Yesterday I reintroduced to my training program the particular routine that I think I like the least of all my different activities. The Brick workout. Well, maybe I’m lying. I think I like intervals on a track a little less than brick workouts. But nevertheless, I don’t usually like them. Why? They’re tough. They hurt. They make you tired.
So why do a brick in the first place? According to triathlon lore (as well as my own practical experience), brick workouts represent the closest thing you can get to race-day approximation in a workout. They give you a chance to practice your transitions. Bike-Run bricks help your legs get acclimated to running off the bike. Running on tired legs helps build endurance. To me, a brick is any workout that combines two disciplines. Swim/Bike; Bike/Run; Swim/Run. Now, I know that technically a transition run after a long bike ride might not be a brick…but to me it is. I also know that most people don’t typically do swim/run bricks all that often.
Last night’s brick workout? It wasn’t a “real” brick – it was a “baby” brick. 30 minutes on the bike trainer followed by 10 minutes on the tready. I’ve got my first “real” brick scheduled for Saturday.
What do you think? Do you do bricks? Do you like them? What distances/duration to your bricks last?