Monday, March 28, 2011

How to do a long brick and Splish Special!

I love bricks.  Specially double or even triple bricks.  I feel as though they are very very important to triathlon training.  Why?  Because it gets you past the 'oh my god, now I have to run?' feeling when you hop off the bike.  Now, when I get off of the bike - I actually run better then just a normal running race.  Also - what sounds better?  45 mile run followed by a six mile run?  Or 15 mile ride followed by a 2 mile run X3?  Yeah, I thought so. 

Anyway, here are a few important pointers for a successful brick:
*  Find a good central place for your'transition' area.  We always meet at a local park.  Lots of bathrooms and places to run.
*  The central place should be low in traffic
*  Bring plenty of fluid (coolers in your care are helpful)
*  Have a plan and stick with it.  10 miles followed by a 2 mile run X3?  Rock it out! 
*  Don't 'rest' between the cycling and run.  Pretend it's like a race and you are in transition. 
*  But what do you do with your bike?  Lock it to your car!

Go ahead and try it out!  They will hurt at first, but I promise it will be worth it! 

We had a great brick this weekend.  Except for the 20+mph head winds coming in.  And the humidity.  And the heat.  Welcome to Florida weather! 
We where also joined by Frank and his huge tattoo.  Thanks for sticking it out with the girls Frank!
(in the photo above you can tell he was the odd man out...with the non QR bike)

Follow a long, hot brick with the foam roller:

And a Skinny Girl Margarita:


Splish Suits!

You all know my love for splish suits - they are so fun and colorful.  Please see examples below:

How do you like that $20 grab bag suit?  LOVE IT!  $20 grab bag special!  Check it out at


MissFancyPants said...

Nice suit!

Jamie said...

I've never done a multi-brick. I may have to do some this year. If anything, I'm sure it is good to break up the monotony of swim-bike-run-swim-bike-run.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Bricks suck, but are for your own good

I think that suit is cool

Katie said...

bahahaha, i love the suit!

Christi said...

Great workouts! And I love splish suits. I have two and they work great! Not too mention that they are really cool lookin'!

Laura said...

I am actually more jealous of the Skinny Girl Margarita than anything else :)

Nicole @ Haute Runner said...

I like brick workouts too! Unfortunately haven't done any outdoors in awhile!

LOVE the new swim suit! Mine is boring black. I am more self conscious in my swim suit than in my bikini. It is so unflattering!!

Maggs said...

I love Splish suits! But I'm pretty sure you already knew that :-) Though I did get a REALLY ugly one (pink and black tiger striped) in my last grab bag order. I'm almost embarrased to wear it because I'm afraid people will think I bought it because I like it since all my other splish suits are super cute!

Unknown said...

I seem to run better off the bike too! It's like my legs just scream GO! This feels so good!! :)

I just started doing this kind of split brick and they are pretty fun-although it's been on the trainer/tm so need to worry about trans....YET! No Florida weather here in Maine-

thanks for the HU on the splish $20--checking it out!

Heidi Austin, PT, DPT said...

love the suit.. i have one similar but my a$$ is too big and it won't fit.... sometimes there sizes are weird in the grab bag... hhaaahah love it !