No, not this kind of brick…
A “brick workout” is when you do two different types of workout “events” back-to-back. Triathletes do brick workouts to prep them for the triathlon – doing swimming, then biking OR biking, then running (since the order of a tri is swim, bike, run).
Although I would consider myself to be pretty well versed in running & swimming, I’m VERY new to cycling. Like, brand spanking new. I have a road bike that I use for transportation to & from school, but it’s more like “riding” than “cycling.” In fact, I’ve only been to a single cycling class EVER!
Well, this past month I’ve been doing P90X, and mixing in bouts of swimming OR cycling OR running. Today was my first scheduled brick: swimming and biking.
Here’s what I looked like when I was done.
I did 750 meters swimming (took about 25 minutes) and 10 kilometers biking (took 20 minutes – SLOW!). Then I ran from the gym to my office building, about 1/2 a mile (took about 7 minutes – Super Slow!) That’s a problem. Now, I think I could do more with the swimming and the running, but I was DONE by the time my 10km on the bike were complete.
And when I was done, although my body felt good to get some exercise, my brain felt…stressed. When I got back from Montreal, one of the first things I did was take a look at my schedule for the week. But I looked ahead too. And it was kind of frightening. I knew this week would be a tough one in terms of work-load, but I didn’t realize that every week until the end of the semester is going to be pretty horrendous. Our semester ends the second week of May, so that means over a month of long days and nights, serious weekends at the office, and no end in sight. It’s going to be very difficult to train to get my endurance up to where it needs to be do do an Olympic length triathlon.
Well, it was sad to face the facts, but I’ve been inspired by Caitlin to respect my boundaries and my limits and to set realistic goals. If you didn’t know, she recently injured herself and had to make some tough decisions – not running for 2 half-marathons she had scheduled (and had already paid for).
Olympic Length Sprint Length
Swim 1.5k 750m
Bike 50k 20k
Run 10k 5k
The race I am going to do, the Cap Tex Tri, is May 30th.
Because I know I won’t have the time or mental stamina to deal with some heavy-duty training over the course of the next 2 months, I’ve decided it’s best to register for the Sprint Length instead of the Olympic length. It may hurt my pride a little to admit that I won’t be able to do the Olympic length, but it’s better than hurting my body by not having the time for proper training prior to the race. Plus there’s always next year!
In the meantime, I’m pretty excited to revise my workout schedule for the next 2 months. It was looking pretty rigorous – an hour+ workout everyday with only 1 rest day a week (and sometimes NO rest days). Since I’ll be doing half the distance of everything, I can way cut back on training. The major bonus is the big reduction in cycling (since I’m still getting a hang of it). I still think it will be somewhat challenging due to all the transitions and everything back-to-back, but it is a MUCH more reasonable challenge. One that I think I can build up to in just a matter of weeks, so 2 months of training should be PLENTY.
Sometimes you just have to do what’s right for you.
Have you ever had to modify a dream or goal that you had?
and, just for fun, here’s a sweetie-sleepy boy moment. Too precious not to share!