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Are you moving the right direction? This is the toughest time of a really tough year for all of us. Today, we talk about how "The Standard is The Standard" and no matter what we all have to figure out what's really important and stay on that course. Coach Robbie shows us his reaction to having Texas 70.3 cancelled and explains how he changed his mi…
 
We recorded the day before Coach Robbie was leaving for Texas 70.3, but he found out the race was canceled during his drive. The podcast is about his race prep, taper, and strategy. the guys talk about the importance race week sharpening and the ability to control your gears during the race. And, mostly, it's about being able to control your racing…
 
This year is all about controlling what we can to race and train at our best. With Ironman Arizona yanked away, we look at the emotion racing stirs and how to focus on what matters. We talk about the best ways to approach training and races. We compare cancelled races to post-Ironman blues and look at how to keep our minds in the game. We explain w…
 
Today we look at Ironman changes/new racing rules and why they could make you slower if not in the right mindset. The swim set up, transitions, spectators, and maybe most importantly — a pretty big change to run aid stations. We’ll look at several ways to make sure you are on top of your mental and physical game in the new Ironman environment. We a…
 
The rewards comes from effort. It may not be visible but it always shows up. Today, looking at what effort means, both in training and the race. We talk about race demons and how to not let them take over. Also, we break down the mindset of racing Ironman and how to turn a rough start into a great race. Ironman Florida is also covered in this podca…
 
Today we talk about the benefits of running trails, the trouble with speed work, and why Ironman is not about going fast, but "who slows down the least." We dive into understanding zones, intervals, and solving the complex combination of swim, bike, run that is triathlon. When in doubt, treat yourself with kindness. --------------- Registration is …
 
“It was too windy.” “Too hot or too cold.” “Too many people in my lane.” What do you do when facing inconvenience? Today we talk about how to turn training obstacles into racing lessons. We also look at subconscious thoughts and how they can affect our moods. We talk about race goal setting and how it can be good and bad. And finally, give some las…
 
This is a great guide for RACE RUNNING and how to train for it. We focus on Ironman, but the same holds true for 70.3, Olympics, and Sprints. For one, we want to strengthen our chassis so we don’t have to walk. And, if we don’t handle the swim and bike right, none of this really matters. It’s a pretty deep dive into accumulated fatigue, accumulated…
 
How do you respond to change? Ironman Arizona shortens the bike leg and reactions are mixed. What was Robbie's reaction as a coach? How did Mike handle the news as a rebellious-year-older man? Today the guys dive into change and how to deal with it. How to pace a shortened race. Negative head space and punches to the gut. Framing a different experi…
 
There’s a time and place for being serious, but most of us tend to train and race better when we’re relaxed and coming from a place of gratitude. Today we talk about how to race and train “free.” We look at the difference between intensity and focus, and ways to embrace the unknown. Have you ever found your happy place on the run? Can you get off t…
 
Today we look at the ways healthy optimism can enhance your training, racing, and life. It’s the little things and they are usually easy to address. Mike talks about his road back from injury and how it’s helped him re-define “feeling good” while training, which he ultimately believes will make him faster. Also, how Coach Robbie has gotten into his…
 
Endurance training offers so many opportunities but why are some are pulled toward further and others to faster? Are you training for something that is your real strength? Is it Ironman, 70.3, Olympics, sprints . . .? What we could be best at isn’t always our preference, but it's easy to think the things we enjoy most are our strengths. Today we hu…
 
Is triathlon on the decline or upswing?? Ending the comparison trap. We look into Heart Rate Variability and how it relates to fatigue. The best swim sets with limited pool time. Progressing while dealing with an injury. We also look into YOUR WHY . . . what’s it mean and why sometimes it’s better to ask WHY NOT. This one stirred up some great topi…
 
Great questions from the listeners! Today we tackle core work; how much, how often. Also, recognizing and improving your weaknesses in the correct way. We get into bike fit and why it might be even more important for your run. Finding challenges to alleviate boredom. Also, if you’ve thought about coaching we get into what it really means and things…
 
This year has thrown a lot at us! The triathlon universe has been in flux. The only thing to do is keep chipping away. Create your own race within workouts and realize that today is the only thing we control. Mike talks about his rough year and Robbie takes you back to rehab in an effort to keep our training and moods on pace. Topics: The C26 Club …
 
Comfort zones are made to leave, but do we push ourselves out so much that it restricts genuine growth? Today we look at how pulling back to let things soak in will make you a stronger, smarter, and more resilient athlete. Also, we take a deep dive into addiction and obsession from the perspective of turning them into positive fuel for growth. Topi…
 
What we do is hard, and that’s why we do it, but do you find the edges of your limits? We had a three day event in Chattanooga and were reminded why we love to test ourselves. Today, we look at ways to approach and push through the pain and discomfort. Also, why that matters in life and why it’s important to get out of your head, move things around…
 
Train with an empty cup, always looking to learn. The questions never end and athletes with a mind open to improvement find the most enjoyment. Finding that passion is what keeps you engaged and having the most fun in a sport that can be demoralizing if you let it. Don’t try to impress your coach, spouse, arch rival, or kids, impress yourself. The …
 
We're back in Chattanooga at the C26 Hub and optimistic about a lot of things. The weather, the racing, the possibilities. Today, we look at cutting through the clutter and finding the simplest ways to feel good and perform your best. Coach Robbie talks his coaching philosophy and how it's changed over nearly 20 years. Mike explores his inner monk.…
 
One more podcast from the road before being back in the studio. Today, Mike & Robbie talk about the complexities of life colliding with the complexities of triathlon. How to "create your own race" in the sense of a short term goal. Motivation to get better and not use race day as an ending. They also talk about building a 3-sport engine and what yo…
 
We spent last weekend on a C26 Outreach Tour to our athletes in Houston, Madison, and Indianapolis. Today we talk about the experience along with how when life gives you lemons . . . We doing actually use that phrase, but it's certainly been a year of making the best of what we have. We swam, biked, and ran with our athletes on location, but maybe …
 
This should be peak season for the full Ironman races we cover, but alas, there will be no pretty medals. So, now what? Today, we grab our lunch pails to stay strong and positive about what's coming down the road. We also look at the biggest mistakes runners make and break down "go easy" and Zone 2 depending on your life situations. Unhinge the int…
 
Triathlon training is not one size fits all. Today we look at the psychology and physiology behind different training methods. We talk about the value in things like walk/run or total immersion swimming, but also look at ways to move beyond them into running and swimming with more purpose. We also get into riding and running hills while understandi…
 
What are the most important parts of swimming, cycling, and running for you? Figure it out, and master those first. Today, we discuss an athlete visit to our Hub and how we broke things down into actionable steps that will help him be better without being overwhelmed. We also look into how we go about resetting our diet and nutrition when it starts…
 
The “gray area” of life (and training) is the most confusing. Do you go where you want to go, or look for someone else to tell you the right way? You should try to understand the black & white, but own the gray. How do you feel about skipping a workout? The way to learn is to push the boundaries . . . and remember that everything is connected. As a…
 
It always feels like we should be doing MORE. More attention to work, the kids, training, learning . . . but time is finite and to do all those things better, we need to be connected with ourselves. Today, we look at minimal effective dose when training, along with how life's distractions are piling layers of stress on us. We look at the best ways …
 
You don’t have to be in mid-season form right now, but now is the time to engage a process for a successful 2021 season. Hitting January in shape to train like you want to train is a massive advantage. No more looking back. Even if you're only 10% better than you normally are in January. Now is the time to use 2020, not let it use you. Topics: Evol…
 
Coach Robbie tells a story about how he got up every day for three years to walk and go through a meditation. He said he felt like it was the right thing to do but it must be more than that, right? How do we find solid and long term motivation. Mike and Robbie talk about age differences and hair cuts, plus Mike gets highly frustrated by the alarm g…
 
It’s been a wild ride, and in this 400th Crushing Iron podcast we look a toward the future with hope and talk about how we can re-enter into the race season in a smart way. We also get into what it means to power through rough spots, not only in training and racing, but this year that is 2020. Thank you for all your support along the way, we really…
 
Today we open up with the frustrations of everything going on and address how we are moving forward as athletes, coaches, and business owners. Frustration and anger hits everyone, but what do they mean at the core? How do we react and reframe challenges. It’s not as simple as “glass-half-full” but it’s definitely not a blame game either. How do we …
 
This is the perfect time to learn and understand the power of competing with yourself. Competition without pressure is a great time to build your ability to compete at your highest level. We will set expectations and often not even give ourselves a “win-credit” when we hit them. Be in the moment, do the quiet work, be consistent and accept and ackn…
 
A lot of people look at what you're doing and think it's risky, but you have to do it for your soul. It's your passion and you have to follow that direction. Today, we talk about taking risks in triathlon and life, including opening our new training center during a pandemic. We talk about the polar opinions in the world and how it's time to carve y…
 
Today, we go inside the coach/athlete relationship and show how it's much deeper than training and racing. We look at the importance of a clear mind so you can recalibrate during the day (or race) and create your own finish line. We also look at racing and how you can just see the anxiety in some people's eyes race morning. Where does it come from …
 
"I always thought, I'm just a swimmer and not a human being." That's the quote from Michael Phelps that drove this podcast. Even thought we're amateurs our identity can get tangled and out of balance with the sport. We talk about using triathlon in a way that can truly change your life . . . if you're not running away from other problems. And we lo…
 
Have you ever purposefully tried to “blow up” in a race? Maybe this is the time. Are you faster and stronger than you think? Today it’s all about understanding your body/effort vs. pace. Navigating the terrain between smart and free to understand how we get better. The mental and emotional pieces of getting to know your body. Also, the concept of c…
 
There's something really special about knowing your friends and family are waiting for you out on the course. It's a feeling of excitement and belonging that's difficult to replicate. Today, we look at ways to find similar moments in training while most races are off the board. We also challenge you to ask if you're wasting time and finding excuses…
 
Chronic pains and fighting through injury don't have to be a way of life. Today we walk through all the little things that could be a big deal regarding your triathlon health, including the single most underrated part of healthy running. We get into flexibility, the bike's impact on your run, sleeping position, counter balance exercise, and noticin…
 
The hits keep coming, the latest Chattanooga 70.3 and Full, but we keep pushing on because we see the OPPORTUNITY. Whether it's time for a change in your life, a chance to fully heal those nagging injuries, or work on your weaknesses, now is the time. We get frustrated too, but life is so much easier when you create your own finish line and see lig…
 
Struggling with motivation? You're not alone. If we were boxers this would be known as the Summer of Body Blows. Cancellations, adaptations, and heat have made it tough and today we acknowledge that while trying to talk ourselves into a positive space. Hopefully you can find some motivation, and get a better grip one how this bizarre little stretch…
 
Today we cover a lot of ground. Heat and humidity's impact on swimming. Best hill workouts. How to manage strength, speed, and PRs as you age. Switching gears from triathlon to ultra marathons. Popularity build of "alternative" races. Ironman brand going forward. Supplements. Hiking vs. Running. Core temp recalibration. Strength training. Going fro…
 
Ironman Louisville holds many special memories for us and today we look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly. We also talk about the impact of Ironman on our daily lives and how races bring out the best in total strangers. From the swim line trepidation to the electric finish line, Ironman has a contagious energy that can literally change your l…
 
Working out is essentially damaging you body so it can heal and get stronger . . . so don’t hammer so hard that you lose the nail. This is a GREAT time to find yourself and build your body for the long run. Quick fixes and hacks are popular because they don't work and we keep trying something new. Step back and be one with the process. Find the joy…
 
We just finished our June Volume Camp and learned a lot of lessons about facing challenges and leaving our comfort zones. Today, we talk about how pushing yourself into unfamiliar situations can be can help you be a better triathlete, grow in life and get closer to the person you want to become. Normalizing discomfort can be how we get better. Topi…
 
It's better to be undertrained than 1% over trained. Today, we talk about how fatigue and stress mask fitness and why it's often more important to get your mind and emotions straight. We get into the freedom of training "light" and why adding more isn't the answer. Are you chasing all the time, or trailing with poise? The baggage we carry Stress is…
 
There are so many distractions that suck the energy out of our lives. Are you focused on what’s really important? For many, this has turned into the longest “off-season” in our triathlon careers, so how do you find that race community energy more often? Changing up workouts, focusing on little things that help you escape from the grind, be a better…
 
Most of us get into this sport to change something in our lives, and that process can make things more uncomfortable. Sometimes we lean in for upper cuts instead of managing the body blows. Today, we talk about learning what we truly want and how training should help that process vs. digging a deeper hole. We also look at how Ironman is used as a m…
 
There are many racing questions out there, so we brought on Race Director, Ken Hammond (Race Director of Ohio 70.3 and Musselman) for an in-depth conversation on how he, his staff, and Ironman have been approaching a race season hampered by a pandemic. He talks about the current state of racing, registration trends for upcoming races, and what chan…
 
No racing, camps, and limited group functions can really play with our minds. It makes an "isolated sport" even trickier. Today, we talk about the power of people and the group. How racing and camps and group training can get us out of our heads, funks, or lack of belief patterns. It's up to us to keep this sport going in a positive way. If you lov…
 
Do you wonder why you blow up in certain races? Do you struggle with pacing? You make hundreds of decisions throughout a race and they all matter. Saving 10 seconds now could cost you 2 minutes, or more later. Today we discuss those decisions and race day mentality. It's all about the back half of the run, but what happens along the way will determ…
 
We start with MTV unplugged and Cubs baseball and end with some great discussion of how to be positive and embrace changes in racing no matter what they might be. We cover how racing may “look” in 2020 and how to be ready. We also explain the new C26 Community Hub in Chattanooga and why it would be a great getaway for anyone who loves this sport an…
 
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