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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: September, 2023
Sep 30, 2023

Topics:

  • Sweat Tests
  • Millions
  • Alex Harrison - Saturday App
  • Dependent on wearables and tests?
  • Thinking and making your own decisions
  • You can’t be at your best when afraid
  • Body chemistry and health
  • The funniest things we’ve heard/seen on the race course
  • Are LOLs real?
  • Mike talks getting over swim anxiety
  • What’s the best pre-race meal?
  • Getting in the water before your race
  • Favorite inspirational movies
  • Intervention
  • Is your inspiration internal or external?
  • Body adaptation
  • Muncie 70.3 back to July
  • Our thoughts on Run Power

 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Sep 27, 2023

 

Today is a grab bag of awesome topics. We look back after 7 years of podcasts to decide if/what we regret saying. We talk about changing coaching philosophy. How long should you recover after an Ironman? What should you do? Not giving into post-ironman temptation. The #1 challenge after your Ironman. When to switch from road bike to TT bike. What is proper finish line etiquette (this one gets interesting). Mass swim starts solve a lot of problems. Moving past a DNF. What podcasts do we listen to in our free time? Who is poised to win KONA

Topics:

  • Fall Hoodie Ritual
  • With over 700 podcasts, what do we look back at and regret?
  • Biggest changes in our philosophies over the years
  • The temptation to change has never been higher
  • Recovery time after an Ironman?
  • 400 mile bike relay
  • Will Mike do the double challenge next year at Wisconsin?
  • You think you’re ready but you’re not
  • The #1 challenge after an Ironman
  • Road bike to TT - when to make the switch?
  • Finish line Etiquette
  • Who really gives a Fk*
  • Mass swim starts
  • Moving past a DNF
  • Bad races as fuel
  • What podcasts to we listen to?
  • Who is poised to win Kona

 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Sep 21, 2023

Today we look at injecting your late season race/training with a little positive mojo. We look at the positives and the tough spots you might face and how to get through them. Seasonal EPO, Late season FOMO as others sit around watching football, and understanding the emotional swings of peak training. We get into excitement vs. fulfillment so you can have a better perspective on your upcoming race. We look at how hard things create breakthroughs when we least expect it. We talk about overly ambitious goals and why they can be a good thing. We also remind you that every single race is HARD. Be ready for the challenge while you’re out there. Choose strong and steady over Epic as you benchmark. And finally we go down memory lane on Louisville. Mike’s humble beginnings. Robbie’s rocky period. And how all of this has come together better than we imagined, or maybe even recognize.

Topics:

  • Even perfect days are messy
  • New York, Chattanooga, Augusta
  • Sundown Swims
  • Louisville is Back
  • Every race is hard
  • Seasonal EPO
  • Late Season FOMO
  • The hardest Ironman you’ll do is the one you’re training for now
  • Healthy level of fear and self doubt
  • 100% jacked
  • The blame game
  • Overly ambitious Goal? - go for it.
  • Greatest time of year for training
  • Isolating sport to the 10th power
  • Emotion and motivation levels
  • Excitement vs. Fulfillment
  • Something new always gets old
  • How to find new in the old?
  • When you’re tired you need more
  • The mood swings of peak training
  • You’re doing it for the right reasons. . . remember that
  • Hard things create breakthroughs
  • Trains and training
  • Slow Burn
  • Reaping rewards from the journey
  • Race day is graduation
  • Body of work - Remember what you went through
  • The leverage of a completion of a race
  • No one’s guaranteed a good race day
  • We’re hardest on ourselves
  • Chasing EPIC
  • How many highs and lows you go through
  • There’s no hiding from race pain

 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Sep 19, 2023

The best ability is . . . availability. Today we look at triathlon as a year round sport and why now is a great time to start working backwards from your goal. A lot of us are “all in” or “all out” this time of year, but staying with the program now makes everything easier, and more effective in the future. Now is the time to stay in the game and build the base you want to work from next year. It’s like studying for final exams in small doses instead of cramming each year. Figure out what makes you excited and work on that. Put yourself first right now. Create that “don’t think about it” volume. Take care of nagging injuries by working on body mobility and balance. Set yourself up for wins now. Be available. Be consistent. And be way ahead of the game. Also, we talk about Louisville being back on the table for racing.

Topics:

  • A race with a special feeling
  • This is a year round process
  • Don’t bow out - Let it sit
  • Bring back the oldies and the Heat
  • LOUISVILLE
  • Unfinished business
  • Hoodie on - Locked in
  • Writing books
  • This is the time!
  • Get in run shape right now
  • Do you need a break or reason to rebel?
  • Triathlon is whack a mole
  • De-training is part of the program
  • Build the base now that you want next year
  • Long rides and runs are relative
  • It’s best to have the aerobic ability first
  • The FTP Trap
  • The “don’t think about it” volume
  • All in . . . or All out
  • Time to focus on you
  • Injuries and out of balance
  • Solve next year’s problems now
  • The best ability is availability
  • IM Louisville memories

 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Sep 15, 2023

Today, we talk about late season races and post-race strategy for getting stronger and faster. The tendency is to get right back at it, but it’s better to step back and peel the onion a little to figure out the best way to improve. The off season is a time for regrouping, re-focusing and being a little creative in your quest to get better in manageable ways. The goal is to really find joy in training so it becomes something you look forward to. You can’t do it all right now and the good news is, there is time. Time to do what you enjoy. Time to build unshakeable confidence while balancing all the other things in your life. You don’t have to do the Ironman dishes right now. Step back and focus on things that you enjoy. Get stronger and better without regret and disdain. Don’t trust all your feelings right now. You’ve gained a lot this year, and now you can create a re-start that energizes you and makes you stronger and faster next year. It’s a process, and we can only live on “fake belief” for so long.

Topics:

  • We all have our addictions . . .
  • How do we get better?
  • A case of “the buts”
  • Robbie’s post-race notes
  • Lewis Litt
  • Dax Bakken - GoFund Me link for his family - https://www.gofundme.com/f/dax-bakken
  • Sam Laidlow post NICE interview
  • Doing things that we love
  • Not living our best lives
  • We can’t “what if”
  • Getting ahead of your late season race
  • When can we talk about next year?
  • Finding time to re-energize
  • The sky is falling
  • Never felt this good in my life
  • Finishing bone dry
  • Peeling back the onion
  • Start right now
  • Sometimes things don’t link up
  • What seems reasonable?
  • Building your continuum
  • Picking the right race and time of year
  • A creative off season
  • Start at the end and work backwards
  • Marathons
  • “I gotta do it now”
  • Our training plans
  • Staying in the game
  • Stop and do nothing for a minute
  • Don’t have “fake belief”
  • Undeniable-under-the-radar confidence

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Sep 13, 2023

What a weekend in Madison! C26 brings home 2nd Place in the Tri Club North American Championship and 3rd in the 70.3. Big shout out to our team and great racing. A year after the worst weather in IMWI history, we were delivered a perfect day and lots of amazing performances. We get into what we experienced both on and off the course. We talk about the intensity of the bike and how hard it is to get the run dialed in. We look at how slight mistakes add up over the course of the day. We get into how long you need to run before Ironman and it may surprise you. We also look at self doubt, building new gears in training, and talk about why you are capable of way more than you think. And Mike talks about overcoming his race and bike mechanical that turned a great day into a long march of survival.

Topics:

  • Jam Packed Race Weekend
  • No more complaining, please
  • The “intro” t-shirt
  • Mike’s mechanical
  • Slight mistakes add up
  • It all comes down to the run
  • On course bargaining with yourself
  • Anxiety usually comes in the swim or bike
  • Getting to the run . . .
  • How long is it going to take to finish this run??
  • Sneaky difficult run course
  • Finding your why while in a race
  • Balancing mental and emotional resilience
  • Burning all the biscuits in training
  • Measuring belief
  • Creating a new gear in your training
  • You are capable of WAY more than you think
  • Be strong to life others up in life
  • Stronger and faster is the goal
  • Self doubt is okay . . . to a point

 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Sep 6, 2023

It’s easy to forget what this sport means to all of us, and sometimes it’s good to go back to the origins of our why. Today we talk about the phases everyone goes through and how easy it is to let negative thoughts rule our emotions. We get into channeling our thoughts in the right way in training and racing. Taking on your race in digestible chunks. We look at how easy it is for the mind to get ahead of our body. Searching for growth, navigating back to baseline and the power of hanging in the middle. Not too high, not too low. Anxiety is normal, it’s up to us to say f*ck it, we’re moving into the fire. Smile, relax, and enjoy life.

Topics:

  • Serenity Now
  • Life goes fast
  • 38 Grand Slam Semi-Finals
  • Remind yourself what the sport has given you
  • Putting hard things in your life
  • People in triathlon are searching for growth
  • Focusing on one small result
  • Doing things you didn’t think were possible
  • Anxious is normal
  • Racing as meditation
  • Using positive and negative energy the same way
  • Recycling negative thoughts
  • Digestible bites in racing
  • Memory connects in a chain
  • Mind getting ahead of the body
  • Smile, relax, and enjoy things
  • Navigate back to baseline
  • Hang in the middle
  • Not too high, not too low
  • Lickity split

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Sep 5, 2023

What will you do when you hit a tough spot in your race? There will be many of them and we all have to negotiate with ourselves on the fly. Don’t believe how things feel right now (good or bad) because it will change. Racing allows us many chances to figure things out. To not think about the wrong things. To be resilient and get through because that’s why we signed up. Racing is never easy so it’s up to us to find resolve in the muck. Find joy in your resolve. When a tough situation comes up, ask yourself, “how do I want to remember this?”

Enjoy your longest supported training day and feed off the course energy, but also remember, this is largely about finding fun in your own breath.

Topics:

  • Dealing with race week Distractions
  • NICE World Championships
  • Taper week
  • Tennis and Bench Coaching
  • Athlete empowerment
  • Thinking through situations to figure it out
  • Incapable of trouble shooting
  • The ability to have fun
  • Confidence based on proximity
  • Have I done enough?
  • Is your confidence growing as the race nears?
  • Not making definitive decisions
  • Resolve and resiliency
  • The loneliness of triathlon
  • We forget that this is how it is
  • Negotiating with yourself
  • How do you want to remember it?
  • Regret or resilience?
  • Have fun in your own breath

 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

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