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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. Two coaches, 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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Now displaying: October, 2022
Oct 27, 2022

You’re not getting younger, but do you believe your best is yet to come? We do and today that drives the topic. Mike just had a birthday and talks about what it meant and how he tends to ignore the aging process. We get into overstimulation and how that takes away from your performance in training, racing and life. We look at the concept of extremes that drive the middle, not living off your best or worst days. Self-talk is a giant issue with a lot of athletes and we explore ways to change what’s going on so that you have the belief that you ARE a swimmer, cyclist and runner. Break through what’s holding you back and find the mindset that takes you to the next level. 

Topics:

  • 70.3 World Championship - through 15:00 mark
  • Why is it after KONA?
  • Woman’s Prediction
  • Men’s Prediction
  • How will they respond to the cold?
  • 15:00 Paula Findlay 
  • Either at the top or it’s a disaster
  • When things go way right or way wrong
  • The process over outcome 
  • The Mindset of Belief
  • Gamers and Trainers 
  • Fake it till you make it
  • When life doesn’t line up with your time 
  • Overstimulation 
  • Sometimes you just gotta work hard
  • Extremes that drive the middle 
  • Don’t live off your best or worst days
  • Self talk is a giant problem with athletes
  • Invest in yourself
  • You’re not getting younger

Coaching inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com 

Oct 25, 2022

This is one of those podcasts where we talk about things we believe everyone is thinking about during their race experience. We start with conversation about Ironman California where once again it was proven that no Ironman is easy. We started talking about some things that happened on the course and it took us into the demand for volunteers which rolled into a big discussion about how Ironman is evolving. We feel like the trend is to 70.3 but is that the right direction for the sport? We realize Ironman isn’t asking our opinion, but we are continually thinking of ways to increase engagement in the sport we love. In the end we make some suggestions that we feel would help energize the volunteer base and create longer lasting relationships with Ironman and triathlon in general. 

Topics:

  • Cold and dreary days
  • Life experiences in our FB Group
  • 2023 Training Plan Information 
  • Ironman California
  • Trend toward 70.3 
  • Volunteers and free labor 
  • Building more momentum in host cities
  • Did they add too many fulls?
  • Creating demand is the FOMO for athletes 
  • Is Ironman doing enough at ground level?
  • Where is the investment?
  • Constructive criticism and negative feedback
  • What can we all do better for our athletes?
  • Ironman has zero competition (in triathlon)
  • Some suggestions on how to build a better volunteer base
  • 70.3 and Full “package deals”

Coaching Inquiries: 

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Brucke - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com 

Oct 20, 2022

Today we get into listener questions and some key areas for longevity in the sport. We start with swimming in open water and how you can train to be stronger and more confident, even when the water is rough. We look at coming back from an illness and talk about some of the techniques we have used to stay healthy, including being pro-active at the first sign and how to recognize your level of sickness. We get into consuming stress and how that builds up over time and literally makes us sick. We talk pacing your Ironman marathon and the importance of understanding pacing by effort. And we get into what are the most important things for beginners with regard to long-term success, and this also applies to coming back after taking a chunk of time off. 

Topics:

  • 2023 Training Plans Info
  • Therapy Session
  • Open water practice without open water
  • Prepping for rough water 
  • Staying calm in open water
  • Building open water confidence
  • Coming back after an illness 
  • Test runs to check your HR
  • HRV - Not training or training?
  • Aerobic work to move through illness
  • Consuming Stress
  • Be pro-active with that sick feeling
  • Feeling good off the bike 
  • Pace off your effort in an IM Marathon
  • Where to start as a beginner
  • Not biting off more than you can chew
  • Illusion of “This is a New Year” 
  • You feel fresh because you’ve taken time off
  • Dig in your heels for the long haul
  • Walk away when you’re on top

Coaching Inquiries: 

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com

 

Oct 18, 2022

How do you have fun in your training and life? Do you have enough or is there a low-level tension around at all times? This is a great time of year to detach from pressure and teach yourself how to do things in a way that let’s you be free . . . and get better. Being faster is often about letting go and enjoying the ability of your body to adapt and flow. We have to test these limits. We don’t fail, we learn. Are you doing the same things over and over and wondering why you’re not improving? We look at creating patterns, how setbacks can propel you, and how to go out and live a little. There’s nothing worse than an endless cycle of forcing yourself to do things you don’t enjoy. Find the sweet spots this off season. Make a plan you know you’re going to stick to and re-energize your soul.  

Topics:

  • 2023 Training Plan Info
  • Unbutton it and have some fun
  • The most fun she’s had in a swim . . . 
  • Detach from the pressure
  • Best way to apply December Rules 
  • The off-season doesn’t mean being lazy
  • Re-energize your soul
  • Practice Being Free
  • Just Rip It 
  • Go out and live a little
  • How to go hard when it’s time to go hard
  • Mental Tests 
  • Just one more 
  • You didn’t fail, you learned 
  • Is it the workout or something else making you tired?
  • Stay injured or make a decision to get back
  • Why are you not improving?
  • Make a plan you know you’re going to stick to
  • Ultra Training meets triathlon
  • Set backs that propel you forward 
  • 31 minutes or nothing?
  • Creating Patterns 
  • Quit forcing yourself to do things you hate
  • Overkill ——> Burnout

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com

Oct 13, 2022

You don’t have to make drastic changes. In fact, that may be why you struggle with burnout in Triathlon. Today we talk about why little steps are always the key to success and happiness. Banking on an Ironman finish to change your life is a slippery slope. Happiness in triathlons (and life) is about having a clear grasp of purpose. Training effectively is always about the right amount so you can adapt and recover. We talk about burning the wick too fast, donating time back to yourself, and letting go of perfectionism. We get into doing things you LIKE and how to scratch your own itch. Now is the time to invest in yourself and find a happy “rest of your life.” 

Topics: 

  • You don’t have to make drastic changes
  • This podcast is more like an underground rock band
  • 2023 Training Plans for your big race
  • Community is key
  • Isolation and burnout 
  • More opportunities to spend time with teammates is always #1 
  • The people in our lives . . . 
  • Unhappiness is not having a clear grasp of purpose 
  • The right amount is the amount you can adapt to and recover from
  • Better boundaries
  • The trouble with drastic change
  • Donate time back to yourself
  • Burning the wick too fast
  • Perfectionism as the enemy
  • Now is the time to invest in yourself
  • We all want Amazon orders Today! 
  • Accessibility to everything jades us 
  • Scaling . . . 
  • Scratch your own itch by doing things you LIKE
  • Lessons from the Kona Finish Line
  • It’s not always about fast and far 
  • Racing doesn’t define you
  • Proud of my slowest race 
  • A happy rest of your life 

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com 

Oct 11, 2022

Today we recap the Ironman World Championship and look at racing strategy, the coverage, and what lessons we can learn as age groupers from an unbelievable race. We look at Iden and Blummenfelt and what their real training secret likely is. We talk about the big swim pack, drafting on the bike, and what all that did to set up the run. We talk about the shift in qualification standards, the move to make things seem easier, and fast shoes. Our belief that “once you get too hot, it’s over” played out again as did “you don’t have to catch them, they’ll come back to you.” Lots of interesting topics to go over from KONA, but we also bring it back to the amateur level and ask important questions about your dreams of getting faster, including, “Are your buddies slowing you down?” 

Topics: 

  • KONA is a special place, but should the race rotate locations?
  • The 2 Day format . . . good or bad?
  • Breaking down the broadcast 
  • Advertising overload?
  • The quest to make everything possible 
  • A mother wins 
  • Easier and easier to qualify - does it lose its luster?
  • The big swim pack in the men’s race 
  • The bike and drafting 
  • Shower, dry off, 5k 
  • Penalties 
  • The swim game has changed 
  • Not as much separation 
  • Iden and Blummenfelt worked together the whole race 
  • Laidlow upset the apple cart 
  • Iden’s Hat
  • Bike fits 
  • Fast Hoes
  • Once you get too hot, it’s over
  • Iden and Blummenfelt’s REAL secret sauce 
  • You don’t have to catch them, they’ll come back to you
  • Are your buddies slowing you down?

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com 

Oct 6, 2022

The smart money is on Blummenfelt, Iden, and Ryf, but who do we think has a chance to knock them off?

We give our predictions, plus get into Kona racing strategy, including why the swim is so important, how athletes position themselves on the bike, and why it really all boils down the the run. We talk about the legend of the Island, local perspective, and respect for the land, along with why experience is so important. Some athletes are always in the news, but it’s the ones you don’t really hear about much that understand what it takes to be a World Champion. Will that matter or will Blummenfelt and Iden run away with it? Will Ryf show her dominance from start to finish? Will Patrick Lange re-emerge? Is Lionel ready? While there are favorites, this is one of the more spread out fields in a while. 

Topics:

  • 2 Day Event - Is it sustainable?
  • Local perspective on hosting World Championships
  • Spirituality of the Island
  • Kona is a Runner’s Race 
  • Drafting vs. Working with the group
  • Why pros work so hard on this swim
  • Women’s Race Picks
  • Men’s Race Picks
  • Favorites and Sleepers and why
  • Below are some of the Pros we talk about. This is NOT prediction order:

 

  • Daniela Ryf 
  • Anne Haug 
  • Sky Moench 
  • Laura Philipp 
  • Lucy Charles-Barclay 
  • Kristian Blummenfelt
  • Patrick Lange 
  • Gustav Iden
  • Lionel Sanders 
  • Braden Currie 
  • Ben Hoffman “Hoffmeister General”
  • Magnus Ditlev 
  • Matt Hanson

Coaching Inquiries: 

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com 

 

Oct 4, 2022

Are you truly willing to do what it takes to have your most success? This is one of our “look in the mirror” podcasts and a lot of interesting thoughts came forward. It’s easy to set goals, but it’s hard to do what it takes to reach them. We contend next year’s success starts right now, but it doesn’t have to be hard. Will you fall prey to resistance or will you have a genuine talk with yourself and do better with your time and energy? The most successful athletes have a longer attention span. They can focus on details and get pleasure from the process. Now is the time to train so you can train like you need to train when it matters. Are you upset with your performance or because you did everything the same and expect different results. Sometimes it’s good to get fed up with our own excuses. 

Topics:

  • Check out our new TRAINING PLANS for 2023
  • Building Your Attention Span Starts Now
  • Kona on the Table 
  • The People’s Podcast
  • Everyone at Starbucks making plans they don’t do 
  • The most successful athletes do . . . 
  • Getting the most out of your ability
  • Balancing your time investments
  • Getting back to and past your peak
  • Boredom: How do you fill it?
  • Who has the longest attention span?
  • 50 things half-done 
  • Train so you can train like you need to train
  • Knowing and understanding your weaknesses 
  • Beating Resistance 
  • Motivation FOLLOWS movement
  • The War of Art
  • Engagement 
  • HRV
  • I wasn’t sick, I wasn’t fit . . . 
  • Are you annoyed with THEM or YOURSELF?
  • Why are we really upset with our performance?
  • Get fed up with your excuses
  • Firing on all 3 cylinders 

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com 

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com 

 

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