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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May 29, 2017

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Brad Stulberg co-wrote "Peak Performance" with Steve Magness, and Coach Robbie and Mike both give it 100% endorsements. We would describe "Peak Performance" as a reference manual for getting the most out of your life. 

On today's podcast, Brad takes us on a deep dive, explaining how stress, when combined with rest, is the best formula for growth. He gives examples of how endurance athletes can push themselves to the edge and conquer those elusive breakthroughs. We also talk about multi-tasking, performance enhancing drugs, and why mindfulness may be the missing link in your training. 

Today, the science of performance collides with eloquent storytelling. Pre-order "Peak Performance" today to help Brad and Steve get off to a good start on the charts. If you buy one book to help your racing and/or life this year, make it this one. 

  • Brad's life change from a power business consultant to endurance author
  • How Brad connected with University of Houston X-Country Coach Steve Magness
  • Defining stress as it relates to our lives and why it is the fuel for growth
  • Multi-tasking vs. the power of single-tasking
  • Why for 99% of people Effective Multi-Tasking Is Effective Delusional Thinking
  • The push/pull between stress and rest
  • Creating "blocks of stress"
  • Why skill comes from struggle
  • Defining "Just Manageable Challenges" and why they are the key to reaching "Flow State"
  • How mindfulness helps you deal with race pain
  • The importance of rest, and what qualifies as solid recovery
  • "Social Recovery"
  • Transcending your "self" by finding your purpose

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May 25, 2017

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An early season race can be a great way to catapult your season, but the week after you cross the line is critical. What should you do to make sure you not only recover, but use the biggest "training day" of the year in the most effective way? Plus, we break down Ironman Chattanooga 70.3 for 5 Crushing Iron athletes and find out what they learned and need to work on as the season moves forward. 

- The 7 days after a race and what workouts you should do
- Why did your run fall apart?
- More weight training?
- Building your bike in the best smartest way
- How to train for a wetsuit race when it's hot

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May 22, 2017

The Crushing Iron War between Mike and CC is in the books. Find out who won, how it went down and what was learned from this early season 70.3. The race was under huge threat of thunderstorms and possibly having an event or two shortened or cancelled. We talk about what actually happened on race day and how the RD made their decision. Also, info on the course, the experience, and what next.

- Racing Chattanooga
- Tight hamstrings on the run
- Advantages of mountain biking
- When it might be OK to cook the bike
- Lessons learned from early season races and what to do with that information
- Shortened swim reasoning

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May 18, 2017

On a recent podcast we addressed "One-and-Done" Bucket List Ironman racers and how it impacts the sport. That was followed by an interesting discussion on our closed Facebook Group regarding "respect for the sport" and what does that mean? Today we get into that topic, plus how "respecting yourself" plays a role in triathlon. We also take a slight detour into ITU and find out why that will likely be the future for triathlon. 

- Why our conversations don't go down the combative road
- We discuss the Ironman "run" and what it means to walk most of it
- Triathlon as part of the JOURNEY
- Why ITU is the future of triathlon
- Would Ironman Races be better if there were more loops?
- Surefire way to your best Ironman
- Are you really "sponsored?"
- Respecting the Race and/or the Distance

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May 15, 2017

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Race season is here and the Crushing Iron podcast dives into the PRESSURES that can surface race week, pre-race, and inside the race. Mike is living it right now and Coach Robbie walks through some solid ways to get out of your head and put it onto the course in a positive way. We're all about turning negatives into positives and helping you get the most out of your training and races. Here's how today's podcast breaks out:

- Bad workouts (how to shift these in your mind)
- Scaled back workouts (how to stay on track and not over-work)
- Phantom Injuries (go through what this means and why it's a good thing)
- Getting into a confident mindset (setting realistic goals, reaffirming you've done the work)
- How important it is to assist your body to re-build (The POINT of TAPERING)
- The fine line between being pumped and relaxed
- The subtle force that shifts your realistic race goals
- Forgetting to warm up
3. IN-RACE PRESSURES (Staying within yourself)
- How to benefit from something going wrong early… goggles… contact… 
- How to stay focused in your box
- Resisting desire to keep up with others
- How to stay in your own race

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May 11, 2017

Most of us are in triathlon because we love it, but the sport is far from perfect. In a bold attempt to save the sport from itself, Mike and Coach Robbie analyze the current state of triathlon and offer a few suggestions. Not much is off limits including: Ironman, pro triathletes, terminology, local races, and one-and-done racers.

- Ironman Race Prices
- Why isn't Ironman selling out?
- A New Plan that would would make triathletes commit to the sport
- Why your workout wasn't "epic"
- Why "Boom" has no place in our sport
- One and done bucket listers
- Triathlon "Hacks"
- Weeding through garbage triathlon information
- Why Lionel Sanders may have missed his window
- Where is the Truth in Triathlon?

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May 8, 2017

Round two of questions for Coach Robbie and it's a good one! Below are several of the questions, but there's a lot more. Coaching relationships, when do gains stop and the taper begin? How to beat racer's blues. How and when to strength train. Switching, practicing nutrition. And And last one is about swimming cramps and some great stuff comes up! 

- What is proper etiquette when switching coaches, especially when you're great friends?
- Tips for overcoming post-race blues?
- At what point prior to a race, are you just not going to get any stronger/faster, point of diminishing returns?
- Strength training: when and how much ok?
- Practicing nutrition? Yikes.
- How to reduce/minimize feet and leg cramps on the swim.
- Plus several more that relate to these and some from Mike

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May 4, 2017

Today we talk about real strategies you can use to get mentally tougher. In the spirit of complete transparency, we used the bullet points from this article from to outline our discussion. And in the spirit of double transparency, we didn't read the article, just the 9 points and went from there. We also talk about 11 Ways to Get to Kona (per WTC) Here's the outline:

From the Article: 9 Tools For Building Mental Toughness

Make The Commitment
Build Confidence with difficult workouts 
Know the purpose of each workout
Make the race a research project
Perform pre-race simulations 
Focus on what can be controlled
Don’t race unprepared 
When Racing, think through the tough patches
Conduct a thorough post-race analysis

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May 1, 2017

negative split or the action of negative splitting is a racing strategy that involves completing the second half of a race faster than the first half. It is defined by the intentional setting of a slower initial pace, followed by either a gradual or sudden increase of speed towards the end of a race.

Everyone says they want Negative Split, but most of us fail. Today we talk about why that happens, and what you can do to pull it off more consistently. Also, WHY it's so important that you DO Negative Split your races. From Swim, to Bike, to Run, the negative split strategy is always a winning move. Don't let someone else dictate what your race and season look like. Commit to the MINDSET of NEGATIVE SPLIT RACING.

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