Mike Tarrolly Bio
I played sports in college and things like softball afterwords, but had never been able to run. In the Spring of 2012 I started a Couch to 5K program at Nashville Running Company. A year and a half later I finished Ironman Wisconsin and now have IM Louisville, IM Chattanooga, and a second Wisconsin under my belt. Crushing Iron has documented that journey with nearly 1,000 posts all directly related to becoming a better athlete and person.
We’ve recently started a podcast, and I would love it if you checked it out and let us know what you think. You can find the Crushing Iron podcast here.
When I started running, I was unhappy with the path of my life, including my career. I thought it was likely related to my lifestyle, so I went on a mission to change my attitude. Slowly but surely that attitude did change and I realized my job simply wasn’t the right fit for me. One month before Ironman Louisville I resigned from 14 years in the corporate lifestyle to pursue my passions.
Crushing Iron started as a way to journal my training experiences for Ironman and has morphed into a road map for “crushing life.” I’ve gone through a lot of physical and mental changes and all of the stories are here: Good, bad, and ugly.
You’ll find far more than workouts and technical training jargon. I believe anyone who is on a path to be a healthier person can identify with, the often times, intensely personal experiences. I take training and life seriously, but will not hesitate to make fun of myself or the obsession and bizarrity that can emerge from endurance racing.
It should also be noted that I love making race videos like the one below and I’m available for hire at reasonable rates. I know it really helps me decide if I want to do a race if I can see the great vibe. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I grew up in Wisconsin and my favorite source for journalism is the Onion. I love to explore higher and lower levels of human consciousness. My family tree is steeped in alcoholism, and while it has created some issues, it has uncorked a passionately creative and introspective approach to life. I can be sarcastic and a dreamer, but I am very dedicated to becoming a better athlete and person.
I have been posting random thoughts and observations nearly every day since I signed up to race Ironman Wisconsin 2013. I’ve made a lot of mistakes and said a lot of dumb things, but I’m not hiding or running away, I am learning.
Like many Ironmen, I did a few runs, then a sprint triathlon, followed by an Olympic (in which I nearly drown). Now I’ve finished four 1/2’s and three Full Ironman.
I have recorded this entire journey at CrushingIron.com and it has helped me understand training, work through mental fatigue, and find a new world of great people. I have experienced deep changes and am slowly eliminating the limits from my life.
When not training I love playing drums. writing, shooting stills and video, editing, and floating in my above ground pool. I should also note that I am a huge Wisconsin Badger fan.
I hope you enjoy the blog.
Follow me on Twitter @miketarrolly