Thursday, March 25, 2010

Brick!

Sometimes you are a sheep and sometimes you are the sheppard. Up until this morning, I was neither. I was neither leading nor following the triathlon herd. However, there are few moments in life where I am able to try something new that I have never been done before that is done so frequently by others (how can paternity tests on Maury seem so wrong but be so right?!).

This morning in the hotel I did my first brick workout. (Get it, Kool-aid Man jumping through bricks?? Brick workout?? Seemed funny when I inserted the picture...ohhh yeahhh.)

I'm honestly not sure if it was an 'official' brick workout. I biked for 10 miles on the spin bike and then ran for half a mile. Does that count? I'm thinking that if chef Boyardee gets to wear the funny looking white chef hat and call that red stuff 'food' then I get to count this one as my first attempt as a brick. I had honestly planned on running 2 miles but my foot was not feeling it. So, instead of trying to pushing through the pain I bagged it. No harm, no foul. Hopefully sports med doc will give me a solid pat on the back, a that-a-boy, followed by a chest bump for my restraint.

It was, in a word - HARD. I pushed it pretty hard on the bike so my legs were already starting to burn when I hopped on the treadmill. I felt really choppy while running the first minute or two, almost like I was not able to bend my knees the way that they should be bent. However, after 1/4 of a mile or so things smoothed out just enough for me to get my stride back before my foot started to hurt.

Overall, I think that the first brick workout was a success. It passed my usual barometer: I didn't die. Success. However, it seems that meeting my 2010 goal of completing a triathlon is going to be a bit harder than I first thought.

What a week! I am finally back home in Phoenix and am hoping to get back to a normal routine very soon. Doctors appt tomorrow - fingers crossed that I get good news.

14 comments:

Johann said...

Suddenly I'm glad I've got no triathlons planned. Those first few steps after the bike are always bad. Training at the hotel is dedication for sure. Good luck and I hope the doc gives you good news!

Julie said...

Hi Adam,
Wow, you did a brick!! I just found out what a brick was last week after reading Tara's blog:) Isn't that sad...I never knew what a brick was! Anyway, nice work! I think that the more that you do the easier they will become:)

I hope that you have a fantastic weekend Adam!

Pam F. said...

Don't feel bad, Julie. I didn't know until like three minutes ago what a brick was!

And Adam, I totally laughed at your Kool-Aid man. I love him and his guest appearances on Family Guy. Cracks me up every friggin' time. Turns out guest appearances in blogs is no different. Just something about that big red pitcher and goofy-ass smile. :)

I'm crossing my fingers for you, too, regarding your doctor's appointment tomorrow!

GeorgiaSnail said...

Good vibes for your date with the doc!!!

RunnuRMark said...

Welcome to the world of multi-sport. Coming off the bike is always super-funky feeling. The geometry of tri bikes are supposed to help with that.

I'm getting closer and closer to "swim" time and I'm sure I'll start to freak out a little about that when it arrives.

Amanda said...

it's a feeling you grow accustomed to...right along with never having fresh legs. and worked shoulders.

Jamoosh said...

I thought people sh*t bricks or were built like a brick sh*t house. Feel free to censor if necessary.

Morgan said...

LMAO at the Kool-aid guy! He's so creepy to me, I mean the guy wants you to drink out of him... hmmm me thinks perverts are at work here. That or I'm just perverted. *shrugs* Either way I'm not comfortable with him breaking down my walls.

Oh yeah you're workout... good job and way to show some restraint!

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

Nice brick. Perhaps next year, after I get BQ'd, I will try something on a bike. (Of course my rusty old 10 speed will need replacing.) Either that, or I will concentrate more on ultras. Not sure which yet.

Jill said...

Once nice thing about us athlete junkies, we get to write the rules for our own words, so brick it is :). Welcome home and I'm sending good news from the doc vibes your way! Happy Weekend!

The Sean said...

Glad you bagged the run... sounds like you still have significant issues in your foot... Stay on the bike, Adam!!!!

kilax said...

I work with a guy who does Iron Mans and gosh... the workouts they do seem INSANE! This definitely counts as a brick! I would like to try a sprint tri someday :)

Michelle said...

Sure is a brick. And yes they are hard to do!!!!!

inspiREDtorun13 said...

Cool! I guess when assessing all the races you'd like to complete this year the ones that are the most realistic/would make you the happiest is what you should go with. No shame.

That's what I do anyway :)