Running Man Charlie Engle

March 10, 2017

Charlie Engle has a hell of a story. From a serious alcohol and cocaine addiction in his twenties, to the pinnacle of the ultra running world, his thirst for challenge is insatiable. 

Charlie has dabbled in triathlon (doing Ironman Hawaii a month after another ultra where he and several hundred other races contracted leptospirosis) and cycling (Race Across America). 

We talked for nearly an hour, covering topics like his incredible Run Across the Sahara (and how inaccessible many of those countries are today). We explored his training routines and the psychology of how he approaches a race, as well as what motivates him to largely sign up for new races rather than repeat the same race year after year. 

His 2017 race calendar includes Badwater: Cape Feare, the Bethel Hill Moonlight Boogie, Run 4 Water, Badwater 135, and a run across Rwanda to raise money for Library For All .

His big project-in-planning? Run from the lowest place on earth (The Dead Sea) to the highest (Mount Everest). Because why not? 


Check out his memoir "Running Man" and follow him on social media and at his website


Music Credits:

Intro - "Roads that Burned Our Boots" - Jazzhar

Transition 1 - "Run 320" - Double Helix

Transition 2 - "Glass Android" - Lee Rosever

Close - "Epic Song" - Boxcat Games


Do All The Races! XTERRA Pro Jaime Brede

March 3, 2017

[This show was originally aired in October of 2016]

Jaime Brede has never met a race format that she won't try. A professional on the XTERRA and mountain bike circuit, she also does adventure racing, skiing, and on-road triathlons. In her spare time, she coaches high school mountain biking and serves as a director for The Cycle Effect, an organization that introduces young women to mountain biking. Listen before your next big race or workout and let her enthusiasm inspire you!


Music Credits:
Show Open: Jazzhar "Roads that Burned Our Boots"
Transition: Lee Rosevere "Max Flashback"
Show Close: Boxcat Games "Epic Song"


Keep Moving Forward: Age Group World Champion Kirsten Sass

February 24, 2017

Kirsten Sass is fast. The West Tennessee age group triathlete turned in a time at the 2016 ITU Long Course World Championships that would have beaten the 10th-place pro. Her triathlon career had humble beginnings--a 3-hour Olympic distance race on an ill-fitting bike borrowed from her triathlete dad. 

Kirsten Sass crossed finish line at 2016 ITU Long Distance World Championship
2016 ITU Long Distance World Championships, via Facebook. Used with permission.

These days, Kirsten is a perennial favorite at that race "Memphis in May."  Her husband serves an important role in the race as well--he escorts the final finisher across the line dressed as Elvis.

Since 2009, Kirsten been a force to be reckoned with on the ITU circuit. She's been to numerous U.S. and World Championships in several distances. After an age-group win at Ironman Lousiville 2016, she's also heading to Kona for the third time later in 2017. 

Kirsten Sass crossing the finish at Ironman Louisville 2016.
Sass crossing the finish at Ironman Louisville 2016. Via Instagram. Used with permission.

With two kids and a full-time job, she's  very adept at balancing a high-performance triathlon career while keeping family first. Outside triathlon, she is also active on the bike racing circuit in West Tennessee. 

Follow Kirsten at, on Facebook or Instagram

Music Credits:
Show Open: Jazzhar "Roads that Burned Our Boots"
Transition: Lee Rosevere "Max Flashback" 
Show Close: Boxcat Games "Epic Song"


Train Your Brain for Triathlon Success with Mental Performance Coach Emily Johnson

February 17, 2017

How much can mental performance affect your PRs, Podiums and overall well-being?  Mental Performance Coach Emily Johnson shares her experience in coaching endurance athletes and the keys to training your brain to increase your performance, rather than drag it down. 

We cover topics such as: 

  • What mental challenges or issues occur at higher frequency among endurance athletes?
  • Just how much effect does mental state have on physical performance?
  • Calming techniques for racing
  • Addressing fears and worries
  • How to develop positive self-talk
  • How to establish a workout mentality
  • Establishing a purpose for the workout to make training effective
  • How visualization can help you keep a clear head in the middle of stressful situations (like a race)
  • Why does the big post-event let down occur? How can we minimize it?
  • How to not let sport become an unhealthy obsession  (See this quiz on Exercise Addition) 


For questions and coaching inquiries, you can contact Emily at



Music Credits:
Show Open: Jazzhar "Roads that Burned Our Boots"
Show Close: Boxcat Games "Epic Song" 


The 7-7-7 Project with Ultra Marathoner Joel Runyon

February 14, 2017

100K race at the bottom of the world was just another step on a long journey for Joel Runyon.  From unemployed college graduate in the middle of the Great Recession, to an athlete, entrepreneur, blogger and adventurer crushing goals on his Impossible List. 

Joel is running 7 ultramarathons on 7 continents to raise money to build 7 schools with Pencils of Promise. (The 7-7-7 Project).  Five races are completed, two remain ( The Rovaniemi 66 in Finland and Two Oceans Ultra Marathon in South Africa). 

We talked about training while traveling almost full-time, the logistics of getting to and racing in Antarctica, and how a indoor sprint triathlon was one of his first steps toward achieving even bigger "Impossible Things."

Check out his blog ,  podcast and other updates at ImpossibleHQ



Great Triathlon Gear on a Budget with William Norris

February 10, 2017

On this show, William Norris of Bike N' Tri joins us to talk about our very gear-intensive sport. How do you go fast without going broke?

We cover topics such as:

  • Gear on a budget--which is best return on investment? What kind of setups are recommended for budget, mid-range and high-end triathletes?
  • What items that may have been new and expensive five years ago are now more affordable?
  • Most overlooked piece of equipment that is critical to get right
  • The most overrated gear you can (probably) do without
  • Hottest new items / technology in the sport for 2017
  • Might be good to also ask about some bike basics - what's good for triathletes/cyclists to have done at this time of year - tune-up, etc.
  • Shop rides and runs and any other upcoming events.

Also, we chat with Anja Smith, creator of the newest swim game for triathletes "Drill Deck." It's a great way to make your workouts varied and fun while keeping technical swimming skills sharp. Check it out and use promo code "TRANSITION10" for $10 off and free US Shipping.



Cover Photo:

Intro Music Jazzhar “1000 Miles”

Bumper Music Fragile Tom "Basement-Alternate Version"

Bumper Music Lee Rosevere "Late Night Tales"

Bumper Music WFB9 "Dislocated"

Close Music by Brandon Liew “Fight”


Planning to Prevent Illness and Injuries with Dr. Kevin Sprouse

January 20, 2017

Dr. Kevin Sprouse (Podium Sports Medicine, Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling) kicks off the new year on the podcast! 


  • Planning your 2017 season
  • The latest research on the importance (or lack thereof) of a base period during the winter
  • The benefits of strength training for performance and injury prevention.
  • Periodizing your 2017 performance
  • Avoiding (and recovering from) illness and injuries. 


Also, check out our new podcast partners at Crushing Iron! Mike Tarrolly and Coach Robbie Bruce talk triathlon, coaching, and life, with new shows released every Monday and Thursday! 


Coach Siri Lindley Talks Life and Career in “Surfacing”

December 8, 2016

If you've been around triathlon for a few years, you've probably heard of Siri Lindley. The 2001 ITU World Champion and #1 ranked female triathlete-turned coach to such notables at Mirinda Carfrae, Sarah True and Mary Beth Ellis has just released her biography "Surfacing: From the Depths of Self-Doubt to Winning Big and Living Fearlessly."

She's a 2016 inductee to USA Triathlon's Hall of Fame and a 2014 inductee to the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Hall of Fame. 


We talk about her life and career, including:

  • The role athletics played to provide structure in an at-times tumultuous childhood
  • Her collegiate background in field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse
  • The humble and humorous beginnings of her triathlon career
  • The approach of her coaches and how they helped her discover her best athletic self
  • Her 2001 streak of wins and the ITU championship
  • Her transition into coaching and how her coaches shaped her approach with her athletes


Surfacing by Siri Lindley

Buy "Surfacing" from:

Show Music

Intro Music Jazzhar “1000 Miles”

Bumper Music Ars Sonor "Good Riddance"

Bumper Music Lee Rosevere "Credit Roll"

Close Music by Brandon Liew “Fight”


2016 Ironman Florida Winner Jack McAfee

December 2, 2016

Check out our chat with 2016 Ironman Florida winner Jack McAfee!

We discuss:

  • His early days in short course racing
  • The initial struggles he had with half and full distance races
  • A very unlucky day at Ironman Chattanooga 2016 --"There was one point where I had my handlebars, my helmet, a wheel all juggling in my hands and my bike was in pieces"
  • The progression of his Ironman Florida race--choppy swim, windy bike, and closing the gap on the run.
  • What a first time Ironman winner does at the finish line



Photo Credit: Nick Morales



How to Win With Winter Swimming - Iron Tribe Coach Robbie Bruce

November 18, 2016

Robbie Bruce says it simply. "The bigger the mesh bag, the slower the swimmer."  Too many triathletes over-complicate the swim with endless drills and a ton of swim training tools. 

In this episode, Robbie, talks about how to keep things simple with just a pull buoy, swim band and hand paddles (the right size...not the size of a pan pizza box like he accuses some male triathletes of using). 

We get Robbie's input on a variety of topics, including: 

  • Pacing, strategy and training for the different triathlon swim distances
  • Most important variables to control for beginning and advanced swimmers
  • Keeping open water skills sharp in the pool over the winter
  • Are flip turns worth learning?

Robbie is the Director of Iron Tribe Fitness, Kansas City , and a regular on the Crushing Iron blog and podcast . You can find him on Twitter (@Bruce_RTB) and reach him at  615-878-7159 if you're interested in coaching.