For Saturday's workout, I decided I would do a brick workout consisting of a 5 mile bike ride and a 2 mile run. I haven't done one of these for a couple of weeks, and I knew one was needed. But I don't like them. Because they suck. Or rather, I suck at them.
I woke up at 6:45 and sat around until 7:30 before taking off. Immediately, my legs were tired and then very shortly after that I realized I wasn't wearing my bike shorts. It took me a good mile or so before my body realized I wasn't turning back and got into a groove. The rest of the bike ride was okay; at least okay as it can be without bike-short padding. My average pace was pretty slow, but I just can't concentrate on that right now. Halfway through my ride I realized I forgot my water bottle, and I was getting thirsty; and I knew that this would mess with my transition, because I would have to get water before taking off on my run.
I tried messing with the gears a bit, now that I know where they are. (I know. My husband shook his head at me too when he realized that I didn't know what those silver levers were) I had a tip on the TriGirl forum that said you should change the gears to a lighter level about 1/2 a mile before you ride and this makes for a better transition for the run. So when I was about 1/2 a mile from the house I changed gears. It still felt a little stiff, but it was easier. Then I played around a little more and found that the left lever needed to be pushed forward to get it to where the tip said it should be.
I got home and as quickly as I could, I put my bike down, ran in and got water, got my music, and I took off for my run. I still felt heavy, but it wasn't quite like before. It didn't feel impossible. I just kept going, even though I felt like I was barely moving. When I checked the Garmin, though, I had a 14 minute pace. I guess it's like slowing down in your car, like when you've been driving at 75 mph and you slow down to 60 and feel like you're crawling.
I thought about cutting across that half street and shortening the run, but I didn't. And I'm glad. The total distance isn't as far as I had planned. The bike ride was only 4.5 miles and the run was 1.75. But it was close enough, and other than the negative thoughts of missing bike shorts, I wasn't fighting many demons.
I was talking with my sister, and she asked why they call these workout bricks. I really had no idea. So I looked it up. The answer I saw and most agreed with is because you feel like you've been hit by bricks. But I guess the real answer is because you are stacking workouts on top on one another. And you can even take that explanation further and say you are building a strong foundation layer by layer.
I still really am not loving the bike, and the thought of adding the swimming terrifies me. But I was happy to have a good brick workout. It gives me hope.