Monday, January 9, 2012

first brick ...

In case you didn't know, although I have raced triathlons before, I have never trained for them. I even wrote a note to myself about how I did the exact opposite of what I should have done. Call me lucky, but somehow, I still somehow manage to place well. And since I've never trained for a triathlon, I also haven't completed a brick (yes, I have biked and then used a run as a cool-down and run than leisurely pedaled, but no bricks).

At first, I thought my workout was going to be a piece of cake. 65 minutes on the bike followed by an eight mile run. No big deal. But then, after five days of thinking that was my scheduled workout, I looked at my plan again.

Oh, crap.

It wasn't 65 minutes on the bike. It was 110. Apparently, I can't read the word repeat.

So, I regrouped. I changed my plan of attack. Three hour and 20 minute brick is kind of like a 22 mile run - at least in time. And I run 22 miles, like ALL.THE.TIME.

Um, yeah. A three hour and 15 minute brick (my actual time) is not the same as 22 miles. When I run 22 miles, I'm usually laughing with my friends, having a great time and I feel bada**. Yes, when I finished the brick I still felt bada**, but I had my butt kicked. I couldn't even stand when Dizzle took my picture.


Lesson learned: Half Ironman training is not marathon training.

25 comments:

Run with Jess said...

Brick on my agenda this morning... but NOTHING like that! Holy smokes! Great job!

Running Ricig said...

You ARE badass. That is ridiculous!!

fancy nancy said...

Wow girl!!!! You are SO badass!!! Great job on getting it done!!

Mamarunsbarefoot said...

Oh yeah it's a whole different world! :)

5 Miles Past Empty said...

This makes me smile. Just wait until you finish 70.3 and see how bad-A you feel!! Great job!!

Karen said...

Just another brick in the wall of bad-assness. At least you know you aren't phoning it in, right?

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

Agreed! Marathon and Half Iron training are very different beasts. I felt the same way when I switched in the opposite direction to marathon training.

How did your legs feel on the run?

carrie said...

I can only imagine. But I still think you're badass!!!

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

Wow. Wow. Amazing.

MotherRunner said...

Whoa. Super badass.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

You are super bada##!!

Marlene said...

I'm looking forward to this in a sick way...

Mon Amour said...

Not sure why, but I am pretty excited about doing brick workouts!

Jill said...

Love Marlene's comment! Awesome picture. Oh the bike to run...uh...kind of makes you question how good of a runner you are. Well that's how I felt in my sprint.

I love your posts!

Way to go and you are a total bad ass! Way to go SISTER!

Geodess said...

Good grief, you rocked it... ;) complete badass !

Kortni said...

That is freaking amazing!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

wow...seriously wow. I have been biking more, but there is no way I could do that yet :) you are so going to kill this just like you did all your races last year!

Yo Momma Runs said...

Dang, that is intense. And awesome! I frequently misread my training plans. For some reason whenever I see a speed workout written out, my eyes glaze over, and I end up just making something up.

Jason said...

Congratulations to you. That is great and way to push yourself.

Now I want to offer a bit of thought from my training and that is everybody has to do their own thing but can I offer some thoughts on your Bricks? OK Thanks.

If you are riding for 2 - 3 hours then your run off the bike should be maybe 30-40 minutes at most.

I have trained for two 70.3s and never ran 8 miles after a 2,3,4 hour ride. It is usually 20 - 30 minutes afterwards. Some of them are aerobic and others are LT runs.

Schedule a long run day so that you get that in as well but running 8 miles after riding for two hours is a lot......again, that is based on my training.

Pam said...

My crotch hurts just thinking about spending that kind of time in the saddle.

Bad. Ass.

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Cannot wait to see you rock this new journey. You'll be kicking the bricks in the ass soon enough.

Zoƫ said...

You look FIERCE, TMB!!

a runners' life said...

Well done on the brick. That's a great effort!

Amanda - TooTallFritz said...

Really funny. My idea of training for triathlon's is trying to get in as much run and bike time as possible. I never brick. I honestly don't have the time for it....hubby would kill me. I made it thru one 70.3 before the last baby in 6:33, and doing my 2nd one labor day weekend this year....but there will be no bricks. I just do the best I can.

You, on the other hand, are kicking some butt and will actually enjoy your 70.3. Good job!

Aimee said...

I learned that lesson when I trained for my first half ironman too! It gets better though..I promise! Just keep doing those bricks b/c they are KEY to having a great race!!