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#279 - Challenge Your Own Reality

Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

Release Date: 06/24/2019

#485 – Heat, Humidity, Dew Point -- Best Training Practices show art #485 – Heat, Humidity, Dew Point -- Best Training Practices

Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

If you don’t like hair cut stories, skip to 10 minute mark. After that it’s all about how to handle the heat, humidity and dew point. How you should train in it, when you should not train in it. We look at how pace, RPE, and recovery are effected by heat and especially Dew Point. We discuss what is too hard in heat and how best to prepare for training in heat and hot races. Can you tame your ego enough to run outside when it’s hot? We get into the purpose of bricks and good heat volume tactics. 

#484 – How To Not Suck At Swimming #7 show art #484 – How To Not Suck At Swimming #7

Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

It started with a simple question: How do swimmers get a better feel for the water? Then how and why triathletes should approach swimming. We talk about the importance of speed work, how to get the best catch and explain early vertical forearm. We also look at pull buoy addiction and the key to keeping legs high. Kicking is always a hot button and we’ll explain why it slows many triathletes down. And finally, practical approach for picking the most valuable tactics for making you a better swimmer. 

#483 – Life/Triathlon Balance . . . and Success show art #483 – Life/Triathlon Balance . . . and Success

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We start with discussion on the Iron Cowboy’s 100 straight days of Iron Distance triathlons. Then we get into creating your desired lifestyle in and around triathlon. How anything is possible when we define what fuels us. We look at balancing our days with workouts and where to cut training to find more fulfillment in the process. How do you truly reach your potential? We openly discuss the toughest and most rewarding parts of coaching and how we relate to athletes. 

#482 – Fix Your Weak Links show art #482 – Fix Your Weak Links

Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

It’s easy to do things we’re good at, but triathlon weaknesses usually set the race tone. Today we talk about how we’ve been pushing each other to work on the weak links in our game. We also explain how strengths can turn weakness because we “think we got it.” We look at training “trouble signs” and finding ways to enjoy disciples we may not like or neglect. It’s hard to race well when you have a glaring weakness…. Progress, not perfection is the name of the game in triathlon. Roll when i

#481 – The Fear of Pain show art #481 – The Fear of Pain

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Are you at peace with your training/racing efforts, or is something holding you back? Today, we get into flirting with the fringe to explore your limits. We talk about real ways to get faster in this sport and where that process starts. We talk about tempo and interval work and how to understand your effort from Z2 through 100% and why it’s so important to push yourself in the swim and bike. We explain accumulated fatigue, how it feels and why it’s working. And finally, we explore delusional contentment

#480 – Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga Recap show art #480 – Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga Recap

Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

It was a massive weekend in Chattanooga and at the C26 Hub. We had fifty people racing and hundreds stopped in to say hi. Today, we reflect on Chattanooga 70.3 with a pretty intense reminder of how tough racing can be. We critique the swim start a bit and discuss how unfortunate it was to have the first cyclist in and last cyclist out so close together. We look at racing mistakes and how to work on them. And generally get into the principle of how race day means being ready to dig deep. 

#479 – Chattanooga 70.3 Course Preview show art #479 – Chattanooga 70.3 Course Preview

Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

We live in Chattanooga and have done this race many times. This weekend, especially with the heat, it’s all about pacing and fueling. Overdoing the bike could cost you dearly on the run. We get into fueling and cooling strategy, how to know if and when you’re ready to push the bike/run. We talk about the hills, the flats, how to approach a downstream “long” swim, and critical run information that could make or break your race. Can’t wait to see you all in Chattanooga! 

#478 – There's No Such Thing As Always Going Up show art #478 – There's No Such Thing As Always Going Up

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We can’t get faster every day. There has to be an unloading. Today we look at the point of taper, the importance of taking days off, and down weeks. We talk about heat and altitude acclimation, and how training should relieve stress. Sometimes you just don’t have it and there could be a simple reason: because you’re tired. As coaches we often look at a red in training peaks and see a green because it means your body needed it. Pressure equals force. What would you do if you had a choice day tomorrow?

#477 – Listener Questions - Taper, Improving Speed, Pace vs. Effort, Zone 2, 3, and 4, Balancing Power and Pace, Beating Burnout show art #477 – Listener Questions - Taper, Improving Speed, Pace vs. Effort, Zone 2, 3, and 4, Balancing Power and Pace, Beating Burnout

Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

Today we opened up to athletes in our Crushing Iron Facebook Group. Some great questions, including: How to look at and manage taper, including diet. Power in aero vs. standing up and what to look for. Understanding Effort over Pace in swim, bike, and run. Training in Gray Zones. How to progress through a 70.3. Improving speed over the years. Balancing power, pace, and the course. And beating burnout. 

#476 – Race Strategy and Confidence show art #476 – Race Strategy and Confidence

Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

The best athletes don’t worry about bad breaks or rough weather conditions, they prepare for them. Today starts with Coach Robbie professing his new interest in Formula One Racing and how the strategy applies to the run in triathlon. We go through different ways to take anxiety out of your preparations so you can focus on problem solving. We get into several common scenarios and how you can learn to “adjust and correct” on the fly when your race isn’t going as planned.

More Episodes

Triathlon is about getting better at the sport and in life. And along with getting better comes the fun. So who would guess swimming hard in open water then climbing hills in heat on the bike or run could be fun? Satisfaction and confidence ultimately lead to fun because you know you are capable. You SEE it . . . so you BELIEVE it. Today we get into ways triathletes can break cycles and get unstuck.


  • Power of getting out of you own reality 
  • How to get unstuck
  • Pushing to be better at life
  • How do you change up a stale routine?
  • The Journey of Self-Exploration
  • Mental breakthroughs
  • Mindless Cycling 
  • Real World Fitness
  • Perfect Pat vs. Weathered Willie 
  • Predetermined decisions vs. reactions
  • When your mind suffocates you
  • Racing blind takes you out of your mind
  • Re-write the story you’re telling yourself
  • Do you believe what your coach sees?
  • Challenging beliefs about yourself
  • When bad workouts become affirmations

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