Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Good Brick

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.

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