Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

Find out why thousands of beginner, intermediate, and advanced athletes are improving their training and racing with accessible, functional and genuine conversation about triathlon. An Age Group triathlete and his coach, who aren't afraid to laugh at themselves, look for smart and enjoyable solutions in a sport that's often dumb and painful. Mike Tarrolly and Robbie Bruce explore the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual side of training and racing everything from Ironman to a Sprint. on Monday and Thursday.
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Feb 27, 2017

"Swimming is good for your bike and your run.  Cycling is good for swimming and running.  Running is good for running." - Coach Robbie

Today, we look at the benefits of the cross train on all disciplines, along with other random triathlon insights.  We talk about the Crushing Iron documentary, which is in the works again, along with why focusing on one sport could be a huge advantage in the long run.  

Today's Topics:

- Crushing Iron: The Documentary
- Why swimming is so good for your run
- Running may be King, but it's the most likely to make you a pauper
- Focusing on one discipline for a year
- When to schedule your half marathon prep race
- How and why recovery swims and rides work
- Finding rhythm in your training
- How to make friends at the race expo

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Feb 23, 2017

The pre-race taper is one of the most confusing parts of triathlon.  A lot of us make the mistake of calling it "rest" but it really should be a strategic one, two, or three week approach to fine tuning your muscles and mind.  Today, we go deep into tapering philosophy to give you some good food for thought based on your fitness level, PLUS, tell you about the new Crushing Iron Training Plans and how you can get a 30% discount.  

- How long should your taper be for a Sprint, Olympic, Half, or Full?
- How long should your workouts be during race week
- How to handle the day before the race
- Why your fitness level should determine "how" you taper
- Why losing intensity during your taper is a huge mistake
- Why you should never say "I'm training through my 'B' race"

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Feb 20, 2017


Seems like it's that time of the year when everybody's getting sick or worn down from an early season surge and change in the weather. Today we look at when it's okay to push through and when (and how) you should reel it in. There's also a lot in here on how to get over the hump when you're not feeling like doing a workout. But there's much more, including: 

- The mental and emotional sides of being sick and/or worn down
- Planning Swim, Bike, Run as one Race vs. 3 sports
- Building a “different” kind of confidence
- When to trash today’s workout
- When Zone One Is Your Best Friend
- Aligning patience with pure motives
- Do what’s going to make you feel the best
- How to motivate when you’re not feeling it

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Feb 16, 2017

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If you're looking for passion about triathlon, look no further than Stephen Del Monte, Race Director for Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City and several others events on the south Jersey Shore. He's all about customer service and goes out of his way to make sure every athlete succeeds.  He has tons of videos where he personally guides you how to sight the swims and what to watch for as potential problems on the bike and run.  He's a great storyteller and explains how he went from a teacher to a race announcer to a race director, along with:

- The secrets to producing a great race
- The one thing that pisses off triathletes most
- He addresses the Ironman critics and explains why WTC is the best event company in the world
- He explains how the Ironman relationship works with local race directors  
- Why many triathletes are intimidated by Ironman Branded Races and why they shouldn’t be
- What he thinks is the best Half
- The ONE THING Race Directors cannot get away with
- Your number one concern as an athlete entering any race.  
- Why Ironman gets so many volunteers
- How he deals with weather cancellations and shortened courses
- How Ironman is putting pressure on grass roots races and why that’s a good thing

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Feb 13, 2017

Did you spend more money on your helmet than your bike fit?  That could be problem number one, especially considering a bad bike fit can not only hurt your ride, it can destroy your run.  It's easy to get sidetracked by the glitzy temptations of cycling gear, but there are many better options for your time and money. Today we discuss a smart and well-rounded approach to being a better cyclist. How To Not Suck At Cycling discusses:  

- Choosing the right bike
- What results you need from a bike fit
- Solid Baselines for your training 
- Understanding Zones 1-5
- Why you're likely making a common training Zone Mistake
- Training with RPE, HR, and Power Meters
- Picking the right helmet
- Buying a suit
- Hydration set up
- Race Wheels 

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Feb 9, 2017

It's natural to get excited about triathlon, but when does it work against you?  Mike and Coach Robbie recently read an article called "When Passion Becomes Destructive" by Brad Stulberg and it kicked off a lot of bad memories.  Times when the only thing that mattered in their lives was their "A Race" and how that took them away from things that are really important.  Today's podcast covers:

- The difference between harmonious and obsessive passion
- How we can apply lessons from the Super Bowl to our Big Race
- Cultivating long-term health, happiness, and performance while avoiding suffering
- Why we take training failures personally
- How to not get sucked into a never ending cycle of searching for satisfaction
- Why obsessive passion can lead to depression
- How to trade awards and rankings for mastering your body
- The number one recipe for distress and failure  

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Feb 5, 2017

This is a podcast based off a TED talk by Julian Treasure.  It's titled "How to speak so that people want to listen." Once we heard his 7 Deadly Sins of Speaking, we thought it really applied to triathlete talk, and more specifically the things we probably shouldn't be doing.  We both agree that we have fallen into these traps, but want to approach it consciously moving forward and think it will benefit the sport, and the image of the sport to outsiders.  We also offer ways to change thinking during these discussions.  

7 Deadly Sins of Triathlete Speak

  1. Gossip.  
  2. Judging 
  3. Negativity 
  4. Complaining
  5. Excuses 
  6. Lying
  7. Dogmatism 

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Feb 2, 2017

It's easy to get excited when you sign up for your first race or an Ironman, but it's quite another to get into the groove in cold winter months.  Today we dig into methods to regain a "love for the game" and to keep wanting more.  

- A Swim Challenge
- A Run Challenge
- How to Design an Early Season Run Week 
- Recognizing When To Turn it up a Notch
- Frequency Vs. Volume
- How To Finish Your Workouts Wanting More
- Why Consistency Rules
- You're Not Ready Now, So Don't Prove It
- Swim The Suck

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