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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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Apr 11, 2024

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We answer a ton of questions today, including a rapid fire ending you won’t want to miss. We get into the challenges of riding with wind. How do you handle tail, head, and cross winds? Is aero always better? What about your grip on the bike . . . why it matters. Do you need more or less rest on your swim sets? Today, we look at WHY you’re taking rest and how much you actually need. Is it better to do long interval sets in the water or short and hard? Can you recover WHILE you’re swimming? Race wheels and wind. What’s the key to racing with different wheels? Looking at how to ride hills and keep your power/effort under control. A lot goes into that. Shifting on hills. How to keep cool in hot races. What about choosing not to wear a wetsuit? Air temp vs. water temp. Plus a whole slew of other questions answered in the rapid fire section. 

Topics:

  • Are raisins the perfect food?
  • Riding with the wind - Tail, Head, Cross
  • Is aero always faster?
  • Bleeding time on the bike
  • Overgripping the bike - Tension
  • Swimming Rest - How much and why?
  • Heart Rate in the pool
  • Fatigued in the swim
  • Re-set for swim form
  • Can you recover while swimming?
  • Long vs short sets/intervals in the pool?
  • Race wheels and wind
  • Controlling gearing and power on hills 
  • Smooth, steady and controlled pedaling 
  • Patience and execution on hills
  • When does the bike climb actually start?
  • Big ring/small ring panic 
  • Saying cool in Hot weather
  • Wetsuit or no wetsuit?
  • Air temp vs. water temp
  • 10+ Rapid fire answers 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Apr 9, 2024

The first question set off a great mini-topic for the day. What the new tactics/trends that are pros doing these days that age group athletes can emulate to get faster. The discussion is an important one and centers on arguably the best triathlon coach right now, Dan Lorrange. We also look at the importance of becoming a better bike handler and how it can save your legs. Plus, swimming better when you don't have as much time to swim as you'd like. A little bit on GI issues. And favorite cereal talk.

Topics:

  • UConn cements dynasty
  • Lionel Sanders
  • Taylor Knibb 
  • You can get better with age
  • Pro trend that Age groupers are picking up
  • Dan Lorang 
  • Stop getting so distracted
  • Staying the course
  • Different people, same plans 
  • It's about work, not want
  • "This is kinda boring"
  • Clearer mind in training
  • Attached to devices
  • The answer is always ... do the work
  • Trying to feel better about what we haven't done
  • Bike handling
  • Saving time with bike skills
  • Practicing corner lines
  • Swim tatics when you can't swim a lot
  • Fartlick swimming?
  • Getting lazy with technique
  • Pay attention to form
  • Gut issues
  • Favorite cereals 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Apr 4, 2024

This title is an homage to one of our favorite YouTube channels, you can find it here: Seek Discomfort  

The Seek Discomfort crew is always looking for things that intimidate them. Experiences that lead to growth.

And we should do the same within our comfort zone, especially when it comes to conditions. The more you get out into “imperfect” weather, the more you will be at ease when your race day isn’t 70 and partly cloudy. Today, we go through some of our experiences and perspectives on how to build all the pieces in the puzzle. To be mentally strong to pair with your physical fitness. 

Racing IS discomfort and the more you expose yourself to it, the more confident you’ll be no matter the conditions. 

Do it now, because on race day, you don’t have a choice. 

Topics:

  • Wind and cold
  • Tuning forks and light prisms 
  • Ben Greenfield
  • Selling Mother Nature
  • HRV
  • Feeling safe and secure and connected
  • Are we on a lifelong journey to recreate the feeling of the womb?
  • Going through new or tough experiences
  • Riding in the hail
  • Flipping the discomfort script in our heads
  • Racing IS discomfort
  • Using extra energy to persevere
  • Go into the cold so it doesn’t go into you
  • Look for sh*tty weather
  • Hills or wind??
  • Every race has its challenges
  • Being a little scared is healthy
  • In a race, you don’t have a choice
  • Are you intimidated by speed or going harder?
  • Connecting all the pieces over a long season
  • Look for ways to fill in the gaps
  • What it takes to be consistent 
  • Final Four predictions

 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Apr 2, 2024

The most successful athletes play free and without fear. Today, we look at how you can train and race better when you realize you have nothing to lose. This isn't about taking it for granted, but channeling pressure and anxiety in the right way. It's all energy and the more we can us it in our favor, the better we'll be. We look at the 24 hour rule as it applies to racing and training, having a "walk the plank" mentality, and using your old self as a nemisis. We look at finding solutions over problems, uncovering what missed workouts really tell us, and the ability to be moodless during your race. Find the balance between grit and grace.

Topics:

  • NCAA Swim record for the 500
  • How fast would the best Ironman relay team be?
  • Trainer Tim
  • You can do anything one time
  • the 24 hour rule
  • Walking the Plank
  • Channeling anxiety
  • Afraid of your opponent (the race)?
  • Using your old self as a nemisis
  • That feeling you get when you finish
  • Happy with your body of work?
  • Allen Iverson, Kobe and Mike
  • Nothing to lose
  • Happy to be there
  • Grit coupled with Grace
  • Looking yourself in the eye
  • Finding solutions, not problems
  • What are skipped workouts telling us?
  • Mental sludge
  • The pitfalls of going by MPH
  • The ability to be moodless
  • Pre-conceived Decisions

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Mar 28, 2024

Triathlon training should be structured, but we're all about keeping the fun alive. Today, we talk about weaving them together to make the process more enjoyable and effective. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to show up green in Training Peaks, but aren’t a bunch of oranges and yellows better than a week of red? Do we move to change our mood or change our mood to move? There’s a lot of power in having a solid outline and moving a little off script. How to recognize what’s the best decision for today. Is your workout appropriately challenging for your mental and physical state? Who wins, the human or athlete? Plus, Mike’s soup can analogy. 

 

Topics: 

 

  • Plunge addiction
  • Putting pressure on ourselves
  • Racing a ton vs. once or twice a year
  • Structure vs. Routine
  • Outlines with room to go off script
  • Not having a plan is a plan
  • What is right for you?
  • What is reasonable today?
  • Sometimes it’s not doable
  • Forcing yourself to learn as you go
  • No one likes micro managers
  • Soup Can analogy
  • Go through a thought process
  • Appropriately challenging
  • Move before mood or mood before move?
  • Human vs. Athlete
  • Orange and yellow or a week of red??
  • Wallowing in shame and disconnected
  • Own your own journey
  • Final Four predictions 

 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Mar 26, 2024

Efficiency might be the biggest key to you having a successful race and that all starts in Zone 2. Yes, we know it’s “boring” but today we give you other ways to think about it, specifically as in, why do you not enjoy doing something that is good for you and your health? We talk about teaching the body to burn fat so you’re not so dependent on calories. We look at swimming and why practicing swimming slow is a great exercise. We really boil down Zone 2 in a way that helps understand why it’s the key to great racing. We look into cravings and calories and what they might really be indicating. Zone 2 is about getting and understanding the “feel” for racing, which ultimately isn’t about how fast you go, but how little you slow down. Dive into the big picture and learn to love your Zone 2 work. 

Topics:

  • Swim Camp Experience
  • Simplification of a complicated sport
  • Swimming technique
  • Everyone looks different in the water
  • Do you work on swimming slow?
  • When your swim warm up is your fastest pace
  • Walking more than 30 minutes . . . 
  • Run form?
  • Diving deep into Zone 2
  • Using the Pull Buoy 
  • Slow and engaged climbing
  • Firm but relaxed
  • Shaving off 10’s of minutes or seconds?
  • Efficiency is King
  • Too far or too hard
  • The feel, the force, the fast
  • Burning fat 
  • More purpose under the water
  • Think more about the final produce (aka race)
  • Under fueled or you just ate the wrong stuff?
  • Craving sugar or salt
  • Topping off the right tank
  • Once you get too hot, it’s over
  • The point of no return with heat and calories
  • Calories equal energy
  • How will you spend your calories?
  • Most of us are bad spenders 

 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Mar 22, 2024

(We have C26 Swim School this week, so this is a reposted podcast).

Ever feel the pressure of too much going on? That anxious feeling is getting out of the moment. Today, we look at how that affects training and how we THINK about training. It's easy to get caught up on race day when it's 5 months away, but today is all that matters. Do something. Let it go. And get in touch with your body and the moment.

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Topics:

  • Life Keeps Going
  • Time to get back to work
  • Sore feet
  • Wired to go . . . . 
  • How am I gonna get everything done?
  • Feeling defeated
  • Hardest thing to do
  • Prisoner of the Future
  • Flipping the switch
  • The things we CAN control
  • Attachment to perfection
  • Hire someone else to be in control of your life
  • What’s your baseline of self-acceptance 
  • Thought of Quitting
  • Raining at the Lab
  • Are we good enough?
  • Everything is amazing and no one is happy
  • Get in tune with your body
  • When your training fights itself

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Mar 21, 2024

(With March Madness upon us and C26 Swim School in progress, we thought it was a good time to revisit an old podcast with Zak Showalter and how he started training for Ironman after playing in the Final Four). Sorry about the intro music. haha. 

Imagine playing basketball in front of 70,000 people and millions on TV. Today's guest, Zak Showalter, did just that for the University of Wisconsin. His career took him to 2 different Final Fours and four Sweet 16's and now he's tackling Ironman.

He's graduated, stepped away from basketball, and turned his sights on Ironman Wisconsin. Our goal for this podcast was to see how many lessons learned from Zak's days at Wisconsin under Hall of Fame coach Bo Ryan translate into triathlon. As it turned out, a lot of them do.

We start with some of Zak’s endurance background and early training challenges. Then go into how what he learned on the basketball floor can be translated into Ironman training: 

  • Were you ever into endurance sports before?
  • What it's like hanging out with Packer's QB Aaron Rodgers 
  • What it was like to work with Michael Jordan’s strength coach
  • When he decided he wanted to do an Ironman 
  • How he deals with Winter training in Wisconsin
  • What's it like going from a high exposure team sport to an isolated training world?
  • A coach’s message “Play hard, play smart, play together, and have fun.”

Race like you train - Zak tells us how what he learned from the daily grind of college basketball practice and how he thinks it can be applied to triathlon training and best set him up for the race.

Ups and Downs - How to stay level headed and on the same path when faced with setbacks of a big loss or the the high of a big win. 

Patience  Wisconsin basketball is built on patience, both in execution and sytem. Zak gives us a perspective on how they looked at a long season or career and how the philosophies can apply to Ironman training.

Emotions- He takes us in the locker room before Wisconsin faced off with a 38-0 Kentucky team at the Final Four. How is it possible to stay calm when you’re running out in front of 70,000 people to play a game watched by millions? He gives us a very simple solution. 

Diet: How did you guys eat? Was there a big focus on nutrition or were you just kids? Has that changed as you train for Ironman? 

Here are a couple videos of Zak in his playing days:
- His salute to Aaron Rodgers after hitting a buzzer beater against Florida
- High School State Championship Opening Tip Dunk

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Mar 20, 2024

(We have C26 Swim School this week, so this is a reposted Podcast and we will not have a booth at Chatt).

We begin with the Swim Start, including when to get there and how to fuel as you position yourself in the massive field of athletes. Then to the “fast but fair” bike course. We break it out by section and look at where to push and when to hold off for your best bike split. Onto the run where it can either be fast or eat your lunch. There’s not much truly flat here, so racing smart, understanding the terrain, and staying cool with a lower HR could make the difference. 

Topics:

  • Last Minute Larry
  • Water Temp 
  • Swim is long . . . how to handle it
  • Swimming with current tips
  • What time to expect for your swim
  • When you should get in line to start swim
  • Chatt has a good Pro Field
  • Bike course can be fast . . . but . . . 
  • First 10 miles
  • The stretch on the loop before Andrew’s 
  • Where to hold back and where to make speed
  • Rough road sections . . . be prepared
  • Run course can be fast . . . but 
  • You have about .5 miles before your first hill
  • How to deal with early hills.
  • Running on the highway with rollers in heat
  • The greenway out and back section
  • Battery Hill . . . when it really starts
  • The drop out onto Veterans bridge 
  • Where to use the course for speed
  • Dealing with the climb on the pedestrian bridge
  • The second loop
  • The quad buster sections 

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Robbie Bruce: C26Coach@gmail.com

Mar 20, 2024

(We have the C26 Swim School this week, so this is a reposted podcast).

Today we focus on Ironman Texas strategy, but this podcast is great for anyone racing an Ironman, especially when it’s hot. We always talk about not obsessing about the weather, but when you know it might be hot, it’s smart to prepare. We look at all kinds of hot racing strategies, talk about why Texas is a sneaky challenging course, and why you will want to prepare to suffer. This is a C26 Team race, so be sure to say hi out on the course. 

Topics:

  • Mushy Open
  • Wetsuit legal?
  • Swim strategy
  • Prepare for a slower swim
  • Red to Orange buoy transition
  • Spectator’s paradise
  • T-1 Concrete
  • Bike - windy and flat
  • 1st outdoor ride?
  • Ice bottles before the swim
  • Core temperature
  • Cooling on the bike 
  • Fueling on the bike
  • Coming off the bike
  • Walking early aid stations
  • It’s gonna Hurt
  • Tough Love
  • Find a mantra

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Check out our coaches: https://c26triathlon.com/meet-the-coaches/

Mike Tarrolly: CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce: C26Coach@gmail.com

Mar 15, 2024

Are you running on gas or fumes at the end of your races? Today, we take a deep look into how to start the season smart and snowball that into better races as the year goes on. We talk about creating momentum and how to use your first race in a way that will actually teach you something about getting better. We look at heat, wind, dew point, along with why pacing is always your best friend. We talk about how to race from before the swim all the way to the end of the run and why most of us make huge mistakes before we even realize it. We look at why so much of passing on the run is final . . . along with how bad little decisions earl can make for a miserable race. There’s nothing better than finishing a race on your terms. Today, we look at the best strategies to do just that. 

Topics:

  • Is winter “that bad?” 
  • Making your strength stronger
  • Playing little games in training
  • Momentum vs. Complacency
  • Do what you love 
  • Creating momentum
  • Perceived fears that aren’t real
  • Local endorsements
  • Wind, heat, dew point
  • Be ready for a pop in the heat
  • Gain Fitness without shelling yourself
  • Throw expectations out the window?
  • What do you want to learn today?
  • Using your race to prepare for what’s next
  • Allow yourself to figure things out
  • We learned: you’re impulsive and can’t pace 
  • Cold or hot — you have to warm up 
  • Many people implode in early races
  • Pace, pace, pace
  • Conditions dictate your race
  • Are you passing or are people coming back to you?
  • Your placement against the field
  • High IQ racing
  • Running on Gas or Fumes?
  • I got sick of burning on fumes
  • Passing on the run is final

 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Mar 12, 2024

Today, we go over important “ah ha” moments in our racing and coaching career. Things that changed the game for us as athletes and coaches. We look at why working on your strength is so important and can set the tone for your training. Also, why we tend to skimp on one of the sports. We talk about understanding effort and pacing and why being obsessed with pace, power, and time can be the worst strategy. Getting a grasp of your all day pace. Knowing when to hold back and when to let it rip. How we learned to grasp the concept of patience and how it pays off. Getting your ego out of the way and listening to your gut. 

Topics: 

  • Did we save the daylight?
  • When swimming dictates the process
  • Obstacles of getting into the workouts
  • When biking dictates the process
  • We all have a sport we think we can “skimp” on
  • Swimming can gas you
  • Feeling like you’re under a microscope
  • Not giving a fuck about pace, power, and time
  • What’s going to make you better??
  • Race your own race
  • No one cares
  • Pace Addiction
  • The Patience Message
  • Worry about YOUR body of work
  • Beating outside distractions
  • Taking MPH off your bike screen
  • “This” is what I think I can hold
  • Owning your race course
  • “Not yet”
  • “Now”
  • Get ego out of the way and listen to your gut
  • It’s someone else’s journey . . . follow your own
  • The Lap Button in the pool :)

 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Mar 8, 2024

Today we give you the power to make your own decisions in training. As coaches we think it’s important for athletes to learn through trial and error. As in really learning . . . along with, believing in your gut. We look at an example of someone who was coming off being sick and due for an FTP test. Did they rest, or know deep down that they were ready. Also, we talk about owning how you feel… giving your body a real chance to decide. We talk about how to look for signs of life in workouts. Living to 99 years old with a sharp mind. And the power of combining confidence with vulnerability. 

Topics: 

  • Decision making in training 
  • A little pro talk
  • 99 years old and sharp as a tack
  • Are you confident in your decision making?
  • Nobody knows better than you
  • When we put too much stock in situations
  • Life isn’t about spoon feeding
  • You’re alone on the course
  • Calming down the chatter
  • FTP test timing - yes or no?
  • Own how you feel
  • Looking in the mirror and saying “podium bound”
  • When you’re sick, you start treating yourself better 
  • 2-3 day delay in how you feel
  • Belief is important
  • Understanding when you feel “on” and “off”
  • Looking for signs of life in workouts
  • Lowering expectations for better results
  • Confidence combined with vulnerability

 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Mar 4, 2024

We both felt like we needed attitude adjustments today, so we dove a little deeper. We look at some of the stresses we feel when thinking about our training, races, and life. In other words, figuring things out on our own. Robbie talks about the challenges he’s facing with Ironman Texas and how he’s stepped back and found positive solutions. Mike has another hard talk with himself and gets to the bottom of a few things. We also look at sickness and why we should change our perspective. Also, solving problems and getting out of negative head space. The biggest myth in triathlon. Also, why pacing can affect your outlook on training, and sifting through the complications of too many thoughts in your head. 

Topics:

  • Figuring things out on your own
  • March can be exciting . . . 
  • Sitting down and sorting out the stressors of our lives
  • Too much pressure on your training
  • The most powerful word
  • The greatest myth in triathlon
  • “I feel like I’m behind schedule”
  • Helping athletes feel empowered
  • Embracing imperfection
  • When an athlete feels out of control
  • Focus on what can be done
  • Peaceful and meditative restoration
  • Iron Trac - if it helps! 
  • When you’re sick/cleansing - you ARE working out
  • Last minute presentations as races
  • Problem solvers
  • Still 51 days?? Yes! 
  • Take control of what you can
  • Is your first thought negative?

 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Feb 27, 2024

We had a blast with this one. We start with transition tips, and end with giving you a whole new perspective on how to think about T1 and T2. We also get into the theory behind how to handle missed workouts. Should you make it up, create a hybrid, or just move on? Then we deal with the ever-present topic of how to train in cold weather for early season races that will be much hotter. We look at the argument of fat for fuel vs. carbohydrates and the concept of being metabolically flexible. When is the right time to pull the trigger on a new bike? How do you make sure you keep your tank full in training. And, a new way to approach the swim if you’re someone who has trouble with going out too fast or panic attacks. 

Topics: 

  • Finding the right answers in a sea of triathlon information
  • The truth is, there are a lot of different solutions
  • Transition tips and tricks
  • When the transition is more than just changing clothes
  • Transition on the move
  • What if you miss a Zone 2 workout?
  • Early season racing for people training in cold climates
  • Running in the cold
  • Wearing your wetsuit in the pool?
  • Strength training
  • Do you need to look for a new trainer?
  • Fat for fuel or carbs?
  • Metabolically flexible
  • Always keep your tank full
  • Heat training
  • Pay attention to how you fee
  • Start with a walk
  • Crank up your metabolism
  • When is it worth upgrading to a faster bike?
  • Tailspins in the swim
  • How to beat panic
  • Practicing the panic

 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Feb 22, 2024

Great questions today, and a call for you to find your racing super power. Is it a good idea to burn your biscuits before you take a relaxing vacation? How is Robbie approaching Ironman Texas and does he get nervous? What’s the best way to improve your run speed? Racing Ironman with your spouse. What do we think of caffeine gels and when’s the best time to use them? Improving swim pace. How much extra should you swim if it’s a weakness? Should you cycle more often? Are your racing others or yourself. Plus, flip turn and race etiquette outside of the IM athlete guide. 

Topics:

  • Horribly Hilly 100
  • Where’s Nick?
  • Burn your biscuits before vacation?
  • Easter vs Valentines day
  • Does Robbie get nervous before Ironman TX?
  • Ironman Race Day Etiquette 
  • Pet peeves
  • Best way to improve run speed?
  • Form and mobility
  • Flip turns
  • Racing Ironman with your spouse
  • Benefits and detriments to caffeine gels
  • Swimming pace improvement. 
  • 4-5 days in the pool?
  • Extra cycling?
  • Why the swim is good for everything
  • Race YOURSELF well
  • You can’t make up missed time, but what CAN you do?
  • Identify and use your super powers

 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Feb 21, 2024

Today is about understanding feel, your body, and learning how to “play” within training. The cast was a bit inspired by a new trend in MMA and boxing where they spar but don’t hit each other. They are more in the ring to work on form, footwork, and ensure better recovery. We think triathletes can learn a lesson from that. We talk about the power of stacking volume, understanding how fatigue masks fitness, and why finding a love for training easy is so powerful. We look at how hacks influence our mindset, true behavioral changes, and why many of us tend to lean toward going harder than we should. One of the biggest mistakes athletes make is going to hard on easy days, and going too easy on hard days. Get into a groove and be able to honor how you feel on any given day. 

Topics: 

  • When you’re itching to race
  • Bad decisions
  • Why “expect?”
  • Why we don’t do many interviews
  • You can go your own way
  • Aqua Joggers rule the world
  • Stacking Volume
  • Run results over time
  • Z1 and Z2 equal “play”
  • “Im not a runner”
  • Fatigue masks fitness
  • Appropriate fatigue
  • The great mystery of coaching
  • Bad decisions in training
  • Aerobic work is where the magic happens
  • Hack world 
  • Not having a plan
  • Behavioral changes
  • Consistency without thinking about it
  • Running under control
  • When running form takes over
  • Negative split 13 miles on a track?
  • Easy on easy days, hard on hard days
  • Honor how you feel today

 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Feb 16, 2024

Doing anything intensely 24/7/365 is difficult. I mean, why do you think Dennis Rodman needed to go to Vegas for a few days right in the middle of a 3-Peat run for the Chicago Bulls? In all seriousness, today is about injecting more fun into your routine. Adventure doesn’t have to be climbing the Alps (although that would certainly qualify), it can be as simple as adding a different route our going as long as you can on the bike this weekend. There’s also lots of opportunity for micro adventure within your daily workouts. What’s going to make you look forward to it? How can you enjoy doing things that come hard to you? As coaches were always looking for happy mediums and a big part of that rests on you. Enjoy our exploration of C26 the Jeopardy Show and Robbie’s potential adventure into the St. Louis Arch! 

Topics: 

  • Heal what ails you 
  • 24/7 structure breaks 
  • Gut feelings . . . 
  • When it’s all about Freedom
  • Being huge growth
  • “Hey coach, what happened to my swims?”
  • Integrity of the workout
  • Learning on our own 
  • The nuances of coaching
  • My goal for today is . . . 
  • Be a dog with its had out the window 
  • Mike and Robbie’s big adventure
  • C26 podcast as Jeopardy?
  • Do you not like it because it’s hard?
  • High cadence vs. Big Gear 
  • Listening to our athletes 
  • Widening your margins 
  • Finding happy mediums
  • You’re not good at it because you don’t do it enough
  • You can handle trails 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Feb 14, 2024

We can chase dreams of others, but what works best for you? A lot of musicians say the most powerful note is the one not played, ghost notes. Today, we talk about how to get more out of your training by not leaking energy. We start with some Run Camp highlights and observations then turn into this idea of how we can practice “digging deep” or “finding the extra gear.” It’s all about balancing your energy in life and training. Sometimes we don’t nail it, but it’s important to be aware of those times when less might actually be more. We can take chunks of what other people do and use it for ourselves, but getting trapped in “being like them” instead of who we are can create endlessly unproductive loops. How much energy do we waste on worry and stress for no reason? How many time to we inflict self-punishment for something we feel guilty about? Two wrongs don’t make a right. 

Topics:

  • Plunging 
  • Beautiful and Brutal
  • Soul Searching 
  • Emotional runs 
  • Appreciating your ability
  • What can we control on our own?
  • Wasting limited energy
  • How many hours do we waste in worry?
  • Should you be cutting back?
  • One simple mission
  • How do you breakdown the 100% of your energy bucket?
  • Do what you’re supposed to do to be fueled for life
  • Are you punishing yourself? Self-sabotage?
  • Stop asking for more . . . 
  • Age Groupers make up 95%
  • Don’t try to be a pro
  • Two wrongs don’t make a right
  • Pick what works for you and create your own recipe
  • They always say, don’t meet your idols (or try to be them)
  • Worry about your own life
  • Wishing for a minor tornado?
  • Maximizing potential
  • Preparing yourself mentally to dig deeper than you ever have
  • Learn to flip the switch when needed
  • Hard work Harry
  • Perfect Pat

 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Feb 12, 2024

This is a RE-POST of episode 421 - We'll be back to regular Tuesday/Thursday when we return from Run Camp. Thanks! Be a part of the C26 Club for 2024

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This is a great guide for RACE RUNNING and how to train for it. We focus on Ironman, but the same holds true for 70.3, Olympics, and Sprints. For one, we want to strengthen our chassis so we don’t have to walk. And, if we don’t handle the swim and bike right, none of this really matters. It’s a pretty deep dive into accumulated fatigue, accumulated fitness, how to know when you’re in good shape, and why bricks and your long runs might be disrupting your progress. 

Topics: 

  • Walk/run vs. Run
  • Brick Running Overrated??
  • Your body doesn’t care what’s stressing it
  • Running is Running 
  • How to practice running on tired legs
  • You don’t get extra points for running off the bike
  • *When running off the bike makes sense
  • Why you should run before you ride
  • Don’t practice bad running form
  • Run on the “freshest” legs
  • Running off the bike feels weird, but . . . 
  • Do you focus on Swim/Bike bricks??
  • How the swim cascades into your run 
  • Energy expenditure at Ironman
  • What your purpose should be on the swim
  • Does your bike feel like a warm up for the run?
  • Ironman doesn’t “start” until mile 80 of the bike
  • Or . . . Mile 20 of the run.
  • “I crushed the bike . . .” 
  • Bike for Show, Run for Doe

Coaching Inquires:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com 

Feb 1, 2024

We all like to have goals, but is that goal taking up too much space in your brain? Today, we look at Future Tripping and ways to release anxiety from our daily journey. One of the major goals of training should simply be, not being distracted by things that don’t matter right now. How do we get there on a daily basis? How do we get from not wanting to workout to putting on the shoes? There’s so much power in falling in love with the day to day and minute to minute. Wanting to be perfect or on the podium is a lot of unnecessary weight on our shoulders right now. We are much better off doing the work that is right in front of us and staying on track. Figure out how to make obtaining your goals feel easier, not harder. 

Topics:

  • Anxiety in training and life
  • We have one major goal — not be distracted
  • Puxatony Phil
  • Sun roofs and Teslas 
  • Stay out of the future 
  • Pulling expectations out of thin air
  • Planning on “something happening”
  • Planning to be perfect
  • Top Hats and Podiums
  • Do the work in front of you
  • Planning or future tripping?
  • So much is out of our control
  • How do we get to the place where we enjoy the basics?
  • Get back in routines
  • The last 8 weeks of training
  • Exact times or ranges?
  • “It takes me a long time to feel loose”
  • Fall in love with the day to day
  • Rolling with the punches
  • Why pile more pressure on yourself?
  • Making things easier
  • All I am is . . . on track
  • The priority is today
  • We are what we think and expose ourselves to

 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Jan 30, 2024

What are the keys to becoming a better and more efficient cyclist? Today, we look at the diffrent methods of training. We explore quality over quantity and also look at the "gameification" of cycling. We get into the biggest trap people fall into along with a detailed look at what it means to really improve your aerobic threshold. We talk about dialing in your zones and efforts, along with the lowest hanging fruit for most triathletes. Are you doing too much V02 max work? How do you train hard and race easy? We look at the importance of good torque and moving that ceiling. Neuromuscular connectivity along with great workouts to improve it. Big gear training and the power of grinding in a slow cadence. Avoiding knee pain. Learning how to feel out what your body is capable of today. Aerobic efficiency is the name of the game. Thanks for listening! 

Topics:

  • Negotiating moods in cloudy weather
  • The 2024 Club Plan is Now Available!! 
  • Introducing New Coaches! 
  • The keys to inside cycling
  • Different methodology when it comes to cycling
  • Quality over quantity?
  • Cycing has become "gameified" 
  • Are you hammering yourself to death?
  • The biggest cycling trap people fall into
  • How to stay engaged in hte workout
  • Make sure YOUR intensitity is dialed in
  • Over-inflated FTP
  • What to be doing this time of year
  • Understanding Aerobic Threshold
  • Too much V02 max work?
  • Dialing in zones and efforts
  • Are you riding enough?
  • Lowest hanging frut for most triathletes
  • Train hard - race easy 
  • Aerobic efficiency is the name of the game
  • Efficiency of Torque 
  • Neuromuscular connectivity
  • When slower makes you faster
  • Big gear Z2, Z3, Z4
  • Hills are king
  • Deep cycling muscular strength
  • How to balance leg power
  • Are you compensating on one side? Check your saddle
  • When the knees splay out
  • Knee pain?
  • The Next Level of Feel
  • A coach can't perfectly predict how you will feel
  • Learn mistakes on your own
  • The work matters
  • Let the hills work for you

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Jan 25, 2024

Are you performing to your potential or even understand what that means? Today we look into our mental and physical capacities and explore the idea that we ALL likely have “more” potential, but where do we want to put that energy? Today, we challenge ourselves to recall when we were “at our best” and look for reasons why.  Success has different definitions to everyone. What sacrifices are you willing to make to be your best at triathlon? Are you trying TOO hard? Not enough? Where’s the sweet spot in all of this? Sometimes we have to get out of our own way and understand that the process is truly the success. Investing ourselves into the journey, knowing we’ve done our best, and accepting the outcome. We can only be someone we’re not for so long. Is it a good result if it’s not healthy? 

Topics:

  • What we do can be kind of weird
  • Living for yourself
  • What’s the point of what we’re doing?
  • When are/were we at our best?
  • Back in the drinking days
  • Is it a good result if it’s not healthy?
  • How do we find the right key to unlock potential?
  • Welcome distractions from life 
  • Using triathlon as an escape
  • Goggins, Jordan, Phelps
  • What does it really take?
  • Are you trying TOO hard?
  • Fake enemies
  • Brain buckets
  • Get out of your own way
  • Train hard, race easy
  • Too much focus on the result
  • Are the sacrifices you make worth it?

 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Jan 23, 2024

Great questions today as we start with how to move up from Sprints to your first 70.3. What is a runner’s high and the best way to get it? Deeper look at how to enjoy running more and finding the right mindset to love any of the three sports. Are you paying enough attention to what your body is saying? What about spin bikes for training? How do you go from a 7 hour to a 6 hour bike at Ironman? Is your appetite out of control after workouts?  Looking at sugar, coffee, and other stimulants. Caloric deficits. And why doesn’t Mike just dial in his potential and get on the podium?

Topics:

  • We were left off the list . . . 
  • “Taster” tris and building to first 70.3
  • Never had a runner’s high?
  • Do you have to love all three sports?
  • Running too fast too often
  • The mindset for loving something you dislike 
  • Be creative
  • It’s in the attitude
  • Listen to your body and resistance
  • Spin Bikes and Pelotons? 
  • Steal mind on the trainer
  • Going from 7 hours to 6 in Ironman bike
  • Most people look for faster ways to progress, but . . . 
  • My appetite is out of control! 
  • Are you underfeed?
  • Too much sugar?
  • Eating immediately after workouts
  • Water before gorging 
  • When eating more is what’s missing
  • Caloric deficits
  • Why doesn’t Mike just put his head down and go for it?! 

 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Jan 18, 2024

Today we look at a wide range of topics, including the women vs. men, heavy lifting, strength training, disc wheels, being overweight, picking your first Ironman, turning your belief system on, and much more.

Topics:

  • Truth and facts?
  • Does a rear disc help?
  • What’s the cut off speed?
  • Women and training - Do we pay attention to issues?
  • Tracking cycles
  • Heat adaptation - men and women
  • Stacy Sims
  • Men are from mars . . . 
  • Every opinion is biased
  • Strength in the off season?
  • Lifting heavy
  • Are you trying to be a better triathlete?
  • If you like it and it feels good, do it
  • How to pick your first Ironman
  • Turning your belief system on
  • Over-fat, under-fat

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

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