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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: March, 2023
Mar 30, 2023

Today we talk about permission to be yourself. Owning your journey applies to so many things and we detail how that should be goal number one in your life, training, and racing. Resistance comes from within and it’s your job to jumpstart yourself into feeling good. We look at ways you can do that today, tomorrow, and to get in a groove for your race. We also look at ways to have fun with what you’re doing in training. Weather and mood and remedies. That post workout feeling. Owning happiness. Don’t burn yourself out, embrace the permission to do things you enjoy. 

Topics: 

  • Cliff diving
  • Leaning into Life
  • What if we had advertising??
  • New Classic C26 Gear is IN
  • Weather and mood
  • Cooped up inside
  • Your body lets you travel, use it
  • Zoom Calls
  • Just do it
  • The chasm between the recliner and a workout
  • That post-workout feeling
  • Own Your Journey
  • Watch the sun come up
  • When all the lanes are full
  • Things tend to take care of themselves if you work it
  • Take ownership of your happiness
  • How long you gonna run today?
  • Figure out how to have fun with what you do
  • The hardest week EVER
  • People who crave rigidity
  • How much easy volume can I get in this week?
  • Jumpstart yourself into feeling good
  • Resistance comes from within
  • You need outlets
  • Don’t burn yourself out
  • Permission to do what you want and to be yourself

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Mar 28, 2023

Today we look at the little decisions in training and racing that will take you to the next level. Understanding simple things like, the more fatigue you have, the longer the warm up, and today’s success could be as simple as you getting out to move your body. We look into race mentality from the beginning of the swim until the end of the race, and why your tank should be full AFTER you get out of the water. We remind you that if you didn’t swim or bike enough in training, don’t act like you did in the race. We look at 2nd, 3rd, and 4th winds and how to find them. We talk about the power of incremental gains and why it’s so important to control and understand your effort. Race practice can happen in every single training session if you know what to look for and today we define how you should feel at the end and what’s the proper understanding of Emptying the Tank. 

Topics:

  • Texas camp and new swim camp
  • Attitude is contagious 
  • Stepping out of your comfort zone
  • Surround yourself with the right people
  • You never regret having coffee with a good friend
  • 2nd, 3rd and 4th winds
  • Athletes overestimate what they can do in three weeks
  • Athletes underestimate what they can do in a year
  • Flipping the micro and macro
  • Micro decisions to START a workout
  • The hardest part of a run is putting on your shoes
  • The win for today is that you got out and moved
  • Easy to lay in your excuses
  • Don’t make Macro decisions when you start
  • Incremental gains and small increases
  • Owning different paces, power and zones
  • Own where you’re at
  • Do you have the mental capacity to hold on?
  • Racing mentality
  • How to finish right
  • If you didn’t swim or bike enough, don’t act like you did
  • Lap pace only
  • The problem with ERG
  • The more fatigue the longer the warm up
  • Keeping that Last Gear in your back pocked
  • You should have a full tank of gas AFTER the swim

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Mar 23, 2023

Today we’re talking race strategy, and more importantly how to handle the demands of race energy. We look at an honest evaluation of your training and how that might, should, could translate in your race. We look at the realism of your potential at this time. We discuss planned and unplanned governors that can help keep you under control. We talk your “energy bank” and how not to overdraw in the swim. We discuss how most people blame their run, but it’s really their bike. And we get into the concept of leaving it all on the race course and the right way for you to think about emptying the tank. 

Topics:

  • Race performance is objective
  • The origin of the Crushing Iron podcast photo
  • Ask yourself - Did my training meet the requirements?
  • Are you living in a pipe dream?
  • How to be relaxed
  • Coach’s job: Take you week to week based on where you’re at 
  • Did you put in the work to get the result you wanted?
  • The governor you didn’t know you needed
  • Under fueling
  • You have the ability but you have to have the energy
  • Withdrawals from the energy bank start in the swim
  • Certain parts of the race demand more energy
  • Everyone blames the run because it’s last
  • Be proud of your effort
  • Pre-race excuse building
  • Empty the tank in the way you want to
  • Be proud that you showed up! 

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Mar 21, 2023

Do you look back at your race and put an honest level of judgment on how you did? Today we look at what makes a great race for YOU. We talk about why time and placement shouldn’t be the number one factors. We look at your metrics not based on times/splits. We talk about your effort, how you figure out goals and attain them. Starting the swim without a watch. The course and the conditions and how to play them. We look at adjusting to the moment WHILE you’re racing and how the right mindset can give you a race you’re proud of instead of a complete sh*t show. 

Topics:

  • Texas Camp
  • Time isn’t everything
  • Kicking off the race calendar
  • What makes a great race?
  • Be objective - Athletes tend to forget
  • 3 Tier Projections
  • How did YOU feel you did?
  • Looking at your watch and judging
  • Regardless of the time and placement, ask yourself . . . 
  • How did you feel?
  • Courses matter, conditions matter
  • Metrics not based on time/splits
  • Adjusting to the moment
  • A, B, C Goals
  • Your best effort is relative
  • Not wearing a watch for the swim
  • Mindset can save your race in the middle of it

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Mar 16, 2023

This is a look in the mirror podcast. We talk about the concept of chasing a prize, when the prize is right in front of us.

We chose triathlon, it didn’t choose us. And it can be really hard. But the hard work is what changes our character and transforms us into who we become. We talk about why “getting out to train” is hard and why it IS part of the training. Racing is about overcoming challenge after challenge. That’s what training prepares you for. To dig deeper and find that belief in yourself. We look at how our most successful and happy athletes approach their training and life. We want it to be easy, but it’s not and there are no guarantees. The hard things change you.. .  

Topics:

  • Being hostage to a race
  • Just look it up on YouTube
  • Who we pick to win it all
  • Triathlon is tough
  • Big blocks
  • We CHOSE this 
  • It’s important to know what you signed up for 
  • We expect if changes 
  • Sauna as your reward for swimming
  • You motivate yourself
  • Sophomore slumps
  • Refuse to believe you can’t
  • Those with the highest expectations are least happy
  • Even keel for even keel
  • The weight behind expectations
  • Done with today, what’s next?
  • Don’t rob the moment
  • The most successful and happy triathletes do this . . . 
  • There is no prize
  • Giving up is easy
  • Working hard for a long time always pays dividends
  • The hard things change you
  • Rough is what you need sometimes
  • Doing it over and over
  • We want it to be easy
  • Feel unbreakable 
  • There’s no special day, it’s all part of the moment
  • Naive confidence
  • There’s no guarantees
  • If you work hard, you have a better shot
  • Small decisions add up to wins

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Mar 14, 2023

When kids play, then never seem to want to stop. How can we find that love for the game in our daily training? Today, we talk about how to approach sessions. So many athletes want to put the hammer down, but this is an art of knowing how and when. We'll look at the concept of grinding and why that tends to lead to friction that haunts us later. We look into how a lot of athletes leave their race in training. We also talk anxiety, depression and addiction. How did we get here?? And we get into our "why" and how it's really probably a simpler answer than you think. Play like a kid and find your freedom. 

Topics - 

  • March Madness
  • Tri Season is Here! 
  • Energy: Cost to value ratio
  • T Check and W Checks 
  • Burn out is similar to the overnight success
  • What's in your head that won't allow you to play?
  • Don't try to out-happy, happy
  • Anxiety, depression, Addiction
  • How did we get here?
  • Overtraining
  • We need to be good at stepping back
  • Over committing to a race calendar
  • Just be ready
  • It shows up 3 days later
  • When triathlon is your life
  • The best athlete's Strava looks boring
  • Grinding
  • Sticking around is priceless
  • Don't leave your race in the training
  • Kids at play never want to stop
  • Why are we doing this?
  • Feel good
  • Text Thead misery
  • Find your freedom

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

 

Mar 10, 2023

Are you doing the little things each day to make yourself healthier? Training is about nuance and paying attention to mini cycles that include hard work along with recovery. The talk about responding to fatigue and sickness. How to approach your training when you may not be at your best. Or… training when you feel great. We look at getting in tune with your internal governor and how moderation and nourishment can be just what the doctor ordered. We look at creating momentum from the previous day. Also, how the little habits we have can have a big impact on how we feel and train. Winning the day doesn’t mean crushing the day. How do you define satisfaction? Paying attention, be grateful, and do the things that let you say, “I got healthier today.”

Topics:

  • Get some C26 Gear! Swim Caps will be in next week
  • Training Plans for Sprint and Olympics are free
  • Nashville Rant
  • Coffee
  • Doing things for others
  • Gotta get a good lather
  • Missing a long workout during the build
  • Momentum created from your previous day
  • Look at 3 day blocks of training
  • “Winning the day” isn’t always what it seems
  • Links in a chain
  • TSS Scores worthless??
  • Your internal governor 
  • Take it when you got it
  • Moderation - Nourishment
  • Training to heal
  • Extreme society
  • How do you define satisfaction?
  • Quick, but short term success
  • Is what you’re doing sustainable?
  • Be grateful to be able to use your own body
  • Setting extremes
  • Cowboy Steve
  • Eggs- Diet - Nutrition
  • Synthetic food
  • Success equals Sustainability 
  • What’s HEALTHY for you?
  • Say this: I got healthier today
  • Creating inflammation without dissipating it

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Mar 7, 2023

We always think we have more time . . . but you don’t build confidence by doing nothing. Today we look at stoking the fire and finding our competitive nature. There’s been a trend at eliminating opportunities to compete with ourselves and others. To push our limits. But limits, like fears are an illusion. We talk about the benefits of taking risks, going for it when you got it, and the subtle ways we dig emotional holes that get tougher to dig out from. The mind has a way of talking yourself into safety, but we know the best way to live is to get out and feel. To experience. Sometimes using fear as a compass is the best way to find happiness.

Topics:

  • “Mild” Winters
  • Limiting competitive opportunities
  • The mind goes before the body
  • Are you not “motivated?”
  • Benefits of taking risks
  • Challenge that competitive edge
  • Being afraid is good - - face it
  • Stop taking the flat route every time
  • Feeling better after hard workouts
  • When you got it, you gotta go for it
  • Practice going for broke
  • Masochistic training
  • It’s time to get back into fighting shape
  • When athletes are most unhappy
  • The Subtle Holes we dig
  • We always think we have more time . . . 
  • You can’t outsmart the universe
  • We don’t build confidence by doing nothing
  • Digging deep physically and mentally
  • Meditation and the thoughts that bubble up
  • Fear as your compass

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Mar 2, 2023

Seems to be a trend of doing multiple Ironman per season, but is it a good idea? What’s the best way to go about it. 

Also, we talk nutrition for Ironman… how much to bring? What to leave behind? Is it a good idea to use other races as training races? We’ll look at the good and bad of that concept. Also, lots of indoor training? How do you best prepare for the elements? We get into Zone 2 and how to make your base training more enjoyable and filled with purpose. Bike handling, open water swimming, and power meters also come into play. 

Topics:

  • Hair Cuts and Bad Lighting
  • World Triathlon APP
  • Two Fulls Close together?
  • Training Races?
  • How long is your race by time?
  • How much fight do you have?
  • Don’t leave your race in the training
  • Ways to make Base Training more fun
  • Use the lap button
  • Embrace your Recovery
  • Goal: Keep it as slow as you can?
  • Have a PURPOSE in Z2
  • Nutrition for a Full
  • Depend on the aid station?
  • When you carry too much
  • Adding 15 lbs to an aero bike
  • Least expensive way to get power on the bike
  • Peddle power
  • Dual side?
  • Indoor training to be ready for the elements?
  • Pain caves
  • Get outside
  • Bike handling
  • Swimming in Open Water

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

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