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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: June, 2022
Jun 29, 2022

We’re back from Nashville Camp and have a lot of observations. We get into growth, courage, and confidence, specifically as it comes to getting out of your comfort zone. We talk about challenges and how they can be the key to happiness. We also get into some of our personal struggles. Mike and Robbie talk about how they have a tendency to waste their potential as athletes. We also look at how finding a groove in your least favorite of the 3 disciplines can be the catalyst in making you a stronger athlete. We all need to have courage and face risks in training. We need to take things day to day and roll with the unexpected. 

Topics:

  • The trips back from Nashville Camp
  • Driver’s Education
  • Happy & Healthy
  • Mental and Emotional Health
  • Finding your sweet spot
  • Apprehension and anxiety
  • No magic formula
  • Being around other people
  • The trouble with isolation
  • Using external energy
  • Our psychological observations from camp
  • It takes courage and risk
  • Being with friends and family
  • Safety vs. Protecting ego
  • Sophomore Slump
  • Healthy fear
  • Perfection leading to paralyzation 
  • The illusion of perfection
  • Confidence grows through challenge
  • Upper body strength
  • Favorite sport of the 3 
  • When do you enjoy training the most?
  • Tired arms equals tired legs 
  • It’s all about energy expenditure
  • When will you stop wasting your ability?

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

 

Jun 23, 2022

Today is mostly about swimming in open water, specifically how to be faster. How do you deal with the elements? Are you swimming straight, making micro adjustments too much? Sometimes you just need to have a solid stroke and swim. We also discuss the possibilities of new Camps in Wisconsin, tri bike vs. road bike adjustments, and why you shouldn’t be so literal in your training. 

Topics: 

  • Almost a full month’s worth of podcasts
  • Your number one job is to be healthy
  • Being Hurd vs. Being injured
  • Z2 running made simple
  • Why am I slower in open water?
  • Swimming soft
  • The wall push
  • Bad seeding
  • Elements, chop, wind, current, people
  • Sighting in open water
  • Swimming straight
  • Wisconsin Camps in the Future?
  • What if Ironman was run, bike, swim?
  • Tri bike vs. road bike
  • Fitness is fitness
  • Don’t be so literal in training

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com 

www.c26triathlon.com

 

Jun 20, 2022

Great questions today from our listeners, but we start with attitude is a choice and how to gives ourselves little adjustments. Then we get into bike nutrition and how to approach aid stations. Robbie talks about challenges of training in the summer as a parent. Mike talks about his move to Wisconsin and finding new races, experiences. We also get into cycling strength and power with a hill/big gear workout discussion. And if you’re training for Ironman how you work in Olympics and Sprints along the way while keeping Volume. Finally, should you go into Ironman with a Walk/Run strategy?

Topics:

  • Air Conditioning vs. The Heat
  • Attitude is a Choice
  • What if I drop a Bottle of Nutrition?
  • Ironman On Course Nutrition training?
  • Balancing being a parent with summer training
  • “Soft” on your left
  • 80/20 Diet 
  • We are way too hard on ourselves
  • Mike reflects on the move and looks for new local experiences in Wisconsin
  • Big Gear and Hill workouts
  • Long rides after our Olympic and/or Sprint?
  • Intentionally using walk/run strategy

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com 

www.c26triathlon.com 

Jun 16, 2022

All the algorithms in the world won’t help if you don’t do the work. And you must LOVE the work. When it comes to lang haul training, we need to minimize the risks, find joy and invest in your ability to be fit. What is fitness if it’s not feeling good? Many triathletes are all in or all out, but today we talk about staying baseline ready and doing things that feel right. “Brand new” usually isn’t the answer. Today, we’re here to tell you, the simple things still work. 

Topics:

  • Asking dumb questions is a good thing
  • Triathlon is complicated, which is why you should make it simple
  • How to simplify your training theory 
  • Centering to find your flow
  • Taking too many training risks
  • Swimming for three sport fitness 
  • It’s hot and getting hotter, but you will adapt
  • In the chains of the pandemic
  • In heat, up the intensity of the bike and swim, inside
  • We don’t get extra points for being stupid
  • The goal is to be fit
  • What is fitness?
  • Turbulent and volatile
  • Baseline level of motivation and commitment 
  • The best thing you can do is take care of yourself
  • Invest in your ability to be fit
  • Life is full of choices
  • Are you repeating the same cycle?
  • Major life challenges
  • Stress, guilt and shame
  • Be flexible and find your sweet spots
  • All in or all out
  • Be baseline ready

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com
Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

 

Jun 14, 2022

“Once you get too hot, it’s too late.” Today we get into the challenges and benefits of heat training. We go into when and how to train, plus explain how getting outside when it’s hot is a win. We also look at the parallels between heat training and racing. What you can learn from giving yourself time to check your system and why that is everything in racing. Dehydration, cold showers, and negative split mentality. Racing is all about connecting the links in the chain and we’ll explain how the lower paces in heat will help you do better down the road when it matters. 

Topics: 

  • Mike’s 2/3 rule 
  • DesMoines Heat
  • How to acclimate
  • How and when to train
  • It’s all about how little you slow down
  • Fatigue resistance 
  • Shelve Your Expectations
  • Dew Point Impact
  • Swimming Outside
  • Hydration
  • Running Loops, cooling down
  • Checking the Box of Time
  • Feel good about the strength
  • Fatigue masks fitness
  • Connecting the mind and body
  • Extreme conditions explain your body
  • It takes time to build a reality check
  • Give yourself a buffer
  • Heat Exhaustion in 5ks and 10ks
  • Eat slowly to know if you’re full
  • Ironman run start simulation
  • Give your cooling system a chance to start working
  • Heat acclimation is exposure
  • Teaching your body to adapt
  • Do “Intensity by Feel” and mostly inside
  • It’s about the links in the chain
  • Negative split mentality
  • Perfection ends poorly
  • Shelled and Dehydrated
  • There’s a win waiting outside
  • Once you get too hot, it’s too late 

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com
Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.C26triathlon.com 

Jun 9, 2022

We catch some flack for giving Data a hard time, but the reality is, we like data, especially when it’s practical. We also love RPE and effort training. Today we look at how they can merge to make you stronger, faster, and . . . happier with your training and racing. We love open water training, but we also love the pool…. Open road… and trainer… treadmill and trails. It all combines in this beautiful mixture of satisfaction and better training. How do we mix the modern tech with old school ways?

 

Topics: 

 

  • Rocky 2 and Old School Ways
  • Distractions
  • When everyone’s an expert
  • Swim Skins & Wetsuits
  • Dress for Success
  • Bike Weight and ceramic derailleurs 
  • Dependency
  • Mindset of a grinder
  • “I’m all about the data” 
  • Obsessed with numbers
  • The workout still counts without your watch
  • The Marriage of RPE and Data
  • Consistency is the cake
  • How much open water vs. the pool
  • Training Peak comments that are most effective 
  • Meeting in the middle of RPE & Data
  • The power in being a little reckless 
  • Is it pain or are you tired/weak?
  • Blowing up on the bike
  • Micro managing your training and races
  • Race prep rides
  • Race more and figure things out
  • Practical feedback
  • Do you have that extra gear?
  • Don’t stare at your watch or bike computer
  • Making our own decisions
  • The importance of understanding your “all day pace”
  • Learn about yourself and connect with other people

MIKE TARROLLY - CRUSHINGIRON@GMAIL.COM

ROBBIE BRUCE - C26COACH@GMAIL.COM

Jun 7, 2022

Mike and Robbie have settled in their new locations and focus on creating routine in the middle of chaos. They get into the concepts of simplicity, rigidity and how to make the most of your current situation. They also look at subtle ways to train the mind for racing demands, letting go of responsibilities while you train, and why boring routes can be an advantage in training. Don’t be fooled by perfection, do it now. 

Topics:

  • Stress is Stress is Stress
  • New Locations
  • Hayden out of school for the summer
  • Zero Control
  • Routine building in chaos
  • The wisdom of simplicity
  • Pliable rigidity 
  • Old school training
  • Post race emotional recovery
  • Huge mental tasks
  • Planning for something you haven’t planned for 
  • Do it now
  • Summer is hard
  • Letting go of responsibilities for a bit
  • You don’t have to be perfect
  • 50 minutes or an hour
  • How many minutes do you have?
  • Boring Ride and Run routes
  • Fooled by perfection
  • Expectations
  • Do something
  • The subtle mind builders
  • Intentional Training
  • Transitional periods
  • Sometimes freedom is a crutch

Mike Tarrolly: CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce: C26Coach@gmail.com

 

Jun 2, 2022

Topics:

  • Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends . . . 
  • Ozark & Peaky Blinders 
  • How to pick out a coach
  • Navigating Aid Stations
  • Coming back from a big injury
  • Small increments are the way to win
  • Evolution of C26 from here . . . 
  • More C26 Hubs?
  • C26 Convention? 
  • When we said no . . .
  • Team Race in Europe? 
  • Body types and racing Ironman
  • Diet and performance
  • Give us your ideas on how you’d like to see us move forward

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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