So what's the deal with bricks?
No, not the Bob-the-builder, construction kind of bricks.
"Bricks" are workouts where you do two different "disciplines" back to back with minimal interruption. People training for triathlons do them a lot. Or so I'm told.
Let me back up.
The day of my first swim lesson, my coach said something along the lines of "your big-boned, broad-shouldered, wide-hipped self would do really well at a triathlon."
Actually, that's probably not exactly how she said it. Maybe it was more of "I think you've got some swimming talent- you should combine it with your running and do a triathlon." (it was a few lessons later that she told me my broad shoulders and 'wide frame' would give me an advantage in the water)
I shrugged her off and said "I don't think I'm interested in a tri, but thanks," but in my head I was cursing her. DARN IT, another thing to feel the need to overcome! Or as Barney Stinson would say,
|Well, challenge not actually accepted... yet. Still pending that open water swim.|
When I got home, I opened up the storage closet to take a look at my old, decrepit mountain bike. My little Gary Fisher that got me through so many years at college... was laying limp with two flat tires, a jacked up chain, bent derailleur, worn down brakes, and countless other maladies.
I decided it might be better to put money into a cheap(er) road bike than to put money into Gary (and then decide I wanted a road bike down the road). So I set off to the multiple (ok, 3) bike stores around me. One store totally stuck their nose in the air because I said I was a runner. One store was super nice, but only carried crazy expensive bikes (sorry, I don't have $3000 to drop on a bike right now).
The third store was the charm though. They measured me, fit me, and found me a bike that would fit both my long legs and my budget (and a youth size helmet to fit my small head). Turns out my awkwardly tall self needed a size 56 cm frame, which is an uncommon size for women or something (what? you're all not giants?). That meant they still had last year's model on discount that they just wanted to get rid of. Score!
Then I was asked if I was a swimmer, because I had "such broad shoulders." Thanks, jerks. Go ahead, just call me a dude.
(side note- I have to special order my running shoes because no store carries size "wide." I also have to wear men's trail shoes because women's shoes don't come that big)
So back to the brick...
I headed out to a paved and secluded greenway for my first ride. I wasn't completely comfortable with the brakes or the new position (I'd never ridden a road bike until my 'fitting') and I wanted to try it somewhere far, far away from cars. Success! I biked almost 9.5 miles in about 40 minutes, hardly breaking a sweat.
Then I hopped off and went for a run. If I'm not seriously sweating and out of breath, it's not a good workout afterall. I pulled out my fastest run in months- 3 miles in 26:28, or a 8:47 pace!
|Sweaty post-brick run in the car.|
I look forward to more bricks in my near future (finally! A new way to torture my body!) and who knows, maybe a triathlon. Maybe.
Is your body awkwardly sized or disproportionate? I don't even want to begin to tell you the trouble of finding a good pair of jeans...