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#257 - The Hard Truth About Triathlon Swimming

Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

Release Date: 04/08/2019

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Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

Is your happiness connected to contingency events? “If I get this, then I will be that?” The key to getting the results you want is building the little habits and not looking back with the idea that you “should have” done this or that." We are all in the process of life and training. Success doesn’t equal safety. Today, the art of creating your own reality to face triathlon with a positive and fun attitude that adds purpose to your training and ultimately leads to ongoing success.

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Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

Most of us aren't in our 20's anymore, but we tend to think like that when it comes to speed work. Today, we look at the Aerobic Base Phase of training and explain how it is the key to getting faster in triathlon. We hit on the 80/20 rule, track workouts, what happens when you skip progressions. When is going hard actually worth it?

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It’s not about who’s fastest, it’s about who slows down the least.You need energy to be motivated and self-imposed stress sucks the life out of you. Today we talk about trending vs. tracking your training, banking sleep, and remembering to play like a kid. Also, the anxiety from attachment, looking at data from the wrong perspective and why getting slower isn't really a thing. 

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Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

It's hard to always stay motivated yet easy to slip off the rails. And one of the biggest traps is comparing ourselves to others. Today, Mike talks about how this has happened to him since his father passed, but also how it's help remind him that we shouldn't take health and fitness for granted. The guys open up about intention and struggles in an effort to find the best ways to appreciate training as a process. You can never be "the old you" so embrace where you're going. 

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Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

Today’s podcast is all about how workouts link together and why life outside of training is an important factor in the decision process. Your mind and body aren’t always telling the same story, so it’s important to truly understand effort and its relationship to the big picture. When you trust the purpose of today’s workout, that sets you up for more consistency tomorrow and the week, which leads to more success in both training and racing. Managing stress is at the core of happy and healthy trainin

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Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

How do you prioritize Endurance, Strength and Speed training for different courses and races? It should be a balance, but not always in even proportions. We look at priority and periodization based on goals. Why big gears aren't just strength work. Overusing muscles. Return on your swim stroke investment. Why you get sore arms while swimming and sore legs on transition runs. Connecting endurance, strength and speed training. 

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Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

Many of us get into triathlon to figure out who we really are and that process is more effective and enjoyable if we love the sport. Today, we reflect on Kobe Bryant’s life and his passion for, not only the game, but everything he did, and tie it into our daily approach with triathlon. Kobe’s death is a painful reminder that life is fragile and triathlon is much more than just the numbers. Find your sweet spots in training and appreciating the little things to make net gains.

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Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

We get into the sport to grow and become more confident, but . . . what do we do in those weak moments? The best athletes (and people) are always learning. Today, we look at a lot of examples we experience in coaching and how we approach insecurities that pop up in training. The stress of missing workouts, injuries, worry about not being ready, judging ourselves too harshly, etc. Training should be a way to become more whole. Learn your limits and how to approach them in a positive way.

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Crushing Iron Triathlon Podcast

We are by no means experts, but today we take an open look at the never ending debate over weight loss and proper race weight. Everything is on the table including body image, guilt, shame, binge eating, and strength vs. optimum weight. Triathlon is often a road to weight loss, but changing a lifestyle comes with a lot of stress and cutting calories is a slippery slope. We talk about finding your race weight and when to be at it. So many diets, so many choices, but what works best for you?

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We start with a little podcast reflection about what this community means to us, then head into managing training amongst the chaos of life. We talk about the things like the source of anxiety, how to race "free," and why training means nothing if you don't have a handle on your life. Robbie talks about his biggest role as a coach, Mike hits on longevity and easing the fear after his father's death. 

More Episodes

We start with a recap of the in-race-cancellation at Ironman 70.3 Texas. Then we take a deep dive into the reality of swimming in open water and long course racing. Are you preparing yourself hard enough to make the swim uneventful, or is the swim always a major stress point? We'll help you get ready and keep your swim safe. 


  • Oceanside
  • Texas 70.3 Cancellation
  • South Africa
  • Additional Kona Slots
  • Early season race challenges
  • Going from trainer to outdoors
  • Treadmill to roads
  • Is Ironman really doing the right things for swim safety?
  • Pool to Open Water
  • Starky’s “Trainer”
  • Athlete’s safety on the course
  • Should there be an Ironman Swim qualification?
  • Swim Safe Initiatives
  • Ironman is supposed to be hard
  • Total Immersion Swimming
  • Open Water Swimming is a Power Sport
  • Why technique can be meaningless
  • The importance of exposure to Open Water
  • How you REALLY prepare for the swim
  • Triathlon is a grimy sport
  • Make your pool sessions hard 

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