Triathlon Perhaps? My First “Brick” Workout & Tips

by TaylorR

It may not be anywhere close, but regardless, I am pretty confident a triathlon is in my future.

Yesterday, I did my very first brick workout.

What’s a brick workout? 

It’s two workouts done back to back, like bricks being stacked upon one another…

And I survived.

I was recently approached by Blake, the owner of a new cycling studio - Velocity Cycling - here in Charleston (they also have a studio in Miami), to meet up. We are talking of opportunities to partner with a few projects, but before that could happen, he invited me into try a class.

Okay, why not? It’s only been 7 years since I’ve been on a spin bike and I am always willing to try something new.

cycling class

There was only one thing stopping me…

Saturday mornings are my long run days and after last weekend there was no way in hell I was going to miss this one.

So lucky for me, it just meant an extra early (4:55 am) wake up call…  and wonderful views of a storm off in the distance.

charleston run

It actually turned out to be a blessing because about an hour after my 9 mile run (while I was cycling), the Charleston skies opened and that “distant” storm dumped buckets of rain for 10 minutes straight.

The Velocity Cycling class was a great experience, and an awesome way to cap off a great run!

It was even better since I convinced Amanda to wake up early on her Saturday to join me. Working out with friends is the best.

amanda-spin

The class was intimate (only 7 of us) and Blake lead a ride that had us in and out of the saddle the whole time. We were climbing mountains, dealing with wind gusts (fictional ones of course), and enjoying some flat roads from start to finish.

Before class began I was a bit worried that I would be bored… 60 minutes on a stationary bike? Spells F.U.N.

But with the ever changing format and Blake’s great motivation, time flew by and I ended up drenched in sweat, with an empty water bottle, and having a great time!

blake-spin

Owner Blake and I post workout… he used to weigh almost 300 pounds! INSPIRATION!

And you know what else?

I realized that I kind of like this whole biking thing! Doing the class really upped my drive to get my triathalon goals in order. 2014, here we go!

Of course, I was spent after the class and wanted nothing more than to crawl into bed for a power nap… instead I settled for an early movie date with Dan to see Elysium.

If you haven’t seen it yet… don’t waist your money. It was good, but would have been better if we had paid $3.99 to rent it on iTunes.

How To Do A Brick Workout:

I’m certainly not an expert at bricks, this was my first one (and technically, I rested a little between workouts).

However, I did actually plan this exercise routine out so that I wouldn’t have to worry about bonking or getting nauseous from 3 hours of continuous fitness… I am no marathoner!

I knew that if I neglected to hydrate and fuel my body that I wouldn’t make it through the entire class. And that would be embarrassing for me, especially since I was “the trainer” in the room and Blake kept calling me out! (Wouldn’t look good to have “the trainer” pass out over the handle bars.)

Here’s what I did: 

  • 45 minutes before my run: 1 glass of water & a whole wheat wrap with peanut butter and jam
  • 6 miles into run: Salted Caramel GU (flavor new to me, but now my favorite) + 8 oz of water
  • At the end of run: 8 oz of water + 1/2 Smores Pro Bar (love this vegan line of bars).

fuels

  • Cycling: 24 oz of water throughout the class. Not because I was “thirsty” but because I could feel the sweat dripping off and knew I needed it.
  • Directly Post workout: Had planned to eat the rest of my bar, but dropped it on the ground. The 5 second rule doesn’t apply for the Charleston downtown sidewalks.
  • Continued to drink water until happy hour, then I poured a glass of Prosecco instead.

Podcast Love: 

It’s been a while since I shared a podcast that included both Dan and I. This one we did just last weekend and we had a blast talking about our paddleboard adventure (have I mentioned he’s doing his 2nd race on Tuesday?) and our favorite oils…

Listen in, I think you’ll like it!

Okay, excuse me as I am off to celebrate my dad’s birthday with the family!

Have you ever done two workouts back to back? 

Done a triathalon? Or want to?

*I was not compensated or even asked to write this post. I simply wanted to share my experience. 

 

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Sara August 25, 2013 at 10:51 am

Have you ever considered taking 45 seconds to proofread your posts before you hit “publish”? It will make you sound 1,000% more professional.

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TaylorR August 25, 2013 at 11:48 am

Sara, thanks… you’re absolutely right. I do proofread, however I am going to follow a new rule. Step away for an hour or so then come back and look at it with fresh eyes.

I appreciate your readership.

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Erica August 25, 2013 at 12:50 pm

SO awesome! This weather has been totally whacky. I am actually thinking…just thinking…about doing a full.

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TaylorR August 25, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Go do it! you’ll do great!

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Amy Lauren August 25, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Have fun celebrating your dad’s b-day :).

Way to go on the brick workout on Saturday! I did a spin class at East Shore one day, was gonna run on the treadmill and then realized it was starting, so I figured spin would be way more fun than the hampster wheel. It was okay, obviously I didn’t like it enough to go continuously, but it is a great workout for a change.

I bet you would do really really well in a tri! I am not a good swimmer so I’ve never done one :(. See ya Tuesday.

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TaylorR August 25, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Thanks! We had a great time with the fam.

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