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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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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

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

Apr 28, 2022

Ironman is never easy and Texas 2022 was no exception. Today we go over lessons learned and how they can be applied to any race. We look at dealing with wind, virtual training, and heat, but also get into the differences between training and exercising, how to practice patience, and overtraining. If you’re racing outside you need to train outside, a lot. 

Topics: 

  • Check out the C26 Chatt 70.3 Expo Booth
  • Athlete Observation from Texas 
  • The Heat Relativity 
  • “Hardest Race Ever”
  • Virtual “riding on the course”
  • Get outside
  • 90% Above the Chin
  • Light vs strong
  • The key to wind riding
  • Relative wind feel
  • Sacrificing performance for comfort
  • Exercising vs. Training
  • Overtraining and recovery
  • 1% overtrained
  • Knowing when you’re training too much
  • 70.3 training good enough for Ironman?
  • Driving analogy
  • Hydrating on the bike in wind
  • Rattle Snake running
  • Apple Cider Vinegar 
  • It’s so hard
  • Do it again and again and again

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

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

Mike Tarrolly: CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce: C26Coach@gmail.com

Apr 26, 2022

This was a tough one to do as Coach Robbie says goodbye to his best buddy, Kona. The bond between a man and his dog runs deep, and today Robbie shares his heartbreak, struggles and vulnerability. Ultimately it's a story of sweet girl who stood by through the highest highs and lowest lows -- always with unconditional love. 

Topics:

  • We are simply humans on this planet
  • This podcast is about life
  • Wake up calls
  • Difficulty accepting love 
  • Not taking things for granted 
  • The power in Vulnerability
  • Letting others in 
  • When we’re too hard on ourselves 
  • Self Sabotage circle 

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

 

Apr 20, 2022

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

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

Apr 18, 2022

We start by looking at our “big” training weekends and what we learned. It turns into an interesting discussion about energy expenditure during a race and when to cash in your energy chips. We look at how digging deep teaches you to be a better racer, how to measure and understand your run economy, and how most people spend money (energy) on the bike that they don’t have. 

Topics:

  • IMTX - The Heat is On
  • Mike and Robbie’s big training weekends 
  • Burnt Biscuits for Robbie
  • Mike’s “longest” ride since IMCHATT
  • Do we lose strength or aerobic?
  • Energy expenditure
  • The double edged sword of coaching
  • Inside Burn Out
  • Strides, High Cadence, Big Gear
  • More energy to go to the same pace
  • Run Economy
  • You have finite energy to burn in a race
  • What drains the battery faster?
  • Understanding the size of your tank
  • Knowing the effort you can hold
  • Training Experiment 
  • What are we getting in return for the effort?
  • Cashing your race out slowly
  • Choosing when to spend energy
  • Bankrupt by the run
  • Put your Ego Aside
  • Spending bike money you don’t have

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

 

Apr 14, 2022

Peaking, Burning Matches, Taper, Open Water Swimming.

More great questions from listeners, including how close together can an athlete burn matches on races? We look at peak training, what it means and what it should feel like going into taper. A deeper look into the theory of taper and if you need less or more. Older athlete discussion involving strength and speed vs. endurance. We also dive deep into open water swimming and how to prepare for the conditions in a pool. 

Topics: 

  • Coaching collides with training
  • Old Man Kickball 
  • Burning matches back to back?
  • Wet matches don’t burn as hot
  • 6-10 weeks of peak training per year
  • Simmer to Boil
  • What exactly is Peaking?
  • Peak drag 
  • Taper theory
  • Don’t remove intensity in taper
  • Aging up strategies
  • Older athletes - Strength and speed vs. Endurance
  • Prepping for an ocean swim without an ocean
  • Lake swims vs. ocean
  • What strong swimming means
  • Open water vs. the pool and how to compensate
  • Stay straighter in open water
  • Anaerobic benefits of swimming 
  • Swim and Bike impact on the run
  • Swimming is mandatory!

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

 

Apr 12, 2022

Back in Chattanooga with some great questions from the listeners. Fueling for Ironman bike, Heart Rate variability in sleep, HR testing, how much and when, Bike cleat fits, riding in wind, compact chain rings, prep vs. build, how to run the IM marathon, and playing mind games with yourself.

Topics:

  • Getting deeper sleep
  • HR Variability while asleep
  • Stress on the down low
  • The Gap and the Gain
  • List the accomplishments not failures
  • Bike fueling for Ironman (or a Century Ride)
  • HR formula
  • Average vs. Max HR
  • RPE
  • When and how often do HR tests
  • Re-adjusting Zones
  • Using a Sprint or an Olympic to test
  • IMTX - Be prepared
  • Dealing with the wind
  • The mental drain of riding outside
  • Cleat placement is overlooked
  • Bike fits and run problems
  • How much should you PUSH?
  • Prep vs. Build phase
  • Compact vs. standard chain rings
  • How to run the entire IM marathon
  • Playing mind games with yourself
Apr 7, 2022

Race Season is here and it’s easy to get caught up in the things you didn’t do, but we’re here to tell you, you’ve done hard work and what matters is what you do with it next. Well, that and having fun in a sport that we PAY to do. We look at “PR Mentality” and how it can hurt your training and racing. We get into comparing courses year to year. And we also get into the “Gallon of Gas” analogy that simplifies strategy and may be all you need on race day.

Topics:

  • What are we already worried about maybes?
  • Clamoring for being back to normal
  • the traveling toll
  • the pr trap
  • everyone wants a return on your investment
  • the point is to get the very best of themselves
  • 20 hour Jim vs. 8 hour Gary
  • i think i have more to squeeze out of me
  • early season races
  • Comparing year to year
  • Turning the race into a Fun Day
  • It’s not about a time
  • expectations gone while
  • The goal on race day is to get everything you have out of you
  • The Gallon of gas analogy that could be all you need for your race
  • Focus on the positive
  • Deal with problems after the race

Mike Tarrolly - crushingiron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - c26Coach@gmail.com

Apr 4, 2022

Races can unfold as a series of flight or fight episodes, so how will you deal? Not giving too much, but not giving too little is a fine line, so it’s good to know your body, mind, and understand effort. Today, we look at how to approach a race, how training should line up, and how you can mentally approach the day for your best performance. Did you really give it your all . . . or did you back down?

Topics:

  • Oceanside prediction re-cap
  • Jackson Laundry
  • chipping away - you never really know
  • race differences
  • the difficulty of early season races
  • we forget how hard racing is
  • how do you know what your best performance is?
  • dusting the rust off
  • going to the hurt locker
  • not the best biker or runner.. the best triathlete
  • patience is confidence
  • the race is the whole package
  • it’s easy to feel confident if you don’t have to prove it
  • seized up in the moment
  • where’s the edge? not too much not too little
  • Are you proud of yourself when you finish?
  • Did you really give it your all or back down?
  • Going for 80% and being 100% at that
  • Only YOU know how much you have left
  • Not going for it when you feel great

Mike Tarrolly - crushingiron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - c26coach@gmail.com 

Apr 1, 2022

"I am not interested in how much somebody is doing? I am very interested in how they're doing it because that's what changes the quality of who we are."

- Sadhguru

Topics: 

vacation training

let it fit in your life

the mirage of control

how long is your ride?

sitting is stress

how do you react to life?

prisoner of the moment

lightning in a bottle

how are you doing it?

yoga as a training mentality

don’t try to hit winners 

sending positive messages to yourself

fitness interest 

stay the course

texas 70.3

riding with wind

oceanside 70.3 pros predictions

watch on tv

Mar 29, 2022

A lot of triathletes seem to be more comfortable climbing out of holes versus climbing the actual mountain. Why do we set traps and get caught in short term excitement? Today we look at mental strategies to stay in the moment while focused on the long term. We also look at heat acclimation techniques, including why many athletes sacrifice fitness to “be ready” for the heat. Training so you can train like you need to train. And approaching today to set up tomorrow. 

Topics:

  • Texas and Oceanside 70.3
  • Spring Break for Robbie
  • Rotation of Ironman World Championship?
  • Climbing out of holes vs. Mountains
  • Magnetized by the Rush
  • Patience and how it impacts your day to day
  • Doing things the right way
  • Rushing Fitness
  • Train so you can train like you need to train
  • Too much time on the roller coaster
  • Embracing Z1-Z2
  • Heat acclimation
  • Being honest about the work we Didn’t Do!
  • Being objective in your planning
  • The fittest person is going to win
  • Saunas and heat acclimation
  • Sacrificing fitness for heat acclimation
  • Longer recoveries
  • Stop looking at progression as seasonal
  • “My Bike’s on eBay”
  • Looking forward to tomorrow
  • Organic Fitness

  • Coach Mike is accepting full-time athletes. Please check out the benefits of Customized Weekly Coaching here or contact Mike directly at: CrushingIron@gmail.com 
  • Registration is still open for the C26 Club Training Program. Take the worry and stress out of your next year of planning, recovering, taper, etc. The Club membership is good for 12 months from sign up. For more information, please visit www.C26Triathlon.com/the-c26-club
Mar 24, 2022

Whether it’s a workout, race, or big life decision, following your heart is usually a good rule of thumb. Doing what makes you happy is the key to feeling free, training free, and racing free. Today, Mike and Robbie talk about their big news to pull up stakes in Chattanooga. They look back at what was a great decision, but didn’t quite check all the boxes.  They look at why they are excited for the new chapter how they believe it will be even better for the C26 Community. 

Topics:

  • Chuck Cuts
  • The Courage to find your happiness
  • The big C26 News
  • You always have a choice
  • Master common sense before the science
  • C26 will be exactly the same moving forward
  • New discoveries, new journeys 
  • Taking chances
  • Being home

  • Coach Mike is accepting full-time athletes. Please check out the benefits of Customized Weekly Coaching here or contact Mike directly at: CrushingIron@gmail.com 
  • Registration is still open for the C26 Club Training Program. Take the worry and stress out of your next year of planning, recovering, taper, etc. The Club membership is good for 12 months from sign up. For more information, please visit www.C26Triathlon.com/the-c26-club
Mar 21, 2022

Anyone can come up with an excuse, but people who thrive in life figure out ways to get things done. Triathlon comes down to being a strong, durable and resilient athlete. That doesn't happen overnight or one spur of the moment 50 mile ultra. It takes the ability to be satisfied and happy with a lot of "average" days. How do we find the energy to be motivated for today and looking forward to tomorrow?

Topics:

  • Eating Crow 
  • Game/Race Speed
  • Consistent Effort
  • Strong, Durable, Resilient 
  • Keep moving forward
  • Noosing a way to find resolve
  • The biggest enemy is in our head
  • You can always find an excuse 
  • We never look for the opposite belief
  • Control freaks
  • Do what’s in front of you
  • Clean Your Bowl
  • Not much we can trust
  • Impulse - Prisoner of the moment
  • Body & Mind in sync 
  • The first thoughts are wrong
  • No watch experiment
  • The conversations we have in our head
  • Benefits tied to extremes
  • Great days synonymous with spectacular
  • There’s no middle anymore
  • Falling through he branches
  • Keeping epic energy
  • Being mediocre as F*ck
  • Great is the enemy of good

  • Coach Mike is accepting full-time athletes. Please check out the benefits of Customized Weekly Coaching here or contact Mike directly at: CrushingIron@gmail.com 
  • Registration is still open for the C26 Club Training Program. Take the worry and stress out of your next year of planning, recovering, taper, etc. The Club membership is good for 12 months from sign up. For more information, please visit www.C26Triathlon.com/the-c26-club
Mar 18, 2022
Sometimes athletes have higher ceilings, but potential for lower bottoms. The most successful athletes stay in the middle. Today is about staying on YOUR course and racing with the horse you trained on. Being comfortable and building confidence have massive implications for racing well. Maximize your strengths but don’t neglect your weaknesses. 

Topics:

  • Kentucky
  • No Fear
  • Success is from the 
  • Don’t take it for granted
  • Sophomore Slump
  • Doing it out of fear
  • Nothing to Lose
  • Your number one goal is to finish
  • Free, flexible, go with the moment
  • 10/80/10
  • Highs and Lows - Stay in the Middle
  • Breathing in the moment
  • Ride with it
  • Slow investments in yourself 
  • Know who you are and be that person
  • Race with the horse you trained on
  • Maximize your strengths
  • Don’t neglect your weaknesses
  • Being comfortable in the swim and bike
  • Pressure and confidence
  • Things happen around you, not to you
  • When things bleed into your life
  • You choose to be offended
  • Nothing is defined by a few minutes of your life
  • Stay the Course

  • Coach Mike is accepting full-time athletes. Please check out the benefits of Customized Weekly Coaching here or contact Mike directly at: CrushingIron@gmail.com 
  • Registration is still open for the C26 Club Training Program. Take the worry and stress out of your next year of planning, recovering, taper, etc. The Club membership is good for 12 months from sign up. For more information, please visit www.C26Triathlon.com/the-c26-club
  • Looking for a swim analysis, personalized zones for training, and an awesome experience? Check out our New C26 Hub Training Center in Chattanooga. 
  • C26 Gear is now available (for a limited time) at www.c26triathlon.com/c26-store  A great way to support the podcast! 
  • Looking for an awesome coach? Check out our team of awesome coaches on our Coaching Page on C26Triathlon.com 

    Big Shout out to podcast listener and Wordpress designer Bobby Hughes for helping get the new c26triathlon.com off the ground. If you like what you see and may need a website, check out Bobby’s work at https://hughesdesign.co/

    You can also slide by www.crushingiron.com which is now the official blog page for the podcast. Community and coaching information are at www.c26triathlon.com 

    Our 2020 C26 Camps are sold out (other than swim camp) Find out more on our Camps Page.

    If you'd like to support the Crushing Iron Podcast, hit up our Pledge Page and help us keep this podcast on the rails. Thanks in advance!

    Are you thinking about raising your game or getting started in triathlon with a coach? Check out our Crushing Iron Coaching Philosophy Video

    Please subscribe and rate Crushing Iron on YouTube and iTunes.

    For information on the C26 Coach’s Eye custom swim analysis, coaching, or training camps email: C26Coach@gmail.com

    Facebook: CrushingIron
    YouTube: Crushing Iron

Mar 14, 2022

Pacing is an art and we can all get better. Today, we get into changing and acclimating to the conditions and learning more from your workouts. We talk about being paralyzed by the numbers on the fly and why it’s best to react later. Real world environments. Training inside vs. Outside. Breath and Rhythm, along with a little March Madness and Clash Miami. 

Topics:

  • Tennessee rolls, Wisconsin falls
  • Brady makes Hayden happy
  • Pop Tarts
  • Dusted on the Trails
  • Clash Miami - A bummer?
  • Avoidance Means Stagnation
  • Let your body catch up to the conditions
  • Why you have to get outside
  • Wind
  • Nothing is Isolated
  • Fatigue is fatigue
  • Nutrition intake when it’s cold
  • Strength work on the fly
  • Practicing in a real world environment
  • Effort and Conditions
  • What’s Alarming
  • When you get inside your head
  • Breath and Rhythm
  • Writing with eyes closed
  • Learn the lesson afterwards
  • Just be who you are today
  • Paralyzed by the numbers
  • “I ran slower than I thought I would today.”
  • More effective when we’re focused

  • Coach Mike is accepting full-time athletes. Please check out the benefits of Customized Weekly Coaching here or contact Mike directly at: CrushingIron@gmail.com 
  • Registration is still open for the C26 Club Training Program. Take the worry and stress out of your next year of planning, recovering, taper, etc. The Club membership is good for 12 months from sign up. For more information, please visit www.C26Triathlon.com/the-c26-club
  • Looking for a swim analysis, personalized zones for training, and an awesome experience? Check out our New C26 Hub Training Center in Chattanooga. 
  • C26 Gear is now available (for a limited time) at www.c26triathlon.com/c26-store  A great way to support the podcast! 
  • Looking for an awesome coach? Check out our team of awesome coaches on our Coaching Page on C26Triathlon.com 

    Big Shout out to podcast listener and Wordpress designer Bobby Hughes for helping get the new c26triathlon.com off the ground. If you like what you see and may need a website, check out Bobby’s work at https://hughesdesign.co/

    You can also slide by www.crushingiron.com which is now the official blog page for the podcast. Community and coaching information are at www.c26triathlon.com 

    Our 2020 C26 Camps are sold out (other than swim camp) Find out more on our Camps Page.

    If you'd like to support the Crushing Iron Podcast, hit up our Pledge Page and help us keep this podcast on the rails. Thanks in advance!

    Are you thinking about raising your game or getting started in triathlon with a coach? Check out our Crushing Iron Coaching Philosophy Video

    Please subscribe and rate Crushing Iron on YouTube and iTunes.

    For information on the C26 Coach’s Eye custom swim analysis, coaching, or training camps email: C26Coach@gmail.com

    Facebook: CrushingIron
    YouTube: Crushing Iron
    Twitter: CrushingIron
    Instagram: C26_Triathlon

    www.c26triathlon.com

    Mike Tarrolly - crushingiron@gmail.com
    Robbie Bruce - c26coach@gmail.com

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