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#390 - Train So You Can Train Like You Need To Train

Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

Release Date: 07/13/2020

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Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

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 races are coming and there are no failures, only opportunities to learn.

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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. 

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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 you should be working on most with regard to your strengths and weaknesses. Also why tests don't tell the whole story.

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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 more importantly connected over meals and great conversation. 

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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 intensity and flow.

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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 understanding power, ROI, and effort in your training and racing.

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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 taking a murky turn. First episode of listener voice call-ins.

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The “gray area” of life is the most confusing. Do you go where you look for someone else to tell you the right way? How do you feel skipping a workout? The way to learn is to push the boundaries and remember that everything is connected. As always, we connect training to difficult decisions in life and today, we look at making decisions on the go. Whether it workouts, work, parenting, etc. . . Do you beat yourself up for “Wrong decisions?” It’s time to work through them with people that matter.

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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 to connect the mind and body along with using watches, power meters, and other gadgets in a way that gives you better control over them and your body.

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You don’t have to be in mid-season form, 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. 

More Episodes

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. 


  • You are not alone with struggles
  • Lack of motivation is normal right now 
  • Your number 1 goal right now should be . . . 
  • Injuries, setbacks, daily trouble shooting
  • The hardest week of a training year 
  • Everyone has a plan till they get hit in the mouth
  • The year of body shots 
  • Breaking down your objectives 
  • Vulnerability is a sign of strength
  • Open up and let it out 
  • I’m not gonna sign up until I can do this . . . 
  • The three sport “comeback dilemma” 
  • The hidden fitness we don’t lose 
  • Fitness all adds up
  • Seeing huge gains down the road 
  • The Law of 7’s 
  • Train so you can train how you need to train 
  • Is taking breaks a way to fast-forward?
  • Breaking out of your groove 
  • Challenge yourself within the consistency 
  • Triathlon depression - 
  • Healthy relationships and camaraderie with triathlon 
  • Be part of a process 
  • No one has your life - “disrespectful to yourself”


  • The C26 Online Hub is now open to the public! Click here to learn more about what's in the Hub and take advantage of our "Pay What You Want" for a limited time.

    Looking for an awesome coach this season? Former Professional triathlete, Jessica Jacobs is now coaching for C26 Triathlon. Check out her bio and contact information at our Coaching Page on C26Triathlon.com 

    If you're looking for a great custom coaching plan, please check out the new C26 Systems Plan for 2020 at the new c26triathlon.com. Coach Robbie will lay out your entire season (from 12-40 weeks) culminating at your A-Race. Take the confusion out of your entire year for only $499. The package includes team events, access to our online hub resource library, priority camp registration and more. 

    Big Shout out to podcast listener and Wordpress designer Bobby Hughes for helping get the new c26triathlon.com off the ground. If you like what you see and may need a website, check out Bobby’s work at https://hughesdesign.co/

    You can also slide by www.crushingiron.com which is now the official blog page for the podcast. Community and coaching information are at www.c26triathlon.com 

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