Today, we open the podcast to listener questions from our Facebook Group (search Crushing Iron Group). They range from bike periodization, to maintaining fitness without a race scheduled, to benefits of training for time vs. mileage, handling missed time due to illness, short course vs. long course training, pilates, how each discipline helps the others, 70.3 nutrition and marathon training, strength training . . . and more. Questions are bolded below.
YA Man! Can you talk about bike workout periodization and what structures build overall strength that increase the ability to translate into faster bike splits?
For those not racing but want to keep in some reasonable shape/fitness to where they could build back toward racing in the future, what are some tips to navigate that time?
If we MUST eat solid food on the bike during an IM, what are the best options?
Can the "How to not suck at running" method work for a 11 year old girl who wants to run a half marathon?
I know y’all have discussed this before but would be great to get a good explanation of training off time versus mileage. I don’t need the explanation for myself (time all the way) but I have a hard time conveying the idea to others that think mileage is the most important.
Awesome! How do you coach an athlete who misses 3-5 consecutive days of a high-volume block due to illness? Obviously there’s a lot of individual variability here, but missing nearly 10 hours of training is mentally challenging..not to mention your body hasn’t moved in days. Just wondering how you would suggest re-introducing training within a high-volume block.
I feel like Mike is not being himself lately. Can we just work in a few YEA MANS?!? Mike has to continue to be the Mike we have grown to love - don’t change Mike!! Be yourself!
Also what will it take to get Mike Tarrolly to resume his signature <dramatic pause> yea man riff. We need a solid yea man in the pod today to resume consistency.
What’s the fastest tt bike in the world?
You touched on it a little in the last podcast about the minimal differences needed between short course and long course base training, but could you further talk about any differences in training philosophy between those doing short course vs long course tris...maybe specifically in similarities and differences in workout types.
Do we really have to do strength training?
When overcoming a shoulder injury and beginning to swim, should strength training be incorporated into the training in conjunction with swimming to build up the upper body from lack of use?
Does the time of day you do a workout matter? Is morning best?
Best way to prepare for a 70.3 in six weeks with four hours of training time a week? Mostly kidding. Best bang for your buck for improving swim speed - swim coach or just more swimming sessions? Both? Take up duathlons instead?
What’s your take on Pilates?
How does each discipline (swim, bike, run) impact and improve the other disciplines? Example; cycling to running. Or swimming to cycling. Any benefits of focusing on one discipline over the others?
IM long training day/race nutrition. Have always struggled with feeling depleted once I hit the 4-5 hour mark. Have a real hard time with all the sugar from Gels/Gatorade. Is it just a matter of training your gut?
Is it normal feel like 💩 after a very long endurance race? Or is it a sign that you: didn’t fuel right, pushed too hard, didn’t train enough, etc. I have felt completely drained after each of my marathons, and I’ve always wondered if that’s normal or if I should have done something different.
Advice for beginners! I am learning that there is a lot more than I thought that I don’t know. I am sometimes intimidated and don’t want to look “dumb” to more advanced triathletes
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