About Me

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.

10610850_10203362778122777_1098520629935281482_nWhen 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 mtarrolly@gmail.com.

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.  beforeafter

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

This is my dog, Mattie.
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13 thoughts on “About Me

  • November 12, 2012 at 10:57 pm
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    Thanks for following my blog! I hope you find it beneficial, I look forward to following your journey and witnessing the power of motivation that is so infectious! Good luck!

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  • November 22, 2012 at 9:16 pm
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    Thanks for the follow! Wow – ironman. Deep respect. My little sprint triathlon feels hard enough – ironman is a whole new ballgame. Good luck!

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    • November 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm
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      Thanks. And trust me, my “little sprint triathlon” felt like a HUGE deal to me. I loved it so much. More than doing any of the three by themselves. I got hooked and now I’m in deep! Ha… I’m loving it. Good luck to you as well.

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  • December 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm
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    Thanks for visiting and following my blog! It’s always exciting to follow the journey to the first Ironman. Best of luck!

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    • May 29, 2013 at 10:08 pm
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      Thanks for dropping in. Hope you do enjoy following as much as I’m enjoying the journey. Keep rockin’ it yourself.

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  • September 24, 2013 at 9:26 pm
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    To: Mike Tarrolly, #Ironman #Triathlete
    From: Darin Armstrong #TeamLIVESTRONG

    ***Special #FollowFriday #Shoutout To: @MikeTarrolly #Ironman #Triathlete #Marathoner & Marketing Director @WKRN – http://crushingiron.com

    Hello Mike,
    The Above is what your #Twitter #FollowFriday #Shoutout will look like this coming Friday should you do a ‘mutual’ following with me on twitter. (As you well know in the marketing field, ‘Smart Individual Marketing/PR’)

    Just a quick message to ask if you would be interested in a ‘mutual’ following on twitter that will benefit you. (#FYI I do RT’s ‘ANYTIME’ for all #Triathletes #Cyclists #UltraRunners #Marathoners #FitnessProfessionals who follow me on Twitter and have something important they want mentioned for support…(Over 41K folks at your access…) I am currently following you now and am awaiting your follow-back…

    All the very best for the rest of 2013 & beyond Mike. Look forward to hearing from you…

    (PS. Mike, again, should you follow back, I’ll be mentioning you ‘Including Your Website’ in a ‘Stand Alone’ #FollowFriday #Shoutout this Friday!)

    Darin
    twitter.com/DarinArmstrong
    #TeamLIVESTRONG

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  • February 14, 2014 at 2:24 pm
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    Stellar work ethic inspiration. Will add Crushing Iron to the blogroll!

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    • February 14, 2014 at 7:44 pm
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      Thanks, Mike! Appreciate you dropping by and look forward to keeping up on your as well.

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  • September 28, 2014 at 12:09 am
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    Thanks for posting the IMWI video. I’d like to follow your blog, so please add me to your email notification list of when new posts are available.

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    • December 9, 2014 at 1:28 am
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      Hi Sarah… thanks for watching my Ironman Wisconsin video and commenting on my site… Sorry for the delay… I wasn’t seeing my comments for a long time.. my fault, though. Hopefully you signed up for the blog.

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  • January 22, 2017 at 4:38 am
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    Thanks for your great blog posts tagged “why do an ironman” – I’m in a training rut and it really helps to read someone else’s reflections to help me ponder my own. I’ve printed some of your words out to stick on the wall of the pain cave!

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    • January 22, 2017 at 9:55 am
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      Awesome! Thank you for this… I’d love to know which words helped inspire your pain cave. Email me at crushing iron at gmail.com and let me know how it’s going!

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