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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Jun 29, 2017

Steve DelMonte is a full-time Race Director. He has incredible passion for the sport, but he's more concerned about athletes enjoying their lives. We get into a lot of things with Steve, including: planning a race, cancelling a race like Alcatraz, changing the swim at Wisconsin, dealing with upset athletes, and getting the most out of your race. It's a great and inspiring conversation that will have you ready to get outside and fall back in love with the tough parts of triathlon. 

- Cancelled Swim at Escape from Alcatraz
- The story behind Escape the Cape
- Why they really changed Ironman Wisconsin's swim start
- How race directors should treat their athletes 
- Working behind the scenes with city leaders, businesses and churches to secure swim, bike, and run courses
- What it's like to have two races in a row cancelled by weather
- Race insurance
- Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City news
- How to race with gratitude and excellent thoughts on how athletes can better enjoy their day

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Jun 26, 2017

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We posted this question in our closed Crushing Iron Facebook group and it got a ton of comments: Can you go from Couch to Ironman in 16 Weeks? Obviously it depends on where the person is in their life and what they've done before, but we think having a shorter, more focused window can actually be a benefit. This will also translate if you're doing a shorter race and think you've run out of time. You probably haven't. 

- He qualified for Ironman 70.3 Worlds in his first triathlon
- What your coach should be doing for you
- When to prioritize friends and family
- When to prioritize training
- Why you should take more days off from training
- Secretive coaching
- Listener texts as examples of progress
- Why mountain bike training matters
- Why people fade away at the wrong time when they do late season races
- When is the best time to turn up the training for your Ironman
- Throwing out "excuse crumbs"
- The best way to go from couch to Ironman
- Plus, an example of how a C26 athlete finished an Ironman with 5 weeks of training

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Jun 23, 2017

We have both done Ironman Wisconsin and are wondering why they would drop the Mass Start? We debate all the possibilities and can't really rationalize why. If anyone knows the Race Director at Wisconsin, we would love to have him on the podcast. Also, we address the age grouper who deflated her competitor's tire before Ironman 70.3 Syracuse. 

- Is a wave start safer really than a mass start?
- Is this more about congestion in transition or on the bike course?
- Why a mass start is BETTER for weak swimmers
- Where do these kinds of changes end, if ever?
- Will Wisconsin continue to sell out after this change?
- What other ways can Wisconsin make the race safer? (Satire)
- Can we forgive the woman who let air out of her competitor's tire at Syracuse?

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Jun 22, 2017

Questions about your cycling stroke and how to improve it? Curious about the best way to prepare, attack, and recover from 90 degree runs? Want to know how to analyze your swim stroke? Want to keep your head high when an injury slows you down? All of this is answered, and more in this power-packed episode.

- Great technique for balancing your cycle stroke
- Mental approaches to cycling and how balance/dance make you better
- Why your mindset has to be different when you go out in the heat
- Recovering from hot runs
- What happens to all the water bottles, tubes, Co2, etc. at Ironman Races?
- An easy way to analyze your swim stroke
- Keeping your head in check when injured

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Jun 19, 2017

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In our 66th podcast we talk about Escape From Alcatraz, more specifically the cancelled swim and what maybe should be done by the races to ease the sting of such circumstances.

Plus, we dig into North American Ironman registration over the last 5 years. We compiled this list (using the number on IM results pages) for each of the last 5 years (or less for new races) and analyze why certain races seem to thrive and others are struggling to stay afloat. Several are steady, some are growing, and some are dropping in bunches. We'd like to hear what you think about some of this, especially races you've done in the past. Thanks!

- Escape from Alcatraz
- How can races do better with athletes?
- Plus Analysis of participant rise, steady, or decline of the following Ironman races:
Coeur d'Alene
Lake Placid

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Jun 18, 2017

Ironman 70.3 Muncie is one of our favorite races because of how well it's put on. The race itself is out in the middle of nowhere, but what they lack in crowd support and accessibility they make up in a beautiful (closed) course, great organization, and an awesome crew of volunteers. Today we break it all down from lodging, to arrival, to the tricky parts of the swim, bike, and run courses. 

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Jun 15, 2017

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Power meters are great if you know how to read the numbers and today we give you an in-depth look at how to train with power. If you missed the first podcast on power you can find it here

Here's the outline for today's podcast on power meters:

- Smart Training Practices when using power 
- When to test . . . if you should at all 
- How close to a race should you test?
- Understanding how numbers and zones should define your workouts
- You've trained with power, now what??
- Plus, a glimpse into the mystery of Mike's internal power meter.

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Jun 12, 2017

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Everyone has a bad race. If you haven't, you're probably very new to the sport, haven't gone hard enough or put yourself on an uncomfortable edge. Today we look at that, how conditions impact your race, and how you can rebound after a few things go wrong. But it's much more including why learning is the key to 

- Rebounding from a sub-par race
- Post race depression and/or lack of confidence
- Balancing your passions
- Getting rid of things that don't help you move forward
- The nerve wracking experience of a coach on race day with multiple athletes on the course
- Why sticking with a routine is critical, especially after races
- What's it going to take to get to Kona?
- How to be kind to yourself after races
- Why expectations can be future resentments
- Runner's cough and phlegm 
- How we really feel about Kale
- Our relationship with the sport
- NHL Stanley Cup Playoff observations from Nashville
- Looking at the horizon vs. staying in the moment

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Jun 8, 2017

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It often takes a loss to put things in perspective and today Coach Robbie and Mike organically flowed into a discussion about how the removal of ego can be so relevant in triathlon. The guys talk about mentoring ourselves in the way we approach training and impacting others in the sport. This is about building confidence, compassion, and connection.

- Don't choose to go pro or retire based on one race or workout
- Sometime the best race of the year is the one you decide not to do
- Every race medal has a different story
- Love hard, train hard, and relax hard with people you care about
- Patience 
- Corralling an addictive nature
- Putting gratitude mind first
- Building relationships among different ethnic, financial, and skill backgrounds in triathlon
- Robbie shares his humble triathlon beginnings
- Why do we REALLY get into triathlon
- Connecting to something deeper inside and around us

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Jun 5, 2017

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Coach Robbie always says, "Hills are good for the flats and hills, flats are only good for flats." Hills don't build up mileage, but they build elevation and your body. Today we give you some good inspiration to take the long way home by putting more hills (or hill repeats) into your workouts. 

In Today's Podcast

- 2000 feet in straight up hill repeats
- How to wrap your mind around hill training to make it more enjoyable
- Why you should be running for time, not mileage
- Making your easy days easy and your hard days hard (mentally and physically)
- Hill training for strength
- When in doubt, take the hillier route
- Hills and cycling
- Why hills can mean less stress on your body
- A hill correlation to swimming
- Will Mike Do Muncie?
- Coach Robbie's swim analysis
- Mark Spitz talk

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Jun 1, 2017

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More and more triathletes are riding with power, but just because they have a meter doesn't mean they're getting the most out of it. Today we get into how to pick the right power meter, along with how to come up with a proper functional threshold number. We also talk about different ways to view the numbers, along with why they should be different for different races.

- Different types of power meters
- Options for making sure you get the most accurate number to work from
- How to decide what your percentage should be for different types of races: Sprint, Olympic, Half, Full
- Explaining the critical differences between functional and normalized power
- When you should get out of the saddle
- How to ride up Hills
- How to ride down Hills
- How to ride on flats

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