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#560 – Stop Forcing It

Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

Release Date: 08/23/2021

#521 – Micro Goals – Running show art #521 – Micro Goals – Running

Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

How do you REALLY get faster at running in triathlon. Today, we go through all the smart, small, and important steps. As we know, Ironman is usually more about who slows down the least than who is fastest. How do you get there? Where do you start? It’s really pretty simple, but that doesn’t make it easy. Find out the rule of thumb for your long runs and why it’s so important to run in a way that leaves you wanting more. 

#520 – Micro Goals – Bike Focus show art #520 – Micro Goals – Bike Focus

Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

Being strong, fast and relaxed on the bike takes work, but today we give you some great off-season fuel to build your bike confidence and be faster in your next race. We look at calibrating your feel, working big gears and cadence and why it's good to make yourself a little uncomfortable in training. We help you build your base so you can handle the training and look into ways to be a better at handling and gearing. And finally the best ways to be strong in aero. 

#519 – Micro Goals – Swim Focus show art #519 – Micro Goals – Swim Focus

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While this one is mainly about swimming and getting faster in the water, there are a lot of things that transfer into training for bike and run. We talk about understanding how to improve in the swim, how to descend intervals by effort and engaging the full stroke. We also get into where your power zone is and how it translates to the bike and how you can create more time to breathe. Find your gears in the water. 

#518 – Uncover Your Off-Season #518 – Uncover Your Off-Season "Why"

Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

This is the pursuit of figuring yourself out. What makes you tick, how does triathlon complement and support your life. Where do you want to go from here and what does personal success look like. We talk about the little things and why they should matter. The off-season is a process that can go one of two ways. Why it’s so important to stay in the game if you want to get faster. We get into post-race-depression, why it happens, and no more putting your true self on the back burner. 

#517 – Reaching Your Next Level show art #517 – Reaching Your Next Level

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We really enjoyed this one. We start with what you should be doing after your big race, then dig deep into what keeps us motivated outside of the race. How do we really uncover joy in our daily workouts and not burn out in this sport. We talk about micro goals and how to give them meaning and power in your life. We look at why now is the time to start laying the foundation for how you can train, so you can train like you need to train. 

#516 – Ironman Chattanooga 2021 - Recap show art #516 – Ironman Chattanooga 2021 - Recap

Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

With over 50 athletes on the course, including co-host, Mike --C26 Triathlon created a slew of memories at Ironman Chattanooga. The weather was perfect, but we were once again reminded how HARD this is. We give you both an on and off the course perspective. Mike tells the story of his battle that many called “The Crushing Iron War II.” We talk about how some people keep getting better and others continue to struggle in this sport. Grow with gratitude and why it’s so important to have fun. 

#515 – How to Race Ironman Chattanooga show art #515 – How to Race Ironman Chattanooga

Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

Finally, we welcome Ironman Chattanooga to our home town. Today we take you from the anxious moments pre-swim, through tactics for getting through the very hilly run. We look at the bike course and how you should manage your day with the rollers and sneaky pinch hills. We also talk about wetsuits, swimming in a river, and how to beat anxiety. Sneaky sections of the run and how they can blow you up if you’re not careful. All you need to know about racing Ironman Chattanooga, along with some spectator tips.

#514 – The Mind Games Inside Your Race show art #514 – The Mind Games Inside Your Race

Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

The weather looks like it might be perfect for Ironman Chattanooga, but don’t let that fool you. Ironman is always hard. Today we look at race strategies, including the blurring of your Zones and how that can impact your performance. We also talk about racing free and how that can be difficult for a lot of us who haven’t raced in a long time. We go over how people dig a nutrition hole they can’t get out of. We also dig deep into the mind games you can face and how to trust your gut and race free. 

#513 – What To Do After Your Big Race show art #513 – What To Do After Your Big Race

Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

We start with a little talk about Ironman World Championships possibly moving from Kona. Also, St. George, including pro predictions. Then we move onto what to do after your Ironman or other big race. How to recover, recharge, and focus on how to get better. Never take your health for granted and do what you can today to stay in the game. Ironman Maryland. And the mystery of predicting your Ironman time, along with the different factors to consider. 

#512 – Ironman Wisconsin 2021 Recap show art #512 – Ironman Wisconsin 2021 Recap

Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

It was a long time coming, but Ironman Wisconsin was back in full force. We were once again reminded that IRONMAN IS HARD and it’s easy to take that for granted. We look at the 2 loop swim, the difficult bike course and the second loop of the run. We talk about great memories, dealing with DNFs and how to get your mental game right for these races.

More Episodes

If you know you can finish a long workout, but it will shell you for the next week, why would you do it? Today, it’s about reality checks and truly feeling happy and healthy with triathlon. It’s about fitting triathlon into your life, not the other way around. We all have so many pressures and distractions, how do we balance it all, especially with a big race on the horizon. We talk about respecting your time, closing your inner circle, and putting things that matter first. We look at the realization that we’re all flawed and sometimes we have to let go. 


  • When coaches feel like the mother of the bride
  • Humidity, dew point, and freaking out
  • Power Bars and Podiums
  • Prisoners of the moment
  • Sweat rate and water
  • This is the hottest and hardest time of the year
  • People are overwhelmed 
  • Understand triathlon’s place in your world
  • Failure to hydrate and fuel
  • Digging out from a hole
  • What to do when you start to panic
  • Respecting your time! 
  • You can’t do everything
  • Energy going to wasteful places
  • Closing your inner circle 
  • Anxious about things we can’t control
  • Hey, this seems like a good thing, let’s do it!
  • Aiming low
  • Don’t work life into your training
  • Realizing you’re flawed
  • Give someone else the power
  • Feeling good and healthy
  • Life is hard! 
  • Happy and Positive = Fast 


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