Bob Babbitt's Endurance World Newsletter Vol 1 Edition 5
May 4, 2016
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In this edition of Bob Babbitt’s Endurance World, we celebrate Mother’s Day by honoring the women who somehow find a way to balance life as a mom with an ability to kick ass and take names.

Beth Gerdes is a mom and a professional triathlete who last week won Ironman Australia and ran a 2:56 marathon off the bike.

Liz Lyles is the mother of two and, ironically, last weekend won her second Wildflower championship in a row and now has one title for each kid.

Jami Marseilles is a mother of two who lost both legs below the knee back in 1988 when she was only 19 years old. In April she became the first double amputee woman to finish the Boston Marathon.

Then there is cyclist Denise Mueller, who has a definite need for speed that comes directly from her mom, a former Demolition Derby driver. Denise’s goal? To set the land speed record on a bicycle in September on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Check out our in-studio interview with Denise and her coach, the legendary John Howard, and follow Denise's journey on

We’ve also included an editorial I wrote a few years ago on a mom who was racing Ironman 70.3 Oceanside when she hit a speed bump and went down hard about half a mile into the 56 mile bike ride. I was announcing at the Hot Corner that day and asked her if she wanted to drop out. Her answer was epic as she pointed out her husband, who was standing nearby with their three kids. Rather than give away her answer, I’ll use this as a tease to encourage you to read the article. I hope you enjoy it. 

And to all of you moms out there, thank you for everything you do to make our lives better!
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We chatted with Beth Gerdes and Luke McKenzie in October during Ironman Week for a Breakfast with Bob interview. Beth talked about getting back in racing shape and tackling four Ironman races in the 16 months after her daughter was born.
On April 30, Liz Lyles successfully defended her title at the legendary Wildflower Triathlon Long Course. Get to know this mother of two in our Babbittville Radio interview.
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Jami Marseilles sat down with us a few days before she successfully completed the Boston Marathon for a Breakfast with Bob: Boston Edition interview. We chatted with Jami about some of the things that inspire her and keep her going when the obstacles seem huge.
Denise Mueller inspires many with her fearless spirit, including her three boys, who see in their mom a great role model who is not afraid to break through barriers.  

Mother's Day

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 Hot Corner’ label because the participants come out of the 1.2 mile swim, ride a few blocks, and then turn left right below where I am standing.

When the triathletes return from their 56 mile Tour de Camp Pendleton, they will take a right when they get to me and head back to transition. Then it’s time to change once again, this time to running gear, and attempt a two loop out and back 13.1 mile run that comes right by me twice more.

Some people see their family members less often than I will see the 2,000 Iron-hopefuls on this picture perfect Saturday morning.

But this particular woman, who really did not want to be seeing me quite so early in the day, is almost directly underneath the tower and now I can see why she is so upset. Tina Lount-Pretre is from Canada where she ran track – the 1500 and the 3000 – and cross country in high school and college. She completed her engineering degree at Harvard and her masters at Stanford, so the woman obviously has a tad bit going on upstairs. Which might explain why steam is coming out of both ears. Turns out that her back tire was rubbing and she decided to solve that by opening up the rear brakes. While she was riding. “I ran right into the Caution: Bump sign,” she remembers. Not quite the Ivy League thing to do. She went down in a heap, cut open both shoulders and split her front tire into three pieces. Lount-Pretre got to her feet and realized that she was bleeding and that her bike was toast.

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