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Bob Babbitt's Endurance World Newsletter Vol 1 Edition 2
March 16, 2016
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Welcome to the second edition of Bob Babbitt’s Endurance World Newsletter.


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In this issue we chat with one of the world’s greatest coaches, Brett Sutton, and get his thoughts on Olympic Gold Medalist Emma Snowsill, four-time Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington, current Ironman 70.3 World Champion and Ironman World Champion Daniela Ryf, and defending Olympic Gold Medalist Nicola Spirig. Four great athletes, four awesome stories and one great coach. I learn something every time I chat with Brett.

Also in this issue, meet Cameron Wurf, one of the greatest athletes you have probably never heard of – and someone who is hoping to win Kona in October.

And to wrap things up is an editorial I wrote in RACEPLACE Magazine on concert pianist and 93 year old marathoner Harriette Thompson. What a great lady! Years ago I was at the national master’s swim meet and interviewing a 100 year old gentleman who won every race he was in. I asked him the secret to his success:

 “If you can’t beat ‘em, outlive ‘em!”

Harriette is doing just that.

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Nicola Spirig started in the sport at the age of 10 and made her first Olympic Team in 2004 in Athens. In this wide-ranging interview we cover her three Olympic appearances, her sprint finish with Lisa Norden for the Gold in 2012 in London, her Ironman Cozumel win in 2015, and her long-time coaching relationship with Brett Sutton.
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What Do You Think?
Since this is an Olympic year, would you be in favor of a wild card entry to the 2016 Ironman World Championship in Kona being offered to the male and female Olympic Gold Medalists? I'd love to see it. 
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Cameron Wurf
Aussie Cameron Wurf is someone I met for the first time during Breakfast with Bob in Kona last October. The former Olympic rower and pro cyclist had recently moved to triathlon and was racing Kona with a broken foot, but you could tell he was loving every aspect of the Kona vibe. I see him as the Bo Jackson of endurance sports and his personality takes his upside to a whole other level.
“I was racing as an age grouper so we started ten minutes after the pros. I had a really good ride, averaged 325 watts, passed all of the pros and was first off the bike. When I got off the bike I wasn’t sure how I was going to be able to run my first ever marathon, but when my feet hit the ground I felt like a new man. The pros were great. Eight caught me during the marathon as I was plodding around like a fat pig and they were all so supportive. I loved that about triathlon right away. Everyone was amazing, pros and amateurs alike. I was the first amateur and ninth overall and punched my ticket to Kona.”
-Cameron Wurf, on his first Ironman, at Whistler
Listen to Cameron Wurf on Babbittville Radio.
Age is Just a Number
First published in RACEPLACE

When she was born, Babe Ruth was still ruling the U.S. sporting world and Charles Lindbergh had yet to become the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean by air. In her youth, she loved to swim and roller skate and never felt the need to grow up. “I always liked to do things in a hurry,” laughs 92 year old Harriette Thompson. “I still remember the Dean of my college calling me into his office to tell me that it wasn’t okay to be roller skating on campus or to be wearing ski pants to class.”
She married her husband, Sydnor, two hours after she graduated from college and they were together for 67 years, until he passed away from pancreatic cancer in January of 2015.
Last May, Harriette became the oldest woman to finish a marathon when she completed the Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon in 7:24:36. The two-time cancer survivor has raised more than $100,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society during the 16 times she has completed the only marathon event she has ever participated in.
In an era where women were expected to be stay at home mothers, Harriette was anything but to her five children. She was a classical musician who traveled the world playing the piano. During her career, she played Carnegie Hall three times.
Starting in 1974, she would tour the world as a soloist and play one concert on the way over to Europe on the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship and one concert on the way back. “It was a great way to get a paid vacation and I did that for ten years,” she remembers.  She would take some of her five children along on her excursions abroad so they could learn to love to travel as much as she did.
Harriette first got into running at the age of 76 and in 1999 she did the second-ever Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego. She was hooked. “The discipline from my years in piano definitely helped my running,” she admits.
To celebrate her 90th birthday three years ago, she traveled the country and performed in senior centers in North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Colorado and South Carolina. “It was very exciting,” she says. “Every concert was standing room only.”


Her secrets to a long and happy life? Don’t dwell on bad things, always think positive thoughts, stay active, be happy, and understand that age is just a number.

And, in Harriette’s case, it’s just a number to be ignored.
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CAF Athlete Profile: Celeste Corcoran
With the Boston Marathon coming up soon, meet Celeste Corcoran, whose CAF video is highlighted here.
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