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#406 - Managing Effort - Training and Racing

Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

Release Date: 09/07/2020

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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 experience. The World Series and more. Please check out our new C26 Club Coaching program for 2021 now priced at only $349! 

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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 the bike with a fuller tank? Also, what setting A, B, and C goals for your race looks like. 

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Today we look at the ways healthy optimism can enhance your training, racing, and life. 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 best shape in 4 years. When do you push, when should you pull back? Why you should adapt workouts based on your mood. And, the simplest way to approach your workouts.

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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 hunt for ways to challenge yourself and find your true potential. Finding love in something you don’t enjoy. And, why you should balance indoor and outdoor traini

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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 topics! 

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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 you should be focused on. Finally, long swim layoffs and how to be a better and more purposeful swimmer next season.

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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.

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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.

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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 in your body, and not quit.

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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.

More Episodes

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.


  • Square Peg into a Circle Training Plan
  • Facing Fear of the bike
  • Walk/Run/Walk Programs
  • Galloway Method
  • Total Immersion Swimming plus side
  • Picturing yourself as a runner
  • Injury prone?
  • Are you getting too comfortable walking?
  • Finding belief in your running
  • Mike’s infamous “don’t walk” statement
  • Confidence vs. Comfortable
  • Turning walk/run into all run
  • Cycling intervals outside in long rides
  • Hitting power targets on rolling hills
  • Consistent effort or power?
  • Breaking rides into segment averages
  • 1, 3, 10 second power average vs. lap avg.
  • Go with the flow on the integrity of the workout
  • Calibrating your internal power meter
  • Riding through the hill
  • The ROI on downhills is rarely there
  • Managing terrain during races bike & run
  • Effort on uphills and downhills
  • Importance of Big Gear Work
  • Withstanding relentless terrain
  • When you go above threshold
  • Practicing max aerobic power for short bursts
  • Climbing hills with good rhythm
  • How and when to attack downhills
  • How long to hold back on the run
  • Coast or pedal?
  • Ironman Wisconsin hills


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