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We dig a little deeper into St. George, and today’s focus is on the Age Group Athlete experience. We break down the bike, the wind, the heat, and the death march of a run. We also discuss the idea of going into a race that you know you won’t PR. How does that impact your mindset, how can you learn, and how will it make you a better athlete? We also…
 
We had a great time and learned a lot watching the Ironman World Championship at St. George and have a lot to talk about. Today we look at the overall conditions, body shaming, break down the pro men and women, and look at how tough of a day it was for everyone. We also look at how DNS’s effected the pro field and how this was a great teaser for a …
 
We are super pumped about Ironman World Championships in St. George. It’s fresh, it’s new for everyone, and the course will be a big challenge for pros and age groups alike. Today we look at some course strategy, the pro field including predictions, and why this will be such a cool race to watch. This course will be the ultimate test of patience fo…
 
Today we look at how a triathlete’s approach and thought patterns affect them over the long run. Almost like getting faster without trying so hard. Triathlon training is about staying within yourself and building long stretches of “good” workouts. We look at the guilt of woulda and shoulda’s and look at why we might want to feel more grateful we ev…
 
Ironman is never easy and Texas 2022 was no exception. Today we go over lessons learned and how they can be applied to any race. We look at dealing with wind, virtual training, and heat, but also get into the differences between training and exercising, how to practice patience, and overtraining. If you’re racing outside you need to train outside, …
 
This was a tough one to do as Coach Robbie says goodbye to his best buddy, Kona. The bond between a man and his dog runs deep, and today Robbie shares his heartbreak, struggles and vulnerability. Ultimately it's a story of sweet girl who stood by through the highest highs and lowest lows -- always with unconditional love. Topics: We are simply huma…
 
Today we focus on Ironman Texas strategy, but this podcast is great for anyone racing an Ironman, especially when it’s hot. We always talk about not obsessing about the weather, but when you know it might be hot, it’s smart to prepare. We look at all kinds of hot racing strategies, talk about why Texas is a sneaky challenging course, and why you wi…
 
We start by looking at our “big” training weekends and what we learned. It turns into an interesting discussion about energy expenditure during a race and when to cash in your energy chips. We look at how digging deep teaches you to be a better racer, how to measure and understand your run economy, and how most people spend money (energy) on the bi…
 
Peaking, Burning Matches, Taper, Open Water Swimming. More great questions from listeners, including how close together can an athlete burn matches on races? We look at peak training, what it means and what it should feel like going into taper. A deeper look into the theory of taper and if you need less or more. Older athlete discussion involving s…
 
Back in Chattanooga with some great questions from the listeners. Fueling for Ironman bike, Heart Rate variability in sleep, HR testing, how much and when, Bike cleat fits, riding in wind, compact chain rings, prep vs. build, how to run the IM marathon, and playing mind games with yourself. Topics: Getting deeper sleep HR Variability while asleep S…
 
Race Season is here and it’s easy to get caught up in the things you didn’t do, but we’re here to tell you, you’ve done hard work and what matters is what you do with it next. Well, that and having fun in a sport that we PAY to do. We look at “PR Mentality” and how it can hurt your training and racing. We get into comparing courses year to year. An…
 
Races can unfold as a series of flight or fight episodes, so how will you deal? Not giving too much, but not giving too little is a fine line, so it’s good to know your body, mind, and understand effort. Today, we look at how to approach a race, how training should line up, and how you can mentally approach the day for your best performance. Did yo…
 
"I am not interested in how much somebody is doing? I am very interested in how they're doing it because that's what changes the quality of who we are." - Sadhguru Topics: vacation training let it fit in your life the mirage of control how long is your ride? sitting is stress how do you react to life? prisoner of the moment lightning in a bottle ho…
 
A lot of triathletes seem to be more comfortable climbing out of holes versus climbing the actual mountain. Why do we set traps and get caught in short term excitement? Today we look at mental strategies to stay in the moment while focused on the long term. We also look at heat acclimation techniques, including why many athletes sacrifice fitness t…
 
Whether it’s a workout, race, or big life decision, following your heart is usually a good rule of thumb. Doing what makes you happy is the key to feeling free, training free, and racing free. Today, Mike and Robbie talk about their big news to pull up stakes in Chattanooga. They look back at what was a great decision, but didn’t quite check all th…
 
Anyone can come up with an excuse, but people who thrive in life figure out ways to get things done. Triathlon comes down to being a strong, durable and resilient athlete. That doesn't happen overnight or one spur of the moment 50 mile ultra. It takes the ability to be satisfied and happy with a lot of "average" days. How do we find the energy to b…
 
Sometimes athletes have higher ceilings, but potential for lower bottoms. The most successful athletes stay in the middle. Today is about staying on YOUR course and racing with the horse you trained on. Being comfortable and building confidence have massive implications for racing well. Maximize your strengths but don’t neglect your weaknesses. Top…
 
Pacing is an art and we can all get better. Today, we get into changing and acclimating to the conditions and learning more from your workouts. We talk about being paralyzed by the numbers on the fly and why it’s best to react later. Real world environments. Training inside vs. Outside. Breath and Rhythm, along with a little March Madness and Clash…
 
The truth is, you don’t want to lose your race in the training. Today we look at the correlation between over-training and under-recovering. We get into the life stress connection and how low-level problems can carry a heavy load. We look at running shoes, changing your vibration, training warning signs, how to pull back or dig in, alcohol, food, w…
 
Imagine if, like basketball in March Madness, this race might be the last triathlon of your life. How would you handle the pressure? Would you have a nothing to lose mentality filled with grace, or would you be uptight and stressed. Today, we look at the many different ways we can clear our mind, respect the moment, and take advantage of our abilit…
 
The reasons we do triathlon tends to change and it's good to explore the questions. What makes you happy and feel good? Today, we look at how our why evolves, and how a clear understanding of the process can make training and life more enjoyable. Do you want to keep doing triathlon or is it a phase? Does your “why” put too much pressure on you. How…
 
Racing should feel like “business” as usual so it's up to us to create race situations ahead of time. Today we get into the differences between training indoors and outdoors, why swimming matters for the bike, and responding to race adversity. Triathlon is about energy expenditure and so many little things go into your race, including stress, and u…
 
Training is about working harder to make the race easier. Today we look at how to work on things that matter so you can race on the offensive. We also get into turning your eye inward instead of on endless distractions. We're feeling the race season closing in. Today is a good push to help you find your groove. Topics: Race Season Closes In Dubai S…
 
Can we get our old speed back? And is that even the right way to think about faster racing? Today, we look at how to think about racing and what being fast really means in triathlon. We look at the concept of slowing down the least, how pacing plays into speed, and how sometimes going faster simply means letting go. We look at being “good sore” and…
 
Do you feel rigid or low-key anxiety about life, training, or your job? Is it hard to “go off script” and just let go? Today, we get into why the drive for perfectionism can make things worse and how getting out of your comfort zone can make you a better athlete. We get into Mike’s college frat and constant fear of getting fired along Robbie’s tabl…
 
Sometimes we have to have tough conversations with ourselves. Are we being too soft? Or do we have to dig deeper and figure out what the real problem is? Today, we look at race excitement, how we can thrive, and making the best decisions for our own satisfaction. We can’t optimize everything, so we have tough choices. Often it’s better to remove so…
 
Ohhhhh the guilt. Let’s get this shit taken care of once and for all…..Do we miss a workout, or miss fun with our family and friends? The triathlete’s dilemma. Today, we go deep into how our decisions. How they effect our training, racing, and lives. We get into the rivalries in our heads, not feeling good enough, and being hard on ourselves. You c…
 
Off a great, but tough weekend at Run Camp, we reflect on how and when to push and why it’s important to have fun in your life and training. We talk about your big race is “Just One Day” and how it’s better to be undertrained than burned out. Also, the little signs in your training will let you know you’re ready before you race. We look at burning …
 
“Flipping that switch” gets harder over time, so today we look at how you can more consistently be in your "intrinsic zone" so things feel right. We talk about ways to keep wasted time from snowballing along with finding passion and motivation outside of speed or a race time. We get better and faster by truly finding joy in the process. And by simp…
 
Holding pace and effort are probably one of the greatest skills you can master in triathlon. Today, we look at how that correlates to your bike power, run training, and swim effort. We start with FTP (Functional Threshold Power) tests, including: how you should use them, when are the best times to do them, and how to interpret results in a way that…
 
Do you have a clear understanding of your goals? How will 20 extra minutes today matter 4 months from now? Today is about the ability to enjoy your training while keeping the structural integrity. The power of the mind and doing self checks before looking at the numbers. We talk about the distractions we all face and why it’s up to us to limit them…
 
It may seem like a simple mistake, but it can snowball if you don’t stop it in its tracks. Today, we look at knowing and accepting our tendencies. We also talk about routines, mindsets, and chronic states of living. We look at the self love/punishment fence of triathletes. We talk about our “why” and what real, attainable, and lasting goals look li…
 
Be your biggest fan. Let out the problem, but find the solution. This sport is all about momentum and having today set the stage for tomorrow. Stop putting life in a box and flow with progress. Build on today and give yourself a chance. Find a groove, know your audience, and figure out how to make things work. Topics: Control what’s in front of you…
 
Back to the listeners for some more GREAT questions. We talk about appropriate soreness and fatigue, the Rules of 20, Zone Blending, and how to stay out of a hole. Also, weight gain and injuries, the best way to build a good base, driving from the hips in swimming. If that weren’t enough, we also talk strength workouts for swim, recovery weeks, and…
 
This might be the best group of questions we’ve had. Strategy for adding extra races. Racing yourself into shape. Going longer than planned workouts. Recognizing and anticipating stress. Understanding warm up and cool down. Racing a month after Ironman. Time training vs. Mileage for slower runners. The best time to schedule vacation during a race s…
 
The little decisions we make each day set the tone for our lives. Happy and Healthy are the goals and depend on which way those decisions fall. Training can always be put off, but if you think of it, do it now. Don’t be a robot in search of perfection because it’s not going to come. Embrace imperfection AS perfection. Take responsibility for yourse…
 
Ever feel the pressure of too much going on? That anxious feeling is getting out of the moment. Today, we look at how that affects training and how we THINK about training. It's easy to get caught up on race day when it's 5 months away, but today is all that matters. Do something. Let it go. And get in touch with your body and the moment. *** Time …
 
Today is a little pat on the back or kick in the ass, depending on how you look at it. It's basically about not living in problems that don't exist. It's easy to get trapped in the "what ifs" or negativity of the world, but today is about looking in the mirror and moving forward with what's best for you. It's too early in the year to throw in the t…
 
Happy New Year! Today, we look at creating a path for success. We talk about why we thrive on routine, why energy is everything, and creating momentum. We get into breaking habits, keeping change simple, and finding complimentary pieces that move you in the direction that’s right for your life. Thank you for listening and have a happy and safe new …
 
The truth is, success in triathlon is up to you. Today we talk about transitioning from a long holiday season into 2022 with a no excuses attitude. We look at prisoner of the moment syndrome, creating healthy pressure, and knowing when to push harder. Commit to saying yes and getting out the door, feel like a winner, but don't go zero to sixty. Top…
 
A great race season starts with a smart and reasonable plan. Today, we go through 5 ways to start thinking about January and how it will help you stay with your plan and peak at the right time for your big races in 2022. We get into planning and the psychology of accepting your build without judgement. How aiming low helps you reach higher levels. …
 
You want to hit the next level, but what should you put more work into, swim, bike, or run? Today we look at ways to figure out where you should invest your time to reach the most potential. It’s not always obvious and we tell you why. We look at time invested vs. improvement. How fatigue plays in. And why your race strategy could be tapping your r…
 
How do you get off the Hamster Wheel of training? Best workouts for traveling. How often should you get a bike fit? The most overlooked thing in triathlon. Training with a newborn. Building early, going hard late. Training when sick, Norwegian athletes, beating burnout, and much more! Topics: The Hamster Wheel of Training Take a New Class Workouts …
 
You drive the podcast today with questions from our Facebook Group. How do you balance aging with a PR mindset? Winter running. Total Immersion Swimming. Competitive Swimming or Running and how it translates to Triathlon. How to find joy in the treadmill. TT vs. Road bike and much more! ---------- *** Time is running out to sign up for THE C26 CLUB…
 
Getting faster, stronger, and more comfortable in the water are some of the biggest challenges for triathletes. Today, we go through a ton of ways for you to work on things now that will make you better when it counts. We talk about a method for linking together all the stroke mechanics, how to drive from the hips, and one simple change you can mak…
 
We all know the mind plays a big part in training and racing, so it’s really up to us to get the negative voices out of our heads. Today, we look at great accomplishments as we get older and how age is being re-defined. We talk about how people and news can pollute our belief system, and ways to get past our limiters. We look at why so many people …
 
We hear it all the time, “Coach, I’m not getting faster.” Tracking your improvement isn’t always easy because process can drag on, but you shouldn’t have to use a complex formula. So, today, we get into the simple ways to know you’re getting better/faster and why consistency is your biggest asset in the long-term. We talk about how guilt drives us …
 
December is the time to set up the next year. The Year of You. What kind of micro decisions can we make to stay on the right track? How do we handle days off, eating too much, and the guilt that comes with it all. Is this a time for maintenance or getting faster? We look at creating boundaries in life and training, along with feeling empowered to b…
 
Train so you can train like you need to train. Today, we look at the "toughest" training month of the year, December. We want all our athletes to do whatever it takes to stay in the game, but use December as a month to re-charge. There should be a lot in here that helps you keep the end of your training year on track and motivated to kick off 2022 …
 
For some, training is a grind, but others seem to enjoy every minute of it. What's the differentiator? Today, we look at what Coach Robbie has learned in his 8 years of sobriety, and the parallels with training, attitude, and his journey with Mike through 8 Ironman. We go deep into how the little things should make the process more enjoyable and ho…
 
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