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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. 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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Now displaying: May, 2022
May 30, 2022
Topics: 
  • What’s your sign?
  • Millionaires and Billionaires
  • Committing to the simple things
  • Motivation Graph
  • Relying on Consistency
  • Just Show Up
  • Is moving a detriment to C26?
  • Is Mike Hollywood on the scene?
  • Track work
  • Run mechanics
  • 9 out of 10 injuries are from running
  • When to re-evaluated your priorities
  • Your goals are 6 months behind reality
  • Holding on to what we were 
  • Zen thoughts . . . 
  • Triathlon diet
  • What can we take from our first IM and apply to the 2nd?
  • What makes a good coach?

Buy C26 Gear Here: https://c26triathlon.com/c26-store/

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

Mike Tarrolly: CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce: C26Coach@gmail.com

May 26, 2022

“You begin saving the world by saving one person at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.” – Charles Bukowski

We start with thoughts about an Ironman finish line and the emotions that run through people in that moment. 

It’s really a magical place and you can see that “I overcame life in that moment” on people’s faces. Then we dive into how to affect change in this world and why it starts with yourself. We look at our personal battles and being proactive at being better. It’s not about new bikes and gear, but how we can renew ourselves. It’s easy to blame the world, but we can fold the cards we have and ask for a new deck at anytime. Be committed to yourself and let triathlon enhance your human experience. 

Topics: 

  • The Ironman Finish Line 
  • Raw emotions burst through 
  • The feeling of “we beat life” for that moment
  • Race when we’re able 
  • Stress, grief, trauma
  • Training Peaks and life stories 
  • Taking things way too seriously
  • Being proactive in turning your life around 
  • It’s easy to blame the world 
  • Be fed up with something 
  • Stop talking and do it 
  • Changing the World 
  • The new definition of selfish 
  • Get yourself better 
  • Throw in the deck for a new hand of cards
  • How we cling to the wrong things 
  • Re-channeling emotions
  • Being committed to Yourself 

Buy C26 Gear Here: https://c26triathlon.com/c26-store/

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

Mike Tarrolly: CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce: C26Coach@gmail.com

May 24, 2022

We had a great weekend here in Chattanooga with over 50 athletes racing. Today, we look back on the event and give you some insight into why you may have had a good or a bad race. We talk about our first experience as Ironman vendors, the water temperature flux, the heat, hills, and winds, etc… But we really get into HOW TO RACE a 70.3. We look at what it means to burn your biscuits vs. just toasting them a little. Also, how you can gauge your process and learn from mistakes. We also talk about fueling, why it is so tricky in a 70.3 and how to better simulate racing conditions before you race. Lots of great stuff in here about the inner workings of a 70.3 race. Thanks for stopping by our booth. It was great to meet everyone! 

Topics:

  • Vender Expo Experience 
  • Water temp. 
  • Long time for athletes to get into the water
  • Average Chatt 70.3 temps. 
  • Bike course fast?
  • Overbiking for your limits 
  • Did you get into the water early?
  • Swim got crowded
  • Getting clean space in a race 
  • Bike for show
  • Toasting Biscuits vs. Burning them 
  • The longer you’re in the oven . . . 
  • If you’re truly racing, it’s gonna burn 
  • Ironman is a crock pot, 70.3 is an air fryer 
  • Mastering a 70.3 then the full
  • You either got it or you don’t on race day 
  • Stay cool before you get hot! 
  • Pacing too high to accommodate fueling
  • Lots of us haven’t raced enough the last two years
  • Do you do tough training rides to simulate races?
  • Training for Surges
  • Are you a gamer?

Buy C26 Gear Here: https://c26triathlon.com/c26-store/

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

Mike Tarrolly: CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce: C26Coach@gmail.com

May 19, 2022

 

Note: Be sure to stop by the C26 Tent at the Ironman Chattanooga 70.3 expo.

 

Today is sort of part 2 for Chattanooga 70.3 with a heavy emphasis on swimming, including breathing, rhythm, cadence, and finding your stroke. Also lots of thoughts on the race along with proper training for YOUR body. We look at why most injuries happen, how to work on your balance, and most importantly, how to not overthink what you’re doing in the pool, on the bike, or while running. So much of this sport is being in the moment and by the time you “think” to do something, it’s probably too late. Good luck everyone! 

 

Topics:

 

  • Stop by the C26 tent at Ironman Village before you race Chatt 70.3. We’ll have tons of gear and will be having a huge sale! 
  • Robbie’s story about running into a couple Pros at the pool.
  • More on the strong pro field at Chattanooga 70.3
  • Swimming tips - it’s the little things
    • Finding your best swim rhythm
    • Breathing
    • Clunky swimming? Try this.
  • Similarities between the swim stroke, the bike stroke, and the run stride.
  • Playing games to stay engaged
  • Heat too low?
  • 25s and 50s to find your love of swimming
  • Overthinking your swim stroke
  • Zen in the Art of Archery
  • Why most injuries happen
  • Thinking vs. Reacting
  • Cross country skiing 
  • Biathlon shooting and breath 
  • Trying to be someone you’re not

Buy C26 Gear Here: https://c26triathlon.com/c26-store/

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

Mike Tarrolly: CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce: C26Coach@gmail.com

May 17, 2022
First note, if you’re racing here, please stop by and say hi at our booth in the Ironman Expo Friday and Saturday. Mike and Robbie will be there. We have over 50 athletes racing this weekend in Chattanooga and today, we go step by step through the course and offer strategies on pacing, fueling, and the mental game for success. 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:

  • Come by our C26 Booth at the Ironman Expo on Friday and Saturday!! 
  • 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 

Buy C26 Gear Here: https://c26triathlon.com/c26-store/

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

Mike Tarrolly: CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce: C26Coach@gmail.com

May 13, 2022

We dig a little deeper into St. George, and today’s focus is on the Age Group Athlete experience. We break down the bike, the wind, the heat, and the death march of a run. We also discuss the idea of going into a race that you know you won’t PR. How does that impact your mindset, how can you learn, and how will it make you a better athlete? We also get into the post race emotion of such a tough race and the challenge of getting through the Ironman Rut. 

Topics:

  • It’s all about effort
  • Coaching and parental instincts
  • St. George bike course/times
  • Pros and swim anxiety
  • Perils of starting late in the swim 
  • The day got worse as it went
  • Props for St. George for organization and hosting
  • Heat and humidity vs. Dry Heat 
  • May Race - Limited chance to train for conditions
  • This was a tough one
  • Walking into a race knowing you won’t PR
  • Always wanting PRs 
  • Freedom of tough races
  • The fitness Boost from Ironman
  • How to move forward after a rough race
  • Tail winds on the climb might “seem” nice
  • Not having the same terrain to train on
  • Post Ironman rut
  • Validation and revenge
  • Working through post-race emotions
  • The beauty of tough races like this 

Buy C26 Gear Here: https://c26triathlon.com/c26-store/

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

Mike Tarrolly: CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce: C26Coach@gmail.com

May 10, 2022
We had a great time and learned a lot watching the Ironman World Championship at St. George and have a lot to talk about. Today we look at the overall conditions, body shaming, break down the pro men and women, and look at how tough of a day it was for everyone. We also look at how DNS’s effected the pro field and how this was a great teaser for a potentially captivating race at Kona. Coaching trust and staying with your plan always wins. 

Topics:

  • Overview of a tough day at St. George IM World Championships
  • Predicting a rotation of IM World Championships
  • Kristian Bumenfelt’s unbelievable race
  • Body shaming 
  • A “triathlete’s look”
  • Getting away to find yourself
  • Daniella Ryf 
  • One focus for so long 
  • The Pros that weren’t there
  • Lionel Sanders and Curie finish
  • Things could have been drastically different 
  • Kona Preview 
  • Finding trust in your coach and why it can take you next level

Buy C26 Gear Here: https://c26triathlon.com/c26-store/

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

Mike Tarrolly: CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce: C26Coach@gmail.com

May 5, 2022

We are super pumped about Ironman World Championships in St. George. It’s fresh, it’s new for everyone, and the course will be a big challenge for pros and age groups alike. Today we look at some course strategy, the pro field including predictions, and why this will be such a cool race to watch. This course will be the ultimate test of patience for triathletes and you may be surprised by what type of athlete should do well. Don’t burn your biscuits on the bike if you’re racing. The run course could prove daunting. 

Topics:

  • Sam Long
  • Practicing believing you suck?
  • St. George World Championship
  • Move Kona?
  • It’s all new to everyone! 
  • How to view
  • So dry and hilly
  • The run could be carnage
  • Pro Field - Who’s not going is a story
  • Part of winning is making it to the start line
  • The Norwegians
  • Lionel Sanders
  • Cam Wurf  - Watch his bike 
  • Alistair Brownlee and Kristian Blummenfelt
  • Gustav Iden 
  • Robbie’s Top 3 Men
  • Elevation profiles are not linear 
  • Drafting 
  • Losing the pack 
  • Robbie’s Top 3 women
  • Hard to bet against Ryf
  • Ann Haug
  • Swim - Cold Water - Tips 

Buy C26 Gear Here: https://c26triathlon.com/c26-store/

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

Mike Tarrolly: CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce: C26Coach@gmail.com

May 3, 2022

Today we look at how a triathlete’s approach and thought patterns affect them over the long run. Almost like getting faster without trying so hard. Triathlon training is about staying within yourself and building long stretches of “good” workouts. We look at the guilt of woulda and shoulda’s and look at why we might want to feel more grateful we even have the opportunity to use training as an option. Irresponsible expectations meet the ability to accept the idea that, “that just felt good.” In reality, how fast would you have to be to be happy and content? Will there ever be contentment without realizing and accepting that things are going the way they should be? 

Topics:

  • When Dew Point smacks you in the face
  • Grateful to have training as an option in life
  • Swimming through problems as a meditation
  • The distraction as your enemy
  • Apologizing for crying
  • Understanding guilt in training and life
  • What would you give up for more time?
  • Why people don’t like taking personal inventory
  • The 10 year plan . . . . 
  • How fast would make you happy and content?
  • Obsession and self-judgement
  • Irresponsible expectations
  • Fisherman Fable
  • Not being prisoner of the moment when training
  • Wedding Outfits 

Buy C26 Gear Here: https://c26triathlon.com/c26-store/

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

Mike Tarrolly: CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce: C26Coach@gmail.com

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