Bob Babbitt's Endurance World Newsletter Vol 1 Edition 3
April 6, 2016
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Welcome to the third edition of Bob Babbitt’s Endurance World Newsletter.

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For this edition, with the legendary Boston Marathon right around the corner, what could be better than a chat with America’s Chief Runner, Bart Yasso from Runner’s World, and a look back at America’s Finest Runner Meb Keflezighi’s legendary 2014 win?

We also have a Challenged Athletes Foundation profile on Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott, and an interview with Ryan Bolton, the former Olympic Triathlete who coached Caroline Rotich to her 2015 Boston Marathon title.

Since we are talking Boston, we’ve also included an article I wrote on former Boston Celtic, Bill Walton.

And since we’re focusing on an event that honors really fast runners, who better to showcase than the three-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion, course record holder and marathon course record holder, Australia’s Mirinda Carfrae?

Speaking of Kona and Boston: Did you know that 146 participants at the Ironman World Championship qualified for the Boston Marathon this year?

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"You can create faster courses. You can create fancier shirts for a race. You can do all that kind of stuff. But you can’t create history. Boston Marathon has the history."
In this far-ranging interview, Bart reflects on his experiences at Boston in 2014, including the powerful story of the runner who was stopped at mile 25 in 2013 and paused his watch, only to keep it stopped until he returned one year later to finish his marathon in 2014.
After Boston Marathon bombing survivor Celeste Corcoran presented Meb Keflezighi with the Endurance Sports Athlete of the Year Award at the 2014 Tri-Palooza Awards Gala, Meb gave a very heartfelt and insightful speech, taking us through the final 8 miles of his emotional win at Boston.

Those are the words of 2000 U.S. Olympic triathlete and Ironman Lake Placid Champion Ryan Bolton, who coaches the 2015 Boston Marathon Champion Caroline Rotich.
Mirinda Carfrae
Mirinda Carfrae, the marathon course record holder, ran 2:50:26 at the Ironman World Championship in 2014, which would have been 39th overall that year at the Boston Marathon. And when you consider the Boston race in 2012, the “hot year” when it reached 89 degrees on the course, her time would have been 15th overall.

The three-time Ironman World Champion chatted on Breakfast with Bob during race week in Kona this past October. Mirinda took us through her 2014 hard-fought victory, and also explained why she thinks her 2013 win was her greatest performance in Kona. 
How Fast Could She Go?
If Mirinda Carfrae ran the Boston Marathon - without swimming 2.4 miles and biking 112 miles before - how fast do you think she could run? 
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Bill Walton is a basketball legend. He led UCLA to 88 straight wins and two national titles. He was the number one draft pick of the Portland Trailblazers, led them to the NBA championship back in 1977 and was the most valuable player of the championship series that same year. He won another NBA title, this time with the Boston Celtics, in 1986. At 6’11”, he was undoubtedly one of the greatest basketball players in history. He was named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team despite the fact that, in a career marred by injuries, he played a total of only 488 games while missing 680.

As fans and amateur athletes, we tend to put professional athletes up on a pedestal and wonder how cool it would be to live that life.

Be careful what you wish for.

Bill Walton has two fused ankles and has suffered through 36 surgeries in his 58 years. He had to give up his career as a basketball analyst because his back issues were so severe he not only couldn’t get on a plane, he couldn’t leave the house. For two years he basically was forced to live on the floor of his San Diego home, crawling to the bathroom and eating his meals there. The pain in his back was excruciating. “I wasn’t living,” he admits. “Every day was worse than the day before.”

It got so bad that he actually contemplated suicide.

But then came the miracle. 

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CAF Athlete Profile: Heather Abbott
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