My First (Unintentional) Brick

by - Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Last night's workout ended up being a lot of fun, even if it wasn't exactly what my training plan called for.

I had four miles scheduled and was so happy when I cruised through the first one on the treadmill with minimal hip issues, but around mile 1.5 things started to get crappy.

Instead of pushing through it, I paused the treadmill, and hopped on one of the bikes at the gym. I rode really hard trying to keep my heart pumping. I did 6 miles in about 20:15. Bikers out there, how is that for time and distance?

After getting off the bike, I walked backed to the treadmill, saw it was still paused and decided to finish my workout off with an extra 10 minutes of running.

Holy crap, now I know why it's called a brick. My legs felt like lead, but kind of in a good way....yea that's just weird.

Anyway, my whole workout looked like this: 20 minute run, 20 minute bike, 10 minute run, for a total of 3 miles run and 6 miles biked.

A solid Monday of training in the books.

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  1. yep, that's a brick allright. 6 miles in 20 mins is pretty decent. that's 18 mph. and as long as you go between 15 and 20 mph it's considered a good hard fast ride. so good job!

    running off of the bike (when i haven't done it in a while) always feels like i'm running on tree stumps instead of legs. it's so funny! but once you do it a few times it starts to feel normal. that's just your hip flexors opening up again after being compressed on the bike. it's actually a good thing for your hip problems.

  2. That is a solid day of training! I've always found that using time on a stationary bike is more relevant than distance since the resistance can vary so much. I like to do 5-10 minutes of warmup (easy), whatever is the goal of the bike workout (normally harder), then 5 minutes of cool down (again easy).

  3. running of the bike is a very interesting feeling indeed. Good workout!

  4. nice workout, chica!! keep that hip under control!!

  5. Awesome!! I really need to start doing some bike work.

  6. ooh jello legs! running after biking is tough. i think though that a 'brick' can be any two workouts back-to-back? i'm no triathlete though... nicely done!

  7. Nice! Bricks are supposed to be awesome for running muscles too, so well done on doubling it up!

  8. Awesome job on the brick! I always have the best intentions of trying it but never have.

  9. Man, when I read your headline I thought you were playing some really crummy basketball :) Thanks for the edjamacation.

  10. Anonymous7:27 AM

    I'm not much of a biker but I'd say 6 miles in 20 minutes is pretty good! Great job on the brick!