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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

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 587 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.

    Listener Questions - Open Water Swim Focus

    Listener Questions - Open Water Swim Focus

    Today is mostly about swimming in open water, specifically how to be faster. How do you deal with the elements? Are you swimming straight, making micro adjustments too much? Sometimes you just need to have a solid stroke and swim. We also discuss the possibilities of new Camps in Wisconsin, tri bike vs. road bike adjustments, and why you shouldn’t be so literal in your training. 
    Topics: 
    Almost a full month’s worth of podcasts Your number one job is to be healthy Being Hurd vs. Being injured Z2 running made simple Why am I slower in open water? Swimming soft The wall push Bad seeding Elements, chop, wind, current, people Sighting in open water Swimming straight Wisconsin Camps in the Future? What if Ironman was run, bike, swim? Tri bike vs. road bike Fitness is fitness Don’t be so literal in training Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com
    Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com 
    www.c26triathlon.com
     

    • 49 min
    Listener Q&A 6_20_22

    Listener Q&A 6_20_22

    Great questions today from our listeners, but we start with attitude is a choice and how to gives ourselves little adjustments. Then we get into bike nutrition and how to approach aid stations. Robbie talks about challenges of training in the summer as a parent. Mike talks about his move to Wisconsin and finding new races, experiences. We also get into cycling strength and power with a hill/big gear workout discussion. And if you’re training for Ironman how you work in Olympics and Sprints along the way while keeping Volume. Finally, should you go into Ironman with a Walk/Run strategy?
    Topics:
    Air Conditioning vs. The Heat Attitude is a Choice What if I drop a Bottle of Nutrition? Ironman On Course Nutrition training? Balancing being a parent with summer training “Soft” on your left 80/20 Diet  We are way too hard on ourselves Mike reflects on the move and looks for new local experiences in Wisconsin Big Gear and Hill workouts Long rides after our Olympic and/or Sprint? Intentionally using walk/run strategy Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com
    Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com 
    www.c26triathlon.com 

    • 51 min
    Be Flexible on the F*ckaround

    Be Flexible on the F*ckaround

    All the algorithms in the world won’t help if you don’t do the work. And you must LOVE the work. When it comes to lang haul training, we need to minimize the risks, find joy and invest in your ability to be fit. What is fitness if it’s not feeling good? Many triathletes are all in or all out, but today we talk about staying baseline ready and doing things that feel right. “Brand new” usually isn’t the answer. Today, we’re here to tell you, the simple things still work. 
    Topics:
    Asking dumb questions is a good thing Triathlon is complicated, which is why you should make it simple How to simplify your training theory  Centering to find your flow Taking too many training risks Swimming for three sport fitness  It’s hot and getting hotter, but you will adapt In the chains of the pandemic In heat, up the intensity of the bike and swim, inside We don’t get extra points for being stupid The goal is to be fit What is fitness? Turbulent and volatile Baseline level of motivation and commitment  The best thing you can do is take care of yourself Invest in your ability to be fit Life is full of choices Are you repeating the same cycle? Major life challenges Stress, guilt and shame Be flexible and find your sweet spots All in or all out Be baseline ready Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com
    Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com
    www.c26triathlon.com
     

    • 54 min
    Heat Training

    Heat Training

    “Once you get too hot, it’s too late.” Today we get into the challenges and benefits of heat training. We go into when and how to train, plus explain how getting outside when it’s hot is a win. We also look at the parallels between heat training and racing. What you can learn from giving yourself time to check your system and why that is everything in racing. Dehydration, cold showers, and negative split mentality. Racing is all about connecting the links in the chain and we’ll explain how the lower paces in heat will help you do better down the road when it matters. 
    Topics: 
    Mike’s 2/3 rule  DesMoines Heat How to acclimate How and when to train It’s all about how little you slow down Fatigue resistance  Shelve Your Expectations Dew Point Impact Swimming Outside Hydration Running Loops, cooling down Checking the Box of Time Feel good about the strength Fatigue masks fitness Connecting the mind and body Extreme conditions explain your body It takes time to build a reality check Give yourself a buffer Heat Exhaustion in 5ks and 10ks Eat slowly to know if you’re full Ironman run start simulation Give your cooling system a chance to start working Heat acclimation is exposure Teaching your body to adapt Do “Intensity by Feel” and mostly inside It’s about the links in the chain Negative split mentality Perfection ends poorly Shelled and Dehydrated There’s a win waiting outside Once you get too hot, it’s too late  Mike Tarrolly - CrushingIron@gmail.com
    Robbie Bruce - C26Coach@gmail.com
    www.C26triathlon.com 

    • 56 min
    Modern Tech Meets Old School Ways

    Modern Tech Meets Old School Ways

    We catch some flack for giving Data a hard time, but the reality is, we like data, especially when it’s practical. We also love RPE and effort training. Today we look at how they can merge to make you stronger, faster, and . . . happier with your training and racing. We love open water training, but we also love the pool…. Open road… and trainer… treadmill and trails. It all combines in this beautiful mixture of satisfaction and better training. How do we mix the modern tech with old school ways?
     
    Topics: 
     
    Rocky 2 and Old School Ways Distractions When everyone’s an expert Swim Skins & Wetsuits Dress for Success Bike Weight and ceramic derailleurs  Dependency Mindset of a grinder “I’m all about the data”  Obsessed with numbers The workout still counts without your watch The Marriage of RPE and Data Consistency is the cake How much open water vs. the pool Training Peak comments that are most effective  Meeting in the middle of RPE & Data The power in being a little reckless  Is it pain or are you tired/weak? Blowing up on the bike Micro managing your training and races Race prep rides Race more and figure things out Practical feedback Do you have that extra gear? Don’t stare at your watch or bike computer Making our own decisions The importance of understanding your “all day pace” Learn about yourself and connect with other people MIKE TARROLLY - CRUSHINGIRON@GMAIL.COM
    ROBBIE BRUCE - C26COACH@GMAIL.COM

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Make Your Minutes Count

    Make Your Minutes Count

    Mike and Robbie have settled in their new locations and focus on creating routine in the middle of chaos. They get into the concepts of simplicity, rigidity and how to make the most of your current situation. They also look at subtle ways to train the mind for racing demands, letting go of responsibilities while you train, and why boring routes can be an advantage in training. Don’t be fooled by perfection, do it now. 
    Topics:
    Stress is Stress is Stress New Locations Hayden out of school for the summer Zero Control Routine building in chaos The wisdom of simplicity Pliable rigidity  Old school training Post race emotional recovery Huge mental tasks Planning for something you haven’t planned for  Do it now Summer is hard Letting go of responsibilities for a bit You don’t have to be perfect 50 minutes or an hour How many minutes do you have? Boring Ride and Run routes Fooled by perfection Expectations Do something The subtle mind builders Intentional Training Transitional periods Sometimes freedom is a crutch Mike Tarrolly: CrushingIron@gmail.com
    Robbie Bruce: C26Coach@gmail.com
     

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
587 Ratings

587 Ratings

boydnurse ,

Great podcast!

I’m new to triathlon, or I should say newer. I appreciate this information. I have so many questions regarding this sport, and listening to you guys has made things more tolerable. Keep it up guys and thank you for what you do! THESE ARE MY PEOPLE!!

FUFB6812 ,

Highly recommend

Really enjoy the down to earth perspective on life, triathlons, and everything from Mike and Robbie… don’t overthink, and don’t panic!

jassenm ,

Happy and Healthy

I like the theme of the podcast being happy and healthy. There is so much more to life than triathlon but triathlon also helps a lot of times. Mike and Robbie understand real life and provide great insights that you can think about and apply while training or racing.

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