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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: April, 2024
Apr 26, 2024

This is a re-post of another of our favorite episodes/concepts.

Off a great, but tough weekend at Run Camp, we reflect on how and when to push and why it’s important to have fun in your life and training. We talk about your big race is “Just One Day” and how it’s better to be undertrained than burned out. Also, the little signs in your training will let you know you’re ready before you race. We look at burning physical and emotional matches, finding your pain threshold in each sport and when are the right times to dig deep. You’re the main character and author, it’s up to you to find more fun.

Topics:

  • Relaxation
  • The “Watts Game”
  • How we locate the ego inside of us
  • How stress impacts your life and training
  • Pushing yourself when appropriate
  • It’s your responsibility to have fun in life
  • We’re in a world of leisure
  • Escaping your life
  • Venting about training
  • Faster, stronger, and on and on and on
  • The ability (and right time) to dig deep
  • Sometimes we need to go rogue
  • Inherent feeling about what we should accomplish in life
  • Letting go of limits
  • You only have to do it once
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Undertrained
  • You’re the main character and author of your story
  • Break through the “I cant’s”
  • You should be chomping at the bit on race day
  • Burning physical and mental matches
  • Fit, fast, and fresh
  • What’s your most comfortable level of pain?
  • How long can you withstand pain?
  • High Pain/Shorter Distance or Lower Pain for longer?
  • Understanding your pain level scale
  • What’s your training temperment?

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

Apr 26, 2024

This is a re-post of one of our favorite C26 Ironman stories. 

This is an Ironman story for Everyone.

If you've ever stayed until the end of an Ironman you know the level of emotions. But have you ever been out in the dark on the last few miles with someone who isn't sure they will make the cutoff? Today, we share the story of how one of our C26 athletes persevered to finish with just over a minute left at Ironman Texas. An emotional look at how the tone of an Ironman changes after the sun goes down.

Topics:

  • Why Ironman is different
  • Running races vs. Triathlon
  • You can’t explain the Finish Line
  • What it’s like to spectate Ironman
  • What it’s like to coach at an Ironman
  • The Race Course Goes Through Its Own Transition
  • When the Sun Sets on the Course
  • When Your Friend Is Getting Close To Not Making It
  • Understanding an Athlete’s Personality as a Coach
  • When Ironman is Symbolic of Life 
  • Out Alone in the Dark 
  • Sometimes all you need is someone to come by and help
  • Understanding the 17 Hour Cut Off
  • When You Deserve More Than You May Believe
  • When it’s time to talk tough
  • When we retreat inside vs. bring people in
  • When others remind us who we really are 

 

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YouTube: Crushing Iron
Twitter: CrushingIron
Instagram: C26_Triathlon

www.crushingiron.com  

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

Apr 18, 2024

Are you ready for your hot race? Today we look at physical and mental approaches to staying cool on the race course. 

From whether or not to wear a wetsuit to freezing your bottles to pulling back a little on the bike. Once you get too hot, you can’t cool down, unless you stop or walk. We’ll look at ways to keep your core temp down as long as possible. We talk about heat acclimation, huge mistakes, and the best way to use your watts. We also look at the week leading up to the race and some best practices to prep yourself for the weekend.

Topics:

  • Rational expectations
  • The week of the race
  • The biggest mistakes you can make in a hot race
  • Plain water vs. electrolytes
  • Salt
  • Heat acclimation isn’t bullet proof
  • You don’t realize how much you sweat on the bike
  • How long can you put off being HOT?
  • There’ no turning back
  • Wetsuit or not?
  • How slow can you take the swim?
  • Try to get cold in transitions
  • Staying cool on the bike
  • How to start the run
  • Aero helmets and heat
  • Heart Rate and feel
  • Watts as a brake 
  • Keep your head cool 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Apr 16, 2024

How do you “get through” tough situations in training? Today, we look at the emotional roller coaster that is triathlon and some of the traps we all fall into, especially when chasing those elusive highs. Do you push harder when you’re struggling, or step back and let the body re-calibrate? What’s the deal with feeling awesome one day, then being ready to quit the sport the next? We look at mood adjustments, burning matches, and seeking highs. We also talk about how to train for situations in races that are usually mental and how to get through them. Are you addicted to feeling the high? 

Topics:

  • Are you taking in too much fuel?
  • Sugar 
  • Fat Burning
  • Boston Marathon
  • 17 mile run on Nuun?
  • Cake - post ride
  • Overtraining - under recovery
  • No water?
  • What is a bonk?
  • Withdrawal mode signals
  • Pouring more gas on the fire
  • The Middle Way
  • Seeking a high
  • Struggling with the mundane
  • Addicted to Feeling
  • When you know you have it
  • Biggest training mistakes start here
  • Can we dig as deep as we used to?
  • Burning a match or is the flame just hot?
  • Adjusting your mood on the fly
  • We need energy
  • Making good decisions.
  • Coaching and the 3 headed athlete 

 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Apr 11, 2024

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We answer a ton of questions today, including a rapid fire ending you won’t want to miss. We get into the challenges of riding with wind. How do you handle tail, head, and cross winds? Is aero always better? What about your grip on the bike . . . why it matters. Do you need more or less rest on your swim sets? Today, we look at WHY you’re taking rest and how much you actually need. Is it better to do long interval sets in the water or short and hard? Can you recover WHILE you’re swimming? Race wheels and wind. What’s the key to racing with different wheels? Looking at how to ride hills and keep your power/effort under control. A lot goes into that. Shifting on hills. How to keep cool in hot races. What about choosing not to wear a wetsuit? Air temp vs. water temp. Plus a whole slew of other questions answered in the rapid fire section. 

Topics:

  • Are raisins the perfect food?
  • Riding with the wind - Tail, Head, Cross
  • Is aero always faster?
  • Bleeding time on the bike
  • Overgripping the bike - Tension
  • Swimming Rest - How much and why?
  • Heart Rate in the pool
  • Fatigued in the swim
  • Re-set for swim form
  • Can you recover while swimming?
  • Long vs short sets/intervals in the pool?
  • Race wheels and wind
  • Controlling gearing and power on hills 
  • Smooth, steady and controlled pedaling 
  • Patience and execution on hills
  • When does the bike climb actually start?
  • Big ring/small ring panic 
  • Saying cool in Hot weather
  • Wetsuit or no wetsuit?
  • Air temp vs. water temp
  • 10+ Rapid fire answers 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Apr 9, 2024

The first question set off a great mini-topic for the day. What the new tactics/trends that are pros doing these days that age group athletes can emulate to get faster. The discussion is an important one and centers on arguably the best triathlon coach right now, Dan Lorrange. We also look at the importance of becoming a better bike handler and how it can save your legs. Plus, swimming better when you don't have as much time to swim as you'd like. A little bit on GI issues. And favorite cereal talk.

Topics:

  • UConn cements dynasty
  • Lionel Sanders
  • Taylor Knibb 
  • You can get better with age
  • Pro trend that Age groupers are picking up
  • Dan Lorang 
  • Stop getting so distracted
  • Staying the course
  • Different people, same plans 
  • It's about work, not want
  • "This is kinda boring"
  • Clearer mind in training
  • Attached to devices
  • The answer is always ... do the work
  • Trying to feel better about what we haven't done
  • Bike handling
  • Saving time with bike skills
  • Practicing corner lines
  • Swim tatics when you can't swim a lot
  • Fartlick swimming?
  • Getting lazy with technique
  • Pay attention to form
  • Gut issues
  • Favorite cereals 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Apr 4, 2024

This title is an homage to one of our favorite YouTube channels, you can find it here: Seek Discomfort  

The Seek Discomfort crew is always looking for things that intimidate them. Experiences that lead to growth.

And we should do the same within our comfort zone, especially when it comes to conditions. The more you get out into “imperfect” weather, the more you will be at ease when your race day isn’t 70 and partly cloudy. Today, we go through some of our experiences and perspectives on how to build all the pieces in the puzzle. To be mentally strong to pair with your physical fitness. 

Racing IS discomfort and the more you expose yourself to it, the more confident you’ll be no matter the conditions. 

Do it now, because on race day, you don’t have a choice. 

Topics:

  • Wind and cold
  • Tuning forks and light prisms 
  • Ben Greenfield
  • Selling Mother Nature
  • HRV
  • Feeling safe and secure and connected
  • Are we on a lifelong journey to recreate the feeling of the womb?
  • Going through new or tough experiences
  • Riding in the hail
  • Flipping the discomfort script in our heads
  • Racing IS discomfort
  • Using extra energy to persevere
  • Go into the cold so it doesn’t go into you
  • Look for sh*tty weather
  • Hills or wind??
  • Every race has its challenges
  • Being a little scared is healthy
  • In a race, you don’t have a choice
  • Are you intimidated by speed or going harder?
  • Connecting all the pieces over a long season
  • Look for ways to fill in the gaps
  • What it takes to be consistent 
  • Final Four predictions

 

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Apr 2, 2024

The most successful athletes play free and without fear. Today, we look at how you can train and race better when you realize you have nothing to lose. This isn't about taking it for granted, but channeling pressure and anxiety in the right way. It's all energy and the more we can us it in our favor, the better we'll be. We look at the 24 hour rule as it applies to racing and training, having a "walk the plank" mentality, and using your old self as a nemisis. We look at finding solutions over problems, uncovering what missed workouts really tell us, and the ability to be moodless during your race. Find the balance between grit and grace.

Topics:

  • NCAA Swim record for the 500
  • How fast would the best Ironman relay team be?
  • Trainer Tim
  • You can do anything one time
  • the 24 hour rule
  • Walking the Plank
  • Channeling anxiety
  • Afraid of your opponent (the race)?
  • Using your old self as a nemisis
  • That feeling you get when you finish
  • Happy with your body of work?
  • Allen Iverson, Kobe and Mike
  • Nothing to lose
  • Happy to be there
  • Grit coupled with Grace
  • Looking yourself in the eye
  • Finding solutions, not problems
  • What are skipped workouts telling us?
  • Mental sludge
  • The pitfalls of going by MPH
  • The ability to be moodless
  • Pre-conceived Decisions

Coaching Inquiries

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

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