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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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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

Nov 29, 2022

What makes a successful, long-term triathlete? Today we look at some key characteristics of some of our most successful athletes. How they think about training, life, and the process. Much of that starts with the right perspective on what’s really important to you as a person. And that goes along with not getting bogged down by the little things. Looking at the big picture and how things will play out if you keep doing the work on a consistent basis. There truly are no shortcuts in triathlon. It’s a process and something we “perfect” by doing it over and over. Find your reasons why. 

Topics:

  • Don't forget to check out out 2023 Training Plans 
  • Lake life
  • Heart Rate and sleep and food
  • Gratitude list
  • THEY HAVE A GREAT PERSPECTIVE
  • Take triathlon off the top perspective 
  • The meat is in the Minutia
  • THEY ARE BIG PICTURE PEOPLE
  • In it for the process
  • Don’t expect to get better “today”
  • Rushing through doesn’t mean long-term success
  • THEY BELIEVE CONSISTENCY IS KING
  • No shortcuts/hacks
  • Over and over and over
  • Rick Mount
  • Constant immersion
  • Boundaries and limits
  • Triathlon should weave into your life seamlessly

Coaching Inquires: 

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

Nov 24, 2022

Today’s cast is inspired by Thanksgiving, of course, but also a documentary called Stutz . . . which is focused on the therapists who changed Jonah Hills’ life. Digging deep for ways that truly make us happy and grateful in life. In the film they talk about the “Life Force Pyramid” which breaks down into three parts: Body, people, and yourself. We look at different ways we try to apply these simple principles to keep moving forward and finding those sweet spots in life. We really look at how things can be simple instead of trying to “think” our way into a better place.

Happy Thanksgiving. Move, connect, reflect.

2023 Training Plans on Sale Now!

Topics:

  • The ultimate Thanksgiving meal
  • Stutz documentary
  • Relentless pursuit of Self-Happiness
  • Life Force Pyramid
  • Body
  • People
  • Yourself
  • Actionable - Feel better
  • Enhance your ability to fight in the world
  • Life is like a string of pearls
  • When it’s tough getting out of bed
  • Initiating the relationship
  • Ghosting in modern times
  • Lonely as fuck
  • We all want to be right
  • Building a yes mentality
  • Make the choice to move forward
  • There’s always one best and one worst. The rest is in the middle
  • The power of writing
  • Creating a flow state
  • Be there with your thoughts
  • It’s uncomfortable alone with your self-chatter
  • Be Thankful for how you treat yourself
  • Dusty wheel barrows 

Coaching Inquiries: 

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

 

Nov 22, 2022

Training is like pulling weeds . . . the job is never done. Our 6-year streak of two podcasts a week is over but not because we don’t love it. And that is what we discuss today, along with, how streaks are made to be broken. We look at how a goal far into the future can disrupt the happiness along the way and explore ways to truly enjoy the concept of “body maintenance.” Training is really never done and it is our aim to figure out ways to find joy in the process. From today to tomorrow, from this month to next, and year after year. Our streak came from passion, not a goal. We believe this can be translated to training. We explore the concept of being 100% “half in” and why overcommitting can be a recipe for let down.

Check out our 2023 Training Plans for Fulls and 70.3s 

Topics:

  • 1269 to break the old streak
  • Streaks are made to be broken
  • Streaks also aren’t habits
  • Showing up to do work and loving the process
  • Finding pleasure in “body maintenance”
  • What’s your definition of success?
  • Felt like shit . . . feel great.
  • Sugar benders
  • Running for 100 days
  • Finding ways to get things done
  • The longevity translation
  • You CAN be consistent
  • Streaks that come from passion
  • You are your boss
  • Marketing fear
  • Are you going to be happy along the way?
  • All your eggs in one basket
  • Knowing who you are
  • 100% Half-in
  • Vision of what you want
  • Overcommitting and ruining the ability to be happy
  • All roads should lead back to happiness
  • Our sponsor flops

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com

Nov 16, 2022

Remember how hard things seemed when you started triathlon? Don’t forget that. Today, we look at how easy it is to forget where we came from and how we lose track of the power of the journey. We both reflect on how it started, what we went through to get here, and how important it is to feel good. And, never take health for granted, because eventually it will be the most important thing in your life. We talk about training and how that should look in the process. What to take away from workouts. How important it is to train with your breath. There is a lot of power in the present because we really don’t know what the future holds. Plan, don’t hope. The best things in life take time. 

Topics:

  • 2023 Training Plans On Sale Now!
  • We forget how far we’ve come
  • Del Boca Vista Moments
  • Watching Intervention
  • Remember how hard things use to be?
  • Your Triathlon Journey 
  • C26 Branding
  • Attitude of Gratitude
  • Good things come from nothing
  • We forget what we’re capable of
  • Small Manageable successes every day
  • The hardest part is getting started
  • Expectations can make something impossible
  • Design your lifestyle
  • The power of the present
  • We don’t know what the future holds
  • Happy accidents
  • Running with your breath
  • Mapping out 2023
  • Plan, don’t hope
  • The best things take time 

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com

 

Nov 10, 2022

“Opportunity is often missed because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work” – Thomas Edison

Ever fear the regret of not living up to your potential? Today we dig into what work looks like in your training and your life. “Work” often has a negative connotation, but it is the essence of what makes us who we are, both as people and triathletes. Not only that, it is rewarding and can be fun if you have the right passion and purpose. We also look at seizing the moment to find breakthroughs in your training. Our bodies tell us long before they need to do something and it’s up to you to recognize the opportunity. The work and the challenges ARE life. To get better and find more satisfaction, we need to take calculated risks along the way. We also need to develop healthy fears so our Sophomore Slumps don’t last for several years. 

Topics:

  • It’s not about the result, it’s the hard work
  • The benefits of hard work
  • When going rogue is good
  • Taking chances
  • “I just felt like I needed this today”
  • Know thyself
  • Is there Risk? Is there more reward?
  • The body tells you long before 
  • It’s YOUR journey
  • Why do you feel like you need something?
  • Measure you’re own intent
  • Taking risks
  • No one is ever done
  • Opportunity is often missed because it shows up in overalls and looks like work
  • Winner’s work
  • Negative connotations of work
  • Healthy fear 
  • Sophomore Slumps that last for years
  • Appetite to work hard for passion and purpose
  • Community
  • “Why do you do Ironman?”

Coaching Inquires: 

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com

Nov 8, 2022

“I just need a break” is something we hear a lot as coaches, but a break from what? Today we look at your life in triathlon and things that can supplement, compliment and keep the passion alive. There is a trap of being ALL IN or ALL OUT. The road is in the middle. The middle way. Taking a break doesn’t mean nothing and we always have to do SOMETHING, so what is that something that makes you feel happy and alive? We all get trapped in ultimatums, but (and especially this time of year) you always have options. Today is about finding them and understanding how you can be a triathlete without feeling the pressure of it all the time. When we are grounded in our body and mind or decisions make more sense. Mike also tells the story about his first car. 

Topics:

  • Jonesing to workout 
  • Resistance to doing things… anything
  • When is the right time of day for your workouts?
  • Performing at your best
  • Full Time Coaching challenges
  • Being grounded and rooted in your daily process
  • Biggest questions we get this time of year
  • “I need a break” but want to stay positive
  • Parenting, work, triathlon
  • “I’m sorry for not working out, coach.”
  • Back and white thinking
  • You never want to write it ALL off 
  • Why we tend to talk about football off air
  • You have to find SOMETHING
  • What do you plan so that the same things don’t keep happening?
  • Wha did you fall short on last year?
  • Lazy and inconsistent
  • Exercise frequently
  • Find something that supplements triathlon
  • Assumption: You Like Triathlon
  • Mike’s First Car
  • Think young
  • When the goal in life is to keep feeling younger
  • You can’t be all in or all out
  • Comparing yourself to social media

Coaching Inquiries: 

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.C26Triathlon.com 

www.crushingiron.com

Nov 3, 2022

We’ve talked about your “why” a lot, but today we get into motivation and clarity on your WANT. What do you like and want from daily training and life? Change is hard and it becomes even harder when we are always reacting. Today, we look at how you can step back and see things a little more clearly. Define what makes you happy and keeps you on the the right track. How do you create an avalanche of “goodness” in your life that keeps fueling itself? Training seems much “easier” when we have a race on the calendar because the outside motivation is there. But how do we create that motivation from the inside/out? Thoughts and decisions connect and either create positive forward movement, or a backslide. Find what you want, and let that lead the way.

Topics:

  • Check Out the C26 2023 Training Plans Here 
  • Weather and dressing right for runs
  • C26 - Established in 2013
  • Setting up for success
  • Training seems “easier” when you have a race set
  • Training isn’t “optional” when you’re race is looming
  • When we “have to” do something we tend to rebel
  • It’s nice to do whatever you want to do
  • “Cultivate your want”
  • Applications for Boca Del Vista
  • Flowing Lava connections for health
  • Repeatable is good - Variety is for the weak
  • Controlling your own life
  • Meditation
  • Total transformation to feeling better
  • Use fuel, don’t let it use you
  • It’s bout being mindful, not reactionary
  • Changes are hard 
  • Thoughts and decisions connect
  • Little things add up
  • Creating positive, forward movement. 

Coaching Inquires:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com 

Nov 1, 2022

This is one of our biggest mantras and today we take a deep dive into how you can start, keep good momentum, and start next season on top of your game. Sometimes it’s as simple as making a commitment to “exercise frequently.” Learning how to “win in training” is something we all struggle with at times, but it shouldn’t be so complicated. Exercise is supposed to give you energy, not take it away. Today we look at patterns you can start now to put you in a better place to deal with the holidays and be in a better place for the new year. Your number one goal should be health, fitness and wellness. What does that take? We look at dealing with sugar and social media, along with the repercussions of being tired and hungry. Teach your body to crave doing something good for itself. 

Topics:

  • C26 Training Plans for 2023 **ON SALE NOW** https://c26triathlon.com/2023-training-plans/
  • Sometimes we need to be selfish
  • Halloween can be very serious
  • St. George deserves some serious status
  • The cities that embrace our sport
  • Follow your bliss
  • Bite off small chunks
  • Setting boundaries 
  • Dealing with sugar
  • That “feeling rushed” lifestyle
  • Getting ahead “can feel like” focusing too much on other people
  • Start off the day with a win
  • Commit to “exercising frequently”
  • Health and fitness and wellness is the #1 Goal
  • Exercise is supposed to give you energy, not take it away
  • The hardest work we do is on ourselves
  • When your body craves doing something good for itself
  • Our ease of being “influenced”
  • When your brain is no longer your own
  • Making yourself a priority
  • Repercussions of tired and hungry
  • Building human capital 
  • Endless loops of the same thing . . . 
  • Hitting the start line of a new year at our weakest
  • Learning the skill of winning in your training 

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com

Oct 27, 2022

You’re not getting younger, but do you believe your best is yet to come? We do and today that drives the topic. Mike just had a birthday and talks about what it meant and how he tends to ignore the aging process. We get into overstimulation and how that takes away from your performance in training, racing and life. We look at the concept of extremes that drive the middle, not living off your best or worst days. Self-talk is a giant issue with a lot of athletes and we explore ways to change what’s going on so that you have the belief that you ARE a swimmer, cyclist and runner. Break through what’s holding you back and find the mindset that takes you to the next level. 

Topics:

  • 70.3 World Championship - through 15:00 mark
  • Why is it after KONA?
  • Woman’s Prediction
  • Men’s Prediction
  • How will they respond to the cold?
  • 15:00 Paula Findlay 
  • Either at the top or it’s a disaster
  • When things go way right or way wrong
  • The process over outcome 
  • The Mindset of Belief
  • Gamers and Trainers 
  • Fake it till you make it
  • When life doesn’t line up with your time 
  • Overstimulation 
  • Sometimes you just gotta work hard
  • Extremes that drive the middle 
  • Don’t live off your best or worst days
  • Self talk is a giant problem with athletes
  • Invest in yourself
  • You’re not getting younger

Coaching inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com 

Oct 25, 2022

This is one of those podcasts where we talk about things we believe everyone is thinking about during their race experience. We start with conversation about Ironman California where once again it was proven that no Ironman is easy. We started talking about some things that happened on the course and it took us into the demand for volunteers which rolled into a big discussion about how Ironman is evolving. We feel like the trend is to 70.3 but is that the right direction for the sport? We realize Ironman isn’t asking our opinion, but we are continually thinking of ways to increase engagement in the sport we love. In the end we make some suggestions that we feel would help energize the volunteer base and create longer lasting relationships with Ironman and triathlon in general. 

Topics:

  • Cold and dreary days
  • Life experiences in our FB Group
  • 2023 Training Plan Information 
  • Ironman California
  • Trend toward 70.3 
  • Volunteers and free labor 
  • Building more momentum in host cities
  • Did they add too many fulls?
  • Creating demand is the FOMO for athletes 
  • Is Ironman doing enough at ground level?
  • Where is the investment?
  • Constructive criticism and negative feedback
  • What can we all do better for our athletes?
  • Ironman has zero competition (in triathlon)
  • Some suggestions on how to build a better volunteer base
  • 70.3 and Full “package deals”

Coaching Inquiries: 

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Brucke - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com 

Oct 20, 2022

Today we get into listener questions and some key areas for longevity in the sport. We start with swimming in open water and how you can train to be stronger and more confident, even when the water is rough. We look at coming back from an illness and talk about some of the techniques we have used to stay healthy, including being pro-active at the first sign and how to recognize your level of sickness. We get into consuming stress and how that builds up over time and literally makes us sick. We talk pacing your Ironman marathon and the importance of understanding pacing by effort. And we get into what are the most important things for beginners with regard to long-term success, and this also applies to coming back after taking a chunk of time off. 

Topics:

  • 2023 Training Plans Info
  • Therapy Session
  • Open water practice without open water
  • Prepping for rough water 
  • Staying calm in open water
  • Building open water confidence
  • Coming back after an illness 
  • Test runs to check your HR
  • HRV - Not training or training?
  • Aerobic work to move through illness
  • Consuming Stress
  • Be pro-active with that sick feeling
  • Feeling good off the bike 
  • Pace off your effort in an IM Marathon
  • Where to start as a beginner
  • Not biting off more than you can chew
  • Illusion of “This is a New Year” 
  • You feel fresh because you’ve taken time off
  • Dig in your heels for the long haul
  • Walk away when you’re on top

Coaching Inquiries: 

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com

 

Oct 18, 2022

How do you have fun in your training and life? Do you have enough or is there a low-level tension around at all times? This is a great time of year to detach from pressure and teach yourself how to do things in a way that let’s you be free . . . and get better. Being faster is often about letting go and enjoying the ability of your body to adapt and flow. We have to test these limits. We don’t fail, we learn. Are you doing the same things over and over and wondering why you’re not improving? We look at creating patterns, how setbacks can propel you, and how to go out and live a little. There’s nothing worse than an endless cycle of forcing yourself to do things you don’t enjoy. Find the sweet spots this off season. Make a plan you know you’re going to stick to and re-energize your soul.  

Topics:

  • 2023 Training Plan Info
  • Unbutton it and have some fun
  • The most fun she’s had in a swim . . . 
  • Detach from the pressure
  • Best way to apply December Rules 
  • The off-season doesn’t mean being lazy
  • Re-energize your soul
  • Practice Being Free
  • Just Rip It 
  • Go out and live a little
  • How to go hard when it’s time to go hard
  • Mental Tests 
  • Just one more 
  • You didn’t fail, you learned 
  • Is it the workout or something else making you tired?
  • Stay injured or make a decision to get back
  • Why are you not improving?
  • Make a plan you know you’re going to stick to
  • Ultra Training meets triathlon
  • Set backs that propel you forward 
  • 31 minutes or nothing?
  • Creating Patterns 
  • Quit forcing yourself to do things you hate
  • Overkill ——> Burnout

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com

Oct 13, 2022

You don’t have to make drastic changes. In fact, that may be why you struggle with burnout in Triathlon. Today we talk about why little steps are always the key to success and happiness. Banking on an Ironman finish to change your life is a slippery slope. Happiness in triathlons (and life) is about having a clear grasp of purpose. Training effectively is always about the right amount so you can adapt and recover. We talk about burning the wick too fast, donating time back to yourself, and letting go of perfectionism. We get into doing things you LIKE and how to scratch your own itch. Now is the time to invest in yourself and find a happy “rest of your life.” 

Topics: 

  • You don’t have to make drastic changes
  • This podcast is more like an underground rock band
  • 2023 Training Plans for your big race
  • Community is key
  • Isolation and burnout 
  • More opportunities to spend time with teammates is always #1 
  • The people in our lives . . . 
  • Unhappiness is not having a clear grasp of purpose 
  • The right amount is the amount you can adapt to and recover from
  • Better boundaries
  • The trouble with drastic change
  • Donate time back to yourself
  • Burning the wick too fast
  • Perfectionism as the enemy
  • Now is the time to invest in yourself
  • We all want Amazon orders Today! 
  • Accessibility to everything jades us 
  • Scaling . . . 
  • Scratch your own itch by doing things you LIKE
  • Lessons from the Kona Finish Line
  • It’s not always about fast and far 
  • Racing doesn’t define you
  • Proud of my slowest race 
  • A happy rest of your life 

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com 

Oct 11, 2022

Today we recap the Ironman World Championship and look at racing strategy, the coverage, and what lessons we can learn as age groupers from an unbelievable race. We look at Iden and Blummenfelt and what their real training secret likely is. We talk about the big swim pack, drafting on the bike, and what all that did to set up the run. We talk about the shift in qualification standards, the move to make things seem easier, and fast shoes. Our belief that “once you get too hot, it’s over” played out again as did “you don’t have to catch them, they’ll come back to you.” Lots of interesting topics to go over from KONA, but we also bring it back to the amateur level and ask important questions about your dreams of getting faster, including, “Are your buddies slowing you down?” 

Topics: 

  • KONA is a special place, but should the race rotate locations?
  • The 2 Day format . . . good or bad?
  • Breaking down the broadcast 
  • Advertising overload?
  • The quest to make everything possible 
  • A mother wins 
  • Easier and easier to qualify - does it lose its luster?
  • The big swim pack in the men’s race 
  • The bike and drafting 
  • Shower, dry off, 5k 
  • Penalties 
  • The swim game has changed 
  • Not as much separation 
  • Iden and Blummenfelt worked together the whole race 
  • Laidlow upset the apple cart 
  • Iden’s Hat
  • Bike fits 
  • Fast Hoes
  • Once you get too hot, it’s over
  • Iden and Blummenfelt’s REAL secret sauce 
  • You don’t have to catch them, they’ll come back to you
  • Are your buddies slowing you down?

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com 

Oct 6, 2022

The smart money is on Blummenfelt, Iden, and Ryf, but who do we think has a chance to knock them off?

We give our predictions, plus get into Kona racing strategy, including why the swim is so important, how athletes position themselves on the bike, and why it really all boils down the the run. We talk about the legend of the Island, local perspective, and respect for the land, along with why experience is so important. Some athletes are always in the news, but it’s the ones you don’t really hear about much that understand what it takes to be a World Champion. Will that matter or will Blummenfelt and Iden run away with it? Will Ryf show her dominance from start to finish? Will Patrick Lange re-emerge? Is Lionel ready? While there are favorites, this is one of the more spread out fields in a while. 

Topics:

  • 2 Day Event - Is it sustainable?
  • Local perspective on hosting World Championships
  • Spirituality of the Island
  • Kona is a Runner’s Race 
  • Drafting vs. Working with the group
  • Why pros work so hard on this swim
  • Women’s Race Picks
  • Men’s Race Picks
  • Favorites and Sleepers and why
  • Below are some of the Pros we talk about. This is NOT prediction order:

 

  • Daniela Ryf 
  • Anne Haug 
  • Sky Moench 
  • Laura Philipp 
  • Lucy Charles-Barclay 
  • Kristian Blummenfelt
  • Patrick Lange 
  • Gustav Iden
  • Lionel Sanders 
  • Braden Currie 
  • Ben Hoffman “Hoffmeister General”
  • Magnus Ditlev 
  • Matt Hanson

Coaching Inquiries: 

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com 

 

Oct 4, 2022

Are you truly willing to do what it takes to have your most success? This is one of our “look in the mirror” podcasts and a lot of interesting thoughts came forward. It’s easy to set goals, but it’s hard to do what it takes to reach them. We contend next year’s success starts right now, but it doesn’t have to be hard. Will you fall prey to resistance or will you have a genuine talk with yourself and do better with your time and energy? The most successful athletes have a longer attention span. They can focus on details and get pleasure from the process. Now is the time to train so you can train like you need to train when it matters. Are you upset with your performance or because you did everything the same and expect different results. Sometimes it’s good to get fed up with our own excuses. 

Topics:

  • Check out our new TRAINING PLANS for 2023
  • Building Your Attention Span Starts Now
  • Kona on the Table 
  • The People’s Podcast
  • Everyone at Starbucks making plans they don’t do 
  • The most successful athletes do . . . 
  • Getting the most out of your ability
  • Balancing your time investments
  • Getting back to and past your peak
  • Boredom: How do you fill it?
  • Who has the longest attention span?
  • 50 things half-done 
  • Train so you can train like you need to train
  • Knowing and understanding your weaknesses 
  • Beating Resistance 
  • Motivation FOLLOWS movement
  • The War of Art
  • Engagement 
  • HRV
  • I wasn’t sick, I wasn’t fit . . . 
  • Are you annoyed with THEM or YOURSELF?
  • Why are we really upset with our performance?
  • Get fed up with your excuses
  • Firing on all 3 cylinders 

Coaching Inquiries:

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com 

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com 

 

Sep 29, 2022

After your big race always comes the million dollar question: What can I do this off-season to be better next year? It can be a confusing time and it’s easy to think crushing things is the way to get faster. But today we look at an approach based on developing skills along with getting your mindset in a place to work on things you’re not good at OR don’t like. The off-season is a great time to give yourself time while looking at the goals after the goals. Things that used to work might not work anymore and you can find yourself in a perpetual loop where everything remains the same. Maybe it’s as simple as developing patience for your training. Building in a way that feels good and reclaims your body. Get better while feeling good and rekindle that passion. 

Topics:

  • Muncie Preview Podcast #65
  • Kona Preview Coming 
  • Turts and Scarfs and Turtlenecks 
  • Wild time of the year
  • Goals before goals
  • Professionals vs. Age Group Comparison
  • Periodization
  • Fast — Then Far?
  • Far — Then Fast?
  • Caught in the seasonal training loop
  • Partial Choice Weeks
  • Structure and Flexibility
  • Faster vs Being stronger
  • Skill development
  • Training in a way that makes off-season-sense 
  • Different courses demand different training plans
  • Working on things that you’re bad at 
  • Sacrificing future gains
  • Patience 
  • Maybe it’s a good time of year to work on what you don’t like
  • What used to work, might not work anymore
  • Things change, stress changes
  • Get in the ballpark becomes get to the ballpark early
  • Beauty Parlor Analogy . . . 

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron@gmail.com

 

Sep 27, 2022

Ironman Chattanooga was a poster child for the challenge of being prepared for race day. The fast swim lulls you to sleep, then the rain on the bike, and hot and humid sunshine just in time for the run. We talk about different things that went wrong for a lot of athletes and how it can be prevented in training. We also go into pacing and how to practice it in training long before you blow up on the race course. We look at swim safety and why most theories don’t work. Training by and understanding effort and why it’s so important when your race plan goes to sh*t. 

Topics:

  • Lessons From Chattanooga 
  • Trying to figure this sport out
  • Plan A, B, C, and Platinum
  • Bike course harder than you think
  • All Ironman’s are HARD
  • How Ironman Brand Pitches “Easy”
  • Anything is Possible . . . if you work at it
  • Swim Fast equals free transition
  • Having a Healthy Respect for what “could” go wrong
  • Ironman Swim Safety
  • Forcing a slower start
  • Taking races seriously
  • Training your swim to start fast
  • Getting your body accustomed to race pace
  • How to be appropriately prepared
  • Don’t try different pacing on race day
  • Nothing is in your control
  • Training by Effort
  • Pace -Sometimes you just gotta take it or leave it
  • Learning and extracting from proper pacing
  • What did you learn from your race??
  • Act like a professional
  • Negative split mentality
  • Kenyan Shuffle 
  • 13 minute miles

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com

Sep 22, 2022

It’s not the end of the race season, but today we answer questions from you and take a closer look at how you can truly get better this off season – along with tackle the comedown after your big race. We look at strength training and how it should compliment your goals, how to ease expectations after an injury or a funk, and how to strip training down so it is something you can look forward to. We joke about finisher shirts, discuss which bike you should be riding and when, and look at the importance of building lateral stability by either strength training or hitting the trails or mountain/gravel bikes. This is a good reminder that we have to be flexible and everything can’t always be “on.”

Topics:

  • Chattanooga 
  • Finisher Shirts 
  • Which bike to ride and when
  • Q4 strategy
  • How much are you in aero?
  • Run on all surfaces 
  • Lateral Stability
  • Creative aerobic work that keeps you engaged
  • Swim Cool Down? Worth the time?
  • Easing expectations after burn out or injury
  • Keeping yourself in a funk?
  • Stripping the training down
  • Strength training should replace intensity
  • Strength training paired with swimming
  • Body weight vs. plates and bars
  • Transitioning post race
  • Try to be a Type A- or B+ athlete
  • December Rules
  • All of this is on a continuum
  • When failure to plan is good
  • Flexible on the F*ck-around
  • Mind tricking yourself
  • Internal rebellion 

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com

 

Sep 20, 2022

Sooner or later, your top priority will be your health. Don't take it for granted.

Today starts with a question from the group on how to get out of a funk. We hear that a lot and today we get into the best ways to make make this sport something you really look forward to. We talk about the dangers of setting expectations and focusing on the “fast” part of endurance racing. We look at the “I can’t wait to…” endless cycle of getting out of the moment. We talk about what will truly get you to the start line with confidence. Choose to be present and energized for what comes today. And Just. Get. Healthy. 

Topics:

  • Check out our Ironman Chattanooga preview - Episode #515 
  • How to get out of a funk
  • Goal Setting
  • Energized and Motivated 
  • Setting Expectations
  • Why set expectations?
  • “I can’t wait to” 
  • Most athletes have no business setting time goals
  • Short term health goals
  • Just. Get. Healthy.
  • Choosing to be present
  • Choosing your own quality time
  • Fast is the “glitzy” part
  • It’s all about health and strength
  • Taking your wins
  • Confident and content going into a race
  • Turnovers - Trying to do something you’re not capable of
  • More intimidated by the work you haven’t done than the race
  • When you “can’t wait” to get to a simple workout
  • Winning is Daily
  • Don’t crush yourself for one day of training
  • Make a commitment today
  • Wisconsin Camp and Race Plan combo

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com 

 

Sep 15, 2022

What did we learn on the coaching from Ironman Wisconsin? Turns out a ton. We take a close look at the avalanche of energy and how it impacts a race. We look at why the swim is so important for the rest of your race. Especially on a course like this. We also talk about how to peak at the right time for your race. There’s nothing worse than training too hard and being burnt out way before you get there. We look how bad form on the run makes you work harder to go slower. We talk about overtraining on the run. We look at hills and the nutrition crutch. Having a plan B, C, D, and E.  In races like this, it’s not usually about how fast you go, but how little you slow down. 

Topics:

  • Del Boca Vista Dedication
  • Responsible, synergistic, thoughtful FB Group
  • IMWI was brutal, but . . . 
  • Willpower and strength
  • You only gotta do it once
  • When 12 Rounds turns into 20
  • Mentally and Emotionally fresh
  • How deep can you go?
  • There’s no easy race
  • The tension of Perfect conditions
  • Zone 1 Physically and Zone 6 Mentally
  • Burnt out too early
  • Running Easy on Hills 
  • Bike and Swim your way to great run shape
  • Losing your race in the swim
  • The avalanche of energy exposure
  • Fatigues makes cowards of us all
  • Holding form with fatigue
  • It’s about how little you slow down
  • Obsession with speed
  • Tempo and Hill work 
  • Clothing choice Mistakes
  • Was it really nutrition?
  • Having a Plan B, C, D and E
  • This sport is so great because it’s so difficult
  • Critical thinking . . . 

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com

Sep 13, 2022

It wasn’t as much of a race as it was a battle of attrition. Today, we break down Ironman Wisconsin from the beginning of the swim through the brutal bike and the dark and lonely run. The emotions on this day were all over the map and we share stories from on the course and the spectator perspective. Roughly 1500 started and 1020 finished. No one expected that weather at Ironman Wisconsin, but it turned out to be one for the ages. 

Topics:

  • Perfect Saturday, brutal Sunday
  • The morning and swim line up
  • Mental preparation and finding a reason
  • The anatomy of the water 
  • The crowds in the rain
  • Staying warm 
  • Transitions take on a new meaning
  • Going to dark places and losing hope
  • The “new” stick on the bike
  • Wet and bumpy roads, cold riding, high winds
  • Getting through the loops
  • Volunteer toughness 
  • Nowhere to find speed
  • Why that bike course was so Demoralizing
  • The bumps and the breaks
  • Twilight Zone feels 
  • The Last 10 Miles of the bike 
  • The Last 2 Miles of the bike 
  • T2 and temptation
  • Coming out on the run
  • How do you run a marathon after that bike?
  • Aid stations and volunteers 
  • The low spectator vibe 
  • Camp Randall run
  • The dark run path and chilling wind
  • The late struggles 
  • The finish line

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com

 

Sep 8, 2022

How do you react when something doesn’t go your way? Today, Coach Robbie shares a very personal story about his sobriety and we tie it into things that can shake us up in a race. We can train well, taper perfectly, but something unexpected always seems to pop up on race day? How will you handle it? How can you get your mind straight, re-focus and turn it into a positive. We’re out there on our own and we need to find a way. 

Topics:

  • No weigh in 
  • It can ll go perfect, but on race day . . . 
  • Picking up the right Drink
  • Is there vodka? 
  • A point in the race where something kicks you in the gut.
  • How do you flip the script?
  • Don’t hold onto bad things
  • Digging deep to find a way
  • A moment is a moment
  • What the why behind the why it happened?
  • Practicing resiliency 
  • Laugh it off 

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.C26Triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com

 

Sep 6, 2022

We’re both racing this week at Wisconsin and we talk about what’s going on in our heads. We take a deeper dive into taper and look at what it should be feeling like. We talk about how to know if you’re peaking, how to keep the pop, and what not to be focusing on. Less than a week from Wisconsin 70.3 and Full… but this translates to everyone who has a race coming up this Fall. Handle your Race Week smart.

 

Topics:

 

  • Mike’s fading blog
  • Softballiing Your Race
  • Taper Adjustments
  • Taper workouts feeling like a chore
  • Hay’s in the Barn?
  • Signs of Peaking
  • Feeling Recovered
  • In-session performances
  • Comparing workouts effort/HR/Watts
  • Can’t let your body forget 
  • Pulling back
  • Taper workouts that feel like shit
  • Intensity on race week
  • Priming the workout
  • Staying game sharp
  • What do you need to feel like today?
  • Keeping the pop

Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com

Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com

www.c26Triathlon.com

www.crushingiron.com

 

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