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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: December, 2022
Dec 29, 2022

Today is about new beginnings and using our own fuel to help build triathlon. It’s easy to forget where we came from, but it’s important to reflect, recognize, and appreciate/understand that growth. We’re all inspired by comeback stories and we all have our own versions. Make this year about experiences and adventure instead of focusing on times and gear. Break out of the shell and create connection and inspiration. We all have a story to share and many people want to hear it. Society seems to look for any way to be safe, but we think there’s more to be gained in doing something that scares you. Get serious about having fun. 

Topics:

  • New beginnings
  • Resolutions and finding your spark
  • Getting better
  • The biggest piece is ACTION
  • The $18,000 bike philosophy
  • Getting through deep depression
  • Getting serious about having fun
  • Finding adventure
  • Pay for EXPERIENCES
  • The comeback story
  • Doing nothing gets you nothing
  • Experience SOMETHING
  • Del Boca Vista 
  • Dance at a wedding, not a club on South Beach
  • Do something that scares you
  • Excuses to stay safe
  • Introvert/Extrovert

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Dec 27, 2022

This is the perfect de-motivational storm and it’s up to us to create “something” that starts some momentum. Do you have 20 minutes today? Tomorrow? This is a great way to stay in the game and prime yourself for next week. We get in bad habits of thinking we need more time to do a workout that “is meaningful” but little movements create big results. Now is the time to stay on the train. Don’t put it off until next week or the next. Don’t talk yourself into postponing the progress train. Action creates understanding.

Topics:

  • 2023 Training Plans for 70.3s and Ironman
  • Christmas Gifts and Gorging 
  • Staying on the Train
  • Off The Grid too far?
  • Taking a Day Off Is a Skill
  • Hibernation and Nature
  • Shorter Days
  • It’s the perfect De-Motivation Storm
  • Positive momentum
  • Staying engaged with the process
  • Internal Battles
  • Negotiating with ourselves
  • The Lazy Devil on your shoulder 
  • The underrated 20 Minutes
  • 20 minutes a day is 130 Hours a year 
  • This helps you feel better
  • Action creates understanding 
  • Quit talking yourself out of progress
  • Experience creates understanding
  • Mountain of Hell (Mountain Bike Race)

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Dec 22, 2022

Lots of great questions including bike power vs. HR vs. effort. We also look at “is too much swimming a thing?” What about too much climbing? We get into recovery and under fueling for training and in a general life-sense as it relates to stress. We talk about the 80/20 brand and why it’s just a baseline that flows. We also have a nice discussion about Sprints and Olympics and why that doesn’t translate into doing “easy” work. And we end with a “slang discussion” about the use of the term “Drip.” 

Please check out out gear and 2023 Training plans at c26triathlon.com 

Merry Christmas to everyone. Thanks for listening. We love ya. 

Topics:

  • The Lost Art
  • Outside forces
  • Remember where we come from?
  • Is power King on the bike?
  • Learn your body
  • Or, is HR King?
  • Connecting to your effort
  • Too much swimming?
  • Too much climbing?
  • Too much stress?
  • Overtraining vs. Being Tired
  • PRs in Training vs Bad Racing
  • Sprinting to the Finish Line after walking
  • Under fueled?
  • 80/20
  • Cramping — Poor Nutrition . . . or?
  • Elf on the shelf?
  • Olys and Sprints - Don’t equal easy
  • Fast - - - Then Far
  • “Doing it” … vs racing to your potential
  • We go into a Deep Dive on the slang term “Drip”

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com 

Dec 19, 2022

Today, we listen to you and answer your questions. We start with discussion about pain and emotions while training, racing, and living. We get into breathing and side stitches. We look at marginal gains and what types of things including tires make you faster. Also the concept of training harder than you’ll race. We look at Z2 rides and runs and talk about differences between them. How important is it to study your race course? Running economy, the Peaky Blinders final episode, and you will not want to miss our World Cup discussion at the end. 

Check out our 2023 Training Plans for 70.3s and Full Ironman.

Topics:

  • Cold Running 
  • The Human Playground
  • Cold water diving
  • Shoving down emotions
  • Becoming the best version of ourselves
  • Side Stitches 
  • Breathing
  • Specific course research
  • Executing a race at your 90-100%
  • Favorite marginal gains 
  • Bike Tires
  • Gator skins
  • Reverse marginalization
  • Are all Z2 runs equivalent?
  • Running Economy
  • Long Z2 Trainer Rides
  • Peaky Blinders Final Episode
  • Best soccer Player
  • Best soccer story

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

 

www.c26triathlon.com

Dec 15, 2022

Most athletes want to get stronger and faster, but what does it take? Coaches also want to get better and more effective, and today we’ll look at some of the steps we’re taking with our athletes to make sure that happens. We’re not into reinventing the wheel, but we are (especially this time of the year) in fine-tuning mode on a quest for better workouts, training blocks and communication. We believe that most athletes have a ton more potential and today we’ll take you behind the curtain and look at how we think about intent and effectiveness, along with physiological costs of going too long or hard, and how we communicate and adapt throughout the season.

Check out our 2023 Training Plans, which will all be built with the philosophies shared in today's podcast. 

Topics:

  • Snow days
  • Athlete conversation
  • Are you an ambassador for this sport?
  • The Neighborhood podcast
  • Just be a good person
  • New Year “excitement”
  • Champions are made in the winter
  • Off the Grid
  • C26 Full Experience
  • Coaches are teachers
  • Discoveries “in the weeds”
  • Athletes want to know “why”
  • Artificial intelligence meets human connection
  • Goal: Fast feels easy
  • Efficiency in the water
  • Work less hard 
  • Physiological costs of long runs and sessions
  • Minimal effective does
  • It’s the intent and effectiveness
  • It’s not about re-inventing the wheel

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Dec 13, 2022

This isn’t a woo woo cast about feelings. We get to the core about how you think and what you believe about yourself and your abilities.

Are you doing what it takes to reach your potential or laboring in guilt because you know you have more in you. We believe everyone has ability and it’s about shifting the belief paradigm to the side that gives you confidence in the direction you’re going and your ability to get there. 

We look at why motivation usually comes from the wrong places, how to lock in to yourself, and get over the “I can’t do this” mentality. 

Thoughts are things . . . are you here to prove others wrong or to prove yourself right?

Check out our 2023 Full and 70.3 Training plans. All written from the C26 Philosophy. 

Topics:

  • Turtle necks and scarves
  • Fundamentals vs Flow 
  • Internal audits of your belief system
  • Is what you believe really true?
  • Beliefs that are passed down
  • We have infinite ability
  • “That’s just me”
  • “I can’t do this”
  • David Goggins’ new book thoughts
  • Frustrated with inaction
  • Contradict what we believe in ourselves
  • Are you making the time??
  • Motivated by being a better person
  • Train through it or exercise through it?
  • Lock in to yourself
  • Impact of downhill speed
  • Thoughts are things
  • Confidence in your emergency bag
  • Are you here to prove other people wrong, or yourself right?

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

 

Dec 8, 2022

One of our biggest goals is to help build triathlon. Today we look at why we think splitting the Ironman World Championship between Kona and Nice seems like a really bad idea. We look at other alternatives and talk about why we think Ironman should focus more on building from the ground up. We look at analogies with other sports and how it can work better than the current Ironman model. We talk about why it’s more powerful to make one event great rather than making two sort of good ones. Do most triathletes even care? Lots of interesting discussion.

Topics:

  • 2 World Championship in different parts of the world
  • Women in Kona, Men in Nice
  • This doesn’t impact the majority of triathletes
  • Always comes back to money
  • Short term fixes
  • Max the Clown Patkin and Harry the Juggler or the San Diego Chicken?
  • NFL - Military uniforms and breast cancer awareness
  • Does the split between Kona and Nice help grow the sport?
  • Couples racing together
  • Pros, men, women all together is part of the mystique
  • What’s this do to the cost and price?
  • Can we get regular race participation up instead?
  • Para mutual betting?

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Dec 6, 2022

Most of us aren’t even close to our potential. The way to explore the possibilities is to challenge yourself with hard things. Society tends to push the “easy way” but the path to happy and healthy is pushing our limits. The C26 Run Camp always reminds us of what we are capable of in both triathlon and life. Spending 5 days with like-minded people (not obsessed with phones and computers) while tackling terrain that most of us aren’t prepared for. We contend it’s because we’re out of our heads. The stress relief is massive and laughter, community, and common goals take over like a spiritual force. Dig into this podcast and apply thoughts to your own life. How can you challenge yourself to explore the potential you have just waiting to be tapped. 

Topics:

  • Check out our 2023 Training Plans for Sale 
  • Run Camp
  • Getting away from responsibility
  • Changing of terrain 
  • Mixing up Training 
  • Robust & Stable 
  • Throwing caution to the wind
  • Impact of stress on recovery
  • There’s always something 
  • Mood Improvement
  • Disconnecting 
  • Make things easier by making them harder 
  • Kona brief
  • Laughter and your ability to recover
  • Step out of your box
  • You have to push your body
  • We have become a weak society
  • Most of us aren’t even close to our potential
  • A punch from a friend is better than a hug from an enemy
  • Life is always hard
  • Hard work can happen anywhere 
  • Alone with your thoughts 
  • Find a dark place

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

Website

www.c26triathlon.com

Dec 1, 2022

We’re back with 3 more actionable steps that can produce instant results. Tuesday we talked about building the muscles of great perspective, looking at things from the Big Picture, and being consistent. Today, we look at communication, being motivated by weaknesses and how to be resilient and relentless. These are based on things we’ve learned from our athletes over the years. We look at how to gauge when you may need a break and how to communicate it to your coach. We also look at how successful athletes are MOTIVATED by their weaknesses and lean in to fix them. And the endangered traits of being resilient and relentless. Often times games and races are decided by who plays until the whistle. It’s the little things that can give you the advantage against someone not as mentally tough.

Topics: 

  • GET YOUR 2023 TRAINING PLAN NOW
  • Run Camp
  • Creating chaos to be comfortable
  • Stressed because we’re not stressed?
  • Context before content
  • THEY ARE GREAT COMMUNICATORS
  • Loved and hated workouts
  • Giving yourself permission to say no
  • Vulnerability
  • THEY DON’T GIVE IN TO WEAKNESSES 
  • Not fearful but pissed off
  • Confidence can change you
  • Challenged wins are more rewarding
  • Be okay with getting it wrong
  • THEY ARE RESIILIENT AND RELENTLESS
  • These are endangered traits 

Coaching Inquires: 

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

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