Monday, July 26, 2010

BRICK....a slice of humble pie

Humble pie - The stuff that is made from a mix of failure, a heaping pile of butt whooping, and a a dash of talent. Mmmmmm, tastes like high school.

I'm a runner. You see those shoes busting out of the road in my title bar? They aren't those fancy clippy shoes that snap into bike pedals - and they don't have Velcro. BUT, I'd like to get into biking. You can go lots further in an hour, the wind cools you down, chicks dig guys who shave their legs, and it is a nice break from the pounding that my legs take while running. Besides, biking is fun.

So, when my super nice Ironman next door neighbor offered to take me out on his brick workout (two sports after one another - swimming/biking or biking/running) on Sunday morning - I jumped at the chance. I had originally planned to run 14 miles, but I figured that since I wasn't training for a race I could switch it up a bit.....plus I knew that this ride wasn't going to be like when I rode my bike with streamers on my handlebars and a basket on the front. This was going to hurt.

We started out pretty early to beat the heat - 6am. This was good because I had a bunch of things that I needed to do in the morning (church, poop, yard stuff, the usual). Unfortunately, because of all of those things, I wasn't able to get schwety at yoga with Jeff and Lauren. Next time. When I met up with my neighbor I wasn't sure that I was going to have a fighting chance, but fortunately he decided to ride his 20 year old all steel Trek (picture to the right - note the shifters on the bar under the crotch!!) instead of one of his 4 other much lighter/faster bikes (including a 100% carbon fiber one). Overall we biked 20 miles: 16.9 MPH (18.7 MPH w/out the stoplights). It hurt...a lot. The overall MPH seems a little slower than I remember but that is mostly due to stoplights.

I'd honestly put my level of effort at just below a tempo pace. I was working. The one thing that I learned was that drafting by getting into a big line of bikes makes it a LOT easier. I could hold a 17 mph speed for a while with a normal effort....put me right behind him and it jumped up to 19 mph - with NO additional effort. Of course, this isn't legal in most triathlons. FAIL.

Ah, but once we were done with the bike, he was on my turf! (Meaning, the ground.) We did as fast of a transition as possible and were out for 4 miles. He is normally a 8:45ish runner, so of course I pushed the pace around 8:00 for the first 2 miles. hehe :) Overall, we ended up at 8:17 pace.

I really liked going out with him. We both agreed that we pushed each other harder during our weak sports than we would have normally gone.

What do you do to cross train? Or, are you a card carrying member of the Triathlon club?


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23 comments:

Chad said...

I also did a brick this weekend, but I didn't run nearly as fast as you.

Last season I trained with a runner friend. Over the summer he became a much better cyclist (thanks to me) and I broke my jaw and stopped training for a month. FAIL!

ShutUpandRun said...

Nice brick baby! I have not been cross training lately.Usually I bike, swim and do yoga. Need to get back to it.

Kelly said...

That sounds like a really good bike ride to me. I averaged 16.4 mph in my last RACE, so you guys were definitely doing good with the speed.

drdave said...

Sounds like a great pairing to me. Keep up the training schedule and you will both benefit.

Runners Fuel said...

To corss train, I do spin class, yoga, elliptical and a few other machines.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Card-carrying triathlete, though I have not yet found a location for swimming that fits my schedule, so duathlete in training, triathlete in racing. I also chase my kids which is the ultimate cross training, because there's no way to know what they are going to do.

RunningLaur said...

"I really like going out with him"
Is there something more you need to tell us, Adam?

Jamoosh said...

I like to also work my upper body, so it's 22 oz curls for this runner. Not sure if it's cross training or not...

Ace said...

Wait so instead of doing yoga, you picked a brick workout? That really must be some serious yoga...

Running Through Phoenix said...

BITCH!!

Cynthia O'H said...

I've added cycling again recently - but on a windtrainer. I know, it's summer and I should be outside, but my kids make that impossible.

Once school starts, I hope to ride in the a.m. and run at night. Crossing everything for cooperation.

Good job on the brick. And, be nice to your neighbour; he has a few stellar bikes which he can let a friend borrow.

Middle Name Marie said...

No triathlons for me--yet. For cross-training, I do a lot of intense workout classes.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Sweet job on the brick! Great to have a partner too!

Her Name is Rio said...

I swim some measly yards about once a week and do weights about once a month. Does that count?
Hope to start more cross training when I can walk normally again.

Andrew Opala said...

My brick workout is running then driving my car to work.

Or weight lifting and then mowing the lawn.

I've called the Olympic committee but they wrote back that there aren't enough athletes that combine these three. Unfortunately I guess running/driving-to-work/mowing-the-lawn will have to be a niche sport for a while.

Glenn Jones said...

Way to go with the brick Adam! Nice workout.

I row on a rowing machine to cross train. I can spend hours watching the walls of my garage....

AZ said...

I never really call myself a triathlete (or a runner for that matter) but I do compete in triathlons. Once you add all three disciplines to your repetoire it's easy and fun to put them all together for a triathlon. Give it a try.

Luke said...

You still had great s[peed on the bike. I did my first tri this weekend. On the bike I noticed that typical cyclists finished first, beefy guys like me in the middle and ultra-skinny runners last. Difference being as I trotted along on the run, the true runner were still flying.

Jamie said...

Great job on your brick workout! Very impressive. I usually go for a swim here and there, and yoga once in a while, but I'm not one for biking. It's not my thing (yet). Also, I don't have a bike. Makes things difficult. Keep up the cross training!

Spike said...

Yeah, I may be a jerk, but I love to burry a guy when we are running together. Of course, it sucks BIG time when I get buried

track coach and adorable wife said...

Well that's not really fair is it? You should have worn your cement shoes from your mafia days to even it up with him. Food for thought for the next time...

RunnuRMark said...

yep, the run and bike brick is how i love to roll. gonna have to add in some swim bricks by early next year though.

sRod said...

All this biking...I don't approve.