Hello friends! Welcome to round two of Tri Tip Tuesday! Today I’m linking up with Lisa from The Skinny on Health, so head over there for other awesome health and fitness tips today!
Today we will be discussing a specific workout that is unique and necessary to triathlon- The Brick.
This particular workout is aptly named for two reasons. The first being BRick = bike to run. The second is in reference to what your legs will feel like; a ton of bricks. Brick ia a term that is rooted in triathlon and all triathletes know what you’re talking about if you throw it out in conversation.
It’s the name for back to back workouts of different disciplines, namely bike to run. But it can be used relatively interchangeably for other back to back disciplines workouts. Note that it is used to reference back to back discipline workouts within the same workout with little to no interruption in between.
Yesterday I did a brick for my workout in the gym. I did 45 minutes on the spin bike then ran 2 miles immediately following my spin. It took me less than two minutes to wipe down my bike, switch from bike shoes to running shoes, and hop on the treadmill.
Swim to bike and bike to run are the most common combination of disciplines for a brick workout because they simulate race day muscle use and transition.
The three disciplines of triathlon all use different muscle groups and the hardest shift for the body is the bike to run muscle use shift. By doing brick workouts you train your muscles to shift functionality quickly and efficiently.
“When you stop biking and start running the legs feel “strange” and heavy (this is why they call these workouts bricks!) and the heart rate goes up, as our body tries to switch the blood from flowing into the muscles used for biking to those used for running. This feeling is more pronounced at the start of the run and usually the legs get better as time passes – although probably never as fresh as those you have when you run without biking before it (I wonder why?! ). Brick workouts help shorten the time our legs take to start feeling more normal thus allowing us to run better and faster. It is not uncommon to experience cramps when starting to run after biking, especially if you are not used to it. As usual, listen to your body and slow down if you feel a cramp coming. A carbo gel and water will also help if you are experiencing cramps due to the decrease in muscle fuel.” -Enrico Contolini, beginnertriathlete.com
If you’re not already doing brick workouts to train for triathlon, add them in! And if you have a coach who writes plans for you you’ll definitely see them often.
So, you get your brick on and get serious about triathlon training. And brick workouts are also a great cross training exercise that single discipline athletes can incorporate into their cross training regime to gain some serious strength. Hear that runners, get your bike and swim on right before or after your run!
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