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#329 - 7 Essentials for a Triathlete's Christmas List

Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

Release Date: 12/12/2019

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Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

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 your own path to reach your potential. This is also our first video podcast which will soon be available in the online hub at C26Triathlon.com. 

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Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

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 and how to find your pre-race calm.

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Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

"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 look at the idea that breakthroughs usually happen when things are getting the hardest. 

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Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

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 coloring outside the lines while training. This is how we learn and get faster by being free and understanding gratitude for the experience.

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Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

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. Plus, will Ironman offer better races under new ownership?

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Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

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 noticing when you compensate. All of this aimed at helping you be the best and healthiest triathlete you can be moving forward. 

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Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

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 light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully you find something in here to spin a string of negative events into positive.

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Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

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 of life can help us become better athletes and people. 

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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 from a 70.3 to a Full. 

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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 life. Today is a sad day, but we use it to move forward and appreciate what we have. 

More Episodes

What if you looked at your Christmas wish list as a way to help you be a better triathlete? Today, we break down 7 essential and affordable items that might not be the flashiest things but will definitely help you feel and perform better next year. Be a better swimmer, cyclist, runner, and racer with the Crushing Iron Essentials. Thanks for listening!


  • Sound investments for Triathletes
  • Set Yourself Up for Success
  • The Seven
  • 1. A Race Fueling Plan
    • The most underrated item for racing
    • Figure out your exact formula to fuel race day
    • Don’t wing it
    • Most of us under-fuel by massive amounts
    • Fueling to lose weight vs. performance
    • You’ll need time to train your gut
  • 2. The biggest pull buoy you’ve ever seen
    • The pull buoy is meant to assist you to swim more
    • Especially for weak upper body athletes
  • 3. A really good bike fit
    • Find a reputable fitter
    • Crank length and contact point
    • Shims in shoes, right pedals
    • Hip angle
  • 4. Outdoor run gear
    • Training inside wears at you
    • Get used to being relaxed in cold
  • 5. The 3 A’s - Accountability/Affirmation/Allies
    • Someone, or something
    • A positive supporter
  • 6. Power Meter over Smart Trainer
    • Buy function over entertainment
    • Keep it simple, work hard
  • 7. Bet on Yourself
    • Buying things is an extension of not believing yourself

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