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Today was a busy day because Kate and I did our first brick workout together! We decided to brave the heat wave in Philadelphia and take on a little bike/running combo.
Kate came down to East Falls and we headed out on Kelly Drive to tackle the loop on our bikes. Kate rode on my bike and I pedaled on fiancé’s bike. If you have been reading for a while now, you might have noticed that fiancé is a tad taller than me! It was a bit of a struggle, but you got to do what you got to do!
What is a Brick Workout?
“A brick workout is when you do one workout immediately after another. For example, you could do a swim followed by a bike or a bike followed by a run. There is no special way you have to do a brick workout. However, the most effective brick workout is one that most resembles the race you will run. So more than likely you are better served doing a swim to bike or a bike to run brick workout for triathlon prep.”
Fiancé’s bike was so big for me that Kate had to hold the bike straight for me to climb on! Once I was up there, I wasn’t getting off!
We still had a blast chatting and pedaling up a storm!
This was a great test run for us for the upcoming SheRox Sprint Triathlon that we both signed up for! I am really excited for the running portion and I am feeling good about the biking, but the swimming part makes me nervous!
Oh well, I shall keep calm and swim, bike and run on!
On a side note – I biked with my camelbak today. It’s a must have with this crazy weather. Love that thing!
We did pretty awesome on our bike ride today. We did the Kelly Drive loop and then a little extra to round out about 9 miles in 45 minutes, which is pretty good!
The sprint tri is calling for 15.5 mile bike ride, which will be a great challenge! I initially thought it was 13.1 miles, so I was a little surprised when Kate told me it was 15.5! I need to get a few more bike rides in before August 1st!
I really hope I can get a proper road bike before the big tri! I love my hybrid, but a road bike would be so much faster! I have an appointment to meet someone this week about a bike I saw on Craigslist! I hope it works out!
After dominating our workout on the bike we decided to live dangerously and tackle a short run too!
We were ready for the second leg of our brick – Bring It On!
We decided to head up the road and change things up a bit and run through Laurel Hill Cemetery. The last time I went there was with fiancé almost a year ago! It was such a cool place to check out and run through.
We did about 2.5 miles in around 25 minutes. Not too shabby! After the brick I was feeling pretty strong!
Hopefully I can get in a few more brick’s this week and early next week before the big race. It’s fun and a nice change of pace from Marathon Training – its great to have something else to focus on for a few weeks before the big runs start creeping up!
It was awesome to run and bike with Kate today! She is doing great training for her first big endurance event! I am so proud of her, she is going to rock the tri with me!
What are your thoughts on brick workouts? Ever done one?