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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.

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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.

    #733 – Going To Dark Places

    #733 – Going To Dark Places

    Run Camp is always an “awakening” of sorts and today we recall the dark places and ask, how much are we all leaving on the table?
    Everyone at our camp last weekend went out of their comfort zone. When we take these actions we usually thrive and come out learning something important about ourselves. We talk about embracing hard things, believing in yourself, and dropping the complainer mindset. We look at the power of doing hard things and surrounding yourself with other people who will help you fuel these challenges. But we also get into the unenviable toughness we gain when we’re alone with our thoughts. Figuring out ways to get something done when it seems nearly impossible. How far can you push yourself when no one is around? Look into approaching workouts from a perspective of the challenge rather than the time. 
    Topics:
    Run Camp Experience Sport that’s overcomplicated The Stage Race 10k Feet & 50+ miles Marketing the easy life The low complaining bar Embracing something hard Excuses  Attitude is contagious Surround yourself with tough people Sticking your nose where it doesn’t belong Chipping away fear The changing moods How much are we leaving on the table? Staying in the moment? Embracing a real challenge Lonely stretches Nutrition - Hydration Working through thoughts and emotions Soothing pain Underachieving Neuromuscular development Comparing hardships and grief  Unspoken understanding The body adapts   
    Coaching Inquiries
    Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com
    Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com
    www.c26triathlon.com

    • 58 min
    #732 - Listener Q&A - 11-27-23

    #732 - Listener Q&A - 11-27-23

    Solid questions from our listeners today. We get into how to handle this off season with regard to strength, durability, and what is “triathlon specific” training. We look at cross training, load balance, and how to get better at “going to the well” so you understand it and build confidence. Is it more important to work on your core, or upper, or lower body with supplementary work? Finding the best running shoe for you. And, is swimming and cycling more ultimately the simplest solution to better long course racing?
    Topics:
    The Off Season leaves more time to “think” Struggling with finding good running shoes? Biggest pet peeve in endurance sports Mixing in strength training for off season What’s most important: Core, Upper or Lower body? Run pacing Leaving your race in training Stacking logs for the fire later You can’t run more if it’s not easy Learning by mistakes Don’t be afraid to “go to the well” Training stage fright How much off season “triathlon specific” training What are you most confident about? Do things that make you fitter Wayne Gretzky and cross training  Balance your load  What is triathlon specific?? Are you having fun? Volume benchmarks for improvement The return on swimming It’s not really how fast you are  Is more cycling the easiest long course solution? Keeping durability Where do you find fun Coaching Inquiries
    Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com
    Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com
    www.c26triathlon.com

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Do The Work and Sieze the Moment (Re-Post)

    Do The Work and Sieze the Moment (Re-Post)

    (This is a re-post of cast 633)
    “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

    • 57 min
    #731 – Gratitude in Training, Racing, and Life

    #731 – Gratitude in Training, Racing, and Life

    Today is about digging deep inside as an athlete and a human all with the mission of a happy and healthy life. Many times we know the right things to do, but for some reason we don’t follow that path. We look at 6 topics of Stoicism and how they relate to triathlon. We get into positive thought patterns, humility and discretion, moderation, staying out of the future, being grateful, and avoiding complaining. We tend to look for ways to fix specific problems, but most of the time it comes back to fixing how we think and act first. It’s also hard to recognize progress along a journey of self-improvement, but if we take time for gratitude things seem to be a little easier along the way. Speaking of gratitude, we’re very grateful for you and this podcast. We wish you all a great Thanksgiving with your family and friends.
    Here are the 6 topics we discuss:
    Don’t speak ill of yourself.  Don’t boast about self improvement.  Don’t be a glutton.  Don’t be too focused on the future.  Don’t be ungrateful.  Avoid complaining for a happier life. Sub-Topics:
    An Hour A Day Will anything ever be good enough? The greatest week Our favorite Thanksgiving food The integrity of your plate Stoicism - Feeling under control 10% theory Built in Excuses Capture the moment with your eyes Social media is tricky Excessive Greed People who live in the future Future tripping  Is anything wrong right now? Living in the “what ifs”  Choose to be grateful Health is a gift  Don’t bring problems, bring solutions Stay out of extreme emotions  
    Coaching Inquiries
    Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com
    Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com
    www.c26triathlon.com

    • 1 hr 16 min
    #730 Strip Away The Excuses

    #730 Strip Away The Excuses

    Try this . . . strip away the excuses and then figure out why you don’t want to take action. Today, we look at being paralyzed in planning and waiting for the perfect moment. That perfect moment is usually right now. We don’t control the universe and thinking we do is a sure plan for failure or procrastination. We all face challenges and those obstacles never seem to go away. But they are also your guide. Do what works for you. Find a passion for filling your cup. This is an important time of the year for training, but what does that really mean? Today, we look at how to not waste your precious time.
    Topics:
    Turning the clocks back Sleep troubles Micro quitting Look for meaningful opportunities The obstacle is the way Do things that go your way Practice what you preach Stopped in our tracks Be in the moment but don’t get stuck in the moment High expectations vs. reasonable expectations Planning for perfection Finland - the happiest place in the world? Is what you’re doing setting up for success? Body composition Never judge a day by the weather Self sabotage Heading in the right direction Cutting corners Passion for filling the cup Be like a kid Pay attention to what you’re putting on your plate Don’t mess with nature - rest and restore This time is important, but not for crushing it Comparison is the thief of joy Bullet proof plan?? Sun is energy Performance pressure When work is always on the periphery  How do we disconnect  Mode: What works for you Paralyzed in planning Perfection is relative  Stripped of excuses The only thing left is action Why wait? We don’t control the universe The time is now Bad lighting in dressing room   
    Coaching Inquiries
    Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com
    Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com
    www.c26triathlon.com

    • 1 hr 2 min
    #729 – Be Proud Of Your Effort

    #729 – Be Proud Of Your Effort

    Today is about living, training, and racing to your fullest. Robbie’s grandmother passed last week and he shares some of her secrets to life and living. We get into the essence of what matters and how to cut through every day stress. We look at feeling disconnected and the power of friends, family and community. We look at how having a clear purpose is one of the best ways to reduce daily stress. We talk about soaking in the sun and knowing that you’re doing the right things without always having to understand the metrics and science. Living a bubble proof doesn’t lead to true satisfaction.
    Topics: 
    Passion for becoming a more fulfilled person Detaching from day to day stress Micro casts Robbie’s grandmother passes Hospice - special people Feeling disconnected The essence of life and mortality Knowing and feeling at peace Maxing out life Keep moving Connecting with people and community Not wanting to sit still Having a purpose We are what we expose ourselves to Take a leap and don’t look back Removing stress by having a clear purpose Unselfish commitment Cycle of grief Soak in the sun Be proud of your effort Bubble proofing life  
    Coaching Inquiries
    Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com
    Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com
    www.c26triathlon.com

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
662 Ratings

662 Ratings

jimpstart11 ,

Audio Motivation

Can’t wait for new episodes to be released! Robbie and Mike keep the conversation going. Robbie’s experience based observations are spot on, and when I’m thinking of skipping a day (for no good reason), I dial up up the archives and listing to Mike and Robbie and it gets me going. One disclaimer…if your feelings are easily hurt when someone is making an strong point that you feel is directed at you, you may want to skip ahead to the awesome closing tune.

Milt D ,

Entertaining

A good podcast. Keeps things light! This sport can be stressful. These two keep it real and do a good job at removing the stress.

taffy2001 ,

Not the positive podcast I need

I was a coached athlete for a couple years. While training for long distance, it was great. But when I switched to sprints and Olympics, he went radio silent. I hence stopped coaching but kept listening to the podcast. After several months with a new coach and speaking with a therapist, we were trying to identify the negatives in my life and minimize them. It took me awhile, but the amount of snark, sarcasm and negativity on this podcast was horribly affecting my mood and mindset. I have since found new positive focused podcasts and it has made a great difference. While the majority of this podcast is not for me, they do provide some good race previews as long as you can filter through the tone and snark.

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