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Crushing Iron is an age grouper and his coach talking and learning about triathlon. Together they explore the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual side of training and racing everything from a Sprint to an Ironman. Great for beginners and intermediates triathletes. Released every Monday and Thursday.

Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast Crushing Iron

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    • 4.7 • 30 Ratings

Crushing Iron is an age grouper and his coach talking and learning about triathlon. Together they explore the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual side of training and racing everything from a Sprint to an Ironman. Great for beginners and intermediates triathletes. Released every Monday and Thursday.

    Don't Try Too Hard – Relaxation and Patience Win

    Don't Try Too Hard – Relaxation and Patience Win

    Today we talk about the power of relaxation in swimming, on the bike, and while running… Oh, and skiing too. Mike skied for the first time in 30 years this week and talks about what he learned and how it can be applicable to triathlon training. Tense and anxious athletes never perform their best and we look at the power of slowing down, staying with the program and trusting the progression. We look at how we can dig holes over and over without making progress. We talk about leaving something in the tank physically, but also mentally and why that can derail your best intentions. Get out of your own way and stop making everything harder than it needs to be. 
    Topics:
    Snow Days Checkbooks - wrong dates Order some C26 Gear and get a personal note  Mike’s skiing analogies for triathlon Patiences and presence  Doing it without thinking Being tired and fatigued and stopping ahead You can work through it, but . . .  Digging out of your own hole Stop seeing triathlon as a trend that stops every year Straight up - Be present Don’t TRY so hard Watch others that a good You can make up ground  Where to look when you’re riding a bike Zoning out and missing the exit Allocating mental energy Talking but not doing the work Controlled falls  Fighting and flailing the water is not as fast Skipping the progression Looking forward to what’s next You can’t skip steps Burned out The real work is not flashy The smallest returns from doing too much Quiet Quinn’s progress  The desire and obsession for NOW Leaving something in the tank, mentally You fail because . . .  Running into a brick wall over and over Getting out of your own way You are the most complex part of training Unwinding the Christmas lights  Coaching Inquiries:
    Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com
    Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com
    www.c26triathlon.com

    • 57 min
    #653 – The Listeners Drive The Train

    #653 – The Listeners Drive The Train

    More great questions! We get into the importance of training outside when you have a chance and dropping the interval ride. We look at safe goals, stretch goals, and if you should even have goals . . . especially when they associate with a race. We talk about the future and what kind of times we may see. We look at the excitement surrounding Ironman Races. We talk about velodrome training. What to do if you hate running. Swimming with a faster turnover, and/or getting stronger in the water. Is 10 push ups a goal? And last but not least, the secrets to good running economy. 
    Topics:
    Running in the cold January is almost over, get your shit in gear 2 Athlete themes “Done with Winter” “Need interaction with people” Best process for setting goals Safe Goals vs. Stretch Goals “Race Times” are sketchy goals Get up - - - Do something hard Self Care as an attainable goal 10 push up goal? The importance of less attractive goals Hayden’s favoritisms hockey teams What kind of times will we see in 25 years? Building your resume of accomplishments Recovering Total Immersion Swimmer Swimming and faster turnover Aerobic means WITH oxygen Has Ironman flipped the shark? Training outside Developing good run economy Veledrome Training Salt Water prep When to tune up for a Sprint or Oly I hate running But I like trails Lactate Testing for Age Groupers Short workouts worth it? Coaching Inquiries:
    Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com
    Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com
    www.c26triathlon.com

    • 1 hr 8 min
    #652 – Listener Q&A

    #652 – Listener Q&A

    Great questions today! We look at starting from scratch with a Sprint and moving into an Olympic. We look at first time 70.3 nutrition and gear needs. We look at marathon training along with swim and bike. Do you hit your hard rides on the trainer or outside and how to keep intent of the workouts in mind outside. We talk about sweat tests and how they help you with nutrition. Mike and Robbie discuss their differences and how they layer into a joint philosophy. We discuss the differences of coaching women vs. men. And also get into how to work weight training into your triathlon training schedule. 
    Support the podcast by getting some gear right here -->> https://c26triathlon.com/c26-store/
    Topics:
    Trail running in snow/sleet Creatures  1st Sprint, no coach? Should I get a coach early in my triathlon career? It’s harder to unlearn bad habits Marathon training with cycling cross training 5 Plus Days of Running Hard rides. Should they be inside or out? The keys to bike handling Staying true to the integrity and intent of workouts First 70.3. What’s essential gear? Go internal vs. External First 70.3. Nutrition  Sweat tests Running when coming off an injury Swimming: Catch Phase and hip drive Weight training - Recovery and running  Pairing training with heavier weights Mike and Robbie’s differences in philosophy Coaching women vs. men  Differences between people Testosterone  Coaching Inquiries:
    Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com
    Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com
    www.c26triathlon.com

    • 1 hr 4 min
    #651 – The Dog Days of Winter (The Goals: Get Outside and Feel Good)

    #651 – The Dog Days of Winter (The Goals: Get Outside and Feel Good)

    Most of us are caught in the middle of a season. Far removed from our last big race and a ways out from our next. Add the tough weather and short days and this becomes a challenging time of the year. Today we look at ways to make the winter more enjoyable and find ways to actually FEEL GOOD on your way to a great season. Don’t make everything hard. Find the sweet spot and learn to respect your energy reserves. There can be an erosion in motivation right now, but changing your mindset can help energize. Find your long term purpose. Understand where you’re at and master that place before digging too deep of a hole. Everything gets easier when the sun comes out and you’re around other people. Make good decisions and find a place that builds momentum in small increments. When in a struggle between ego and self-doubt allow yourself to be successful, it’s just a matter of when. 
    Topics:
    Never judge a day by the weather Get your ass out the door Making good training decisions on the daily Feeling great one day, like shit the next . . . what’s up?? We’re all caught in the middle of a season Find ways to embrace the darkness Turning inside to understand how you really feel High burnout rates and not being that statistic The “forced nature” of inside workouts  Grab you some sun The challenges of you alone against the world Erosion of motivation Strava-noia  Don’t try to out-happy happy  Too much intensity?? Master where you’re at now We need more nature  Just feel better  It’s just a matter of when Top off your energy reserves Allow yourself to be successful We want it ALL right now Ego vs. Self-Doubt An inch is a cinch  Our gear is like hot sauce  Coaching Inquiries:
    Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com
    Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com
    www.c26triathlon.com

    • 54 min
    #650 – The "Perfect Time" is Now (Ready. Fire. Aim.)

    #650 – The "Perfect Time" is Now (Ready. Fire. Aim.)

    Are you paralyzed by the thought of perfection? Why not fire before you aim, then adjust. Try it now. Try something New. Find Fun in the Adventure. Today, we look at ways of combatting the desire to be perfect and being trapped in old comfort zones. There’s a lot of fun to be had in life, and that should run through every fiber of your training. So many of us get caught up in today’s result rather than looking at the long term arc. Anything worthwhile in life comes over time. Progress is the goal, not perfection. Be flexible on the f&ck-around. Part of this cast was inspired by the book, "Ready. Fire. Aim."
    Topics:
    Check out Our Gear. It's a great way to support the podcast!  Where is the problem originating? Perfection can be paralyzing  Progress, not perfection Erasing the black smears  Combatting the feeling of being perfect Perfect health, but stairs make you out of breath Ready Fire Aim Racing shouldn’t hold you back Train to be healthy and create structure Aim for the micro gain It’s hard to trust anyone these days Go with your gut The “you shouldn’t try anything” message these days Mikes weigh in mistake Trapped in the old comfort zone Having fun is so underrated Having fun and using sport to do it Master where you’re at  Try to fail Flexible on the F&ck-around  Coaching Inquiries:
    Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com
    Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com
    www.c26triathlon.com
     

    • 54 min
    #649 – MOVEMENT - Energy, Form, Efficiency

    #649 – MOVEMENT - Energy, Form, Efficiency

    Today is about getting faster by using less energy, better form, and being efficient in training and racing. We look at movement in swimming, cycling, and running to help you find your best techniques — and how you hold that technique for longer periods. Now is a great time to work on movement and perfect what is best for your body and skill level. We get into how swimming with paddles can help you find that feel for the water, along with talk about how to have a better feel for your pedal stroke and run stride. The goal for racing well: Be fit, be fast, hold form. 
    Topics:
    Best way to support podcast: Get some gear Building good habits The movement phase Good energy vs. Energy sucks Your best days are not behind you Fluid and strong vs thrash The better you move, the less energy required Dedicate time to moving correctly Why practice terrible form? Running cadence in Ironman The water is moving and moves you We don’t forget how to run Be fit, be fast, hold form Swim paddles - back and forth Know why you’re using tools Paddles help you create feel for the water All I have is Zone 1 and Zone 5 Similarities of all movements in triathlon Neuromuscular connection  Be the best version of who you are  Coaching Inquiries:
    Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com
    Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com
    www.c26triathlon.com

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

aboozz ,

What a great find

As a newbie Tri, this podcast is teaching me a lot about this alien world of triathlon! Very grateful for all the pearls of wisdom from both coaches Robbie and Mike!
Looking forward to go back to old episodes and listen from Cold Rainy Wales!!!

AndySim173 ,

A rounded perspective on triathlon, training and everything else in life

One of the best sports podcasts I’ve listened to, with two genuine guys talking about triathlon and where that fits into wider life.
A great, relatable twice weekly check in.

BenG611 ,

Really good all round podcast

I’ve listened to about 20 hours of this podcast so far and I’m loving it.
The guys are non-elitist, and don’t push any specific agenda, they’re just really genuine and knowledgeable. Really enjoying it.

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