | 5 months ago
Greg Welch: Breakfast with Bob Stay Home Edition
From our Breakfast with Bob: Stay Home Edition interview show, enjoy this epic interview with the one and only Greg Welch. Australia’s Greg Welch won the 1994 Ironman World Championship, finished second in 1991, and took third in both 1989 and 1996. But his 11th place finish in 1999, despite the fact that he was having major heart Issues throughout the day, is simply unbelievable. WATCH the interview on the Babbittville YouTube channel here. The post Greg Welch: Breakfast with Bob Stay Home Edition appeared first on Babbittville.
21 minutes | 5 months ago
Kush Mahan: ZoneIN
Kush Mahan is the co-founder and CEO of ZoneIN, a personalized nutrition app that will be launching soon. He came on to chat about his background as a professional squash player and how, over time, he and so many other athletes could really use some direction when it came to the best fueling for the best race day performance. The post Kush Mahan: ZoneIN appeared first on Babbittville.
32 minutes | 5 months ago
Cam Wurf: Breakfast with Bob Stay Home Edition
A few months ago, when we launched our Breakfast with Bob: Stay Home Edition interview show, we couldn’t think of a better person to help us kick it off than Cam Wurf. The guy is a walking-talking ray of sunshine. When we spoke to Cam, he was about to become a daddy for the very first time. And who else on the planet has: won Ironman Italy in 7:46:54 in September, finished 5th at the Ironman World Championship in October, raced for Australia in an ITU event in November, and been part of Team Ineos in a World Tour Pro Cycling event in February (which was his first pro cycling race in five and a half years). Cam has one of the best engines, attitudes, and personalities in all of endurance sports! WATCH the interview on the Babbittville YouTube channel here. The post Cam Wurf: Breakfast with Bob Stay Home Edition appeared first on Babbittville.
28 minutes | 5 months ago
Coach Nate Garcia
Nate Garcia is the long-time track and cross country coach at UC San Diego. Before that he ran for legendary running coach Ted Van Arsdale. We chat about Nate’s running and coaching careers and how he is adapting to UCSD becoming a Division I school. The post Coach Nate Garcia appeared first on Babbittville.
52 minutes | 5 months ago
Richard Browne Jr.
Richard Browne’s life changed forever when he was 16 years old back in 2007. He slipped and fell through a plate glass window and ended up having 13 surgeries over the next three years to try and save his leg. In 2010 he had his leg amputated below the knee and by 2012 he was at the Paralympics in London winning a silver medal at 100 meters on the track. He followed that up by breaking the 100 meter World Record in 2013 and the 200 meter World Record in 2014. His next goal? To make the US OLYMPIC team in the decathlon! The post Richard Browne Jr. appeared first on Babbittville.
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