Thursday, January 28, 2010

Brick...


She's a brick house,

She's mighty, mighty just lettin' it all hang out...


Don't know why, but when I think about brick workouts, that song pops into my head. Every time!

I'm having a hard time adjusting to tri training without my YMCA membership and without my weekly (sometimes 2x per week) lunchtime spin class. So, what I've decided to do is train on the bike trainer at home and once a week, follow it up with a run on the treadmill. I don't know if you'd call that a "real" brick, since it's being done indoors but it's going to have to do for now. And, I've found that I really don't know what to do on the bike without instructor from hell, Richard, barking orders to "increase tension!", "dig deep!", "decrease tension!", "sprint up that hill!", "go faster!!", etc. I've heard there are dvds you can buy and watch while riding that guide you through a bike workout...maybe I'll look into that. I'm also checking out the spin class schedule at the new gym to see if there's at least one I can make each week.

Anyway, I had to pick up the kiddos from my parents last night because it was the hubby's martial arts night. Naturally, I want to hang out and visit with the parents, but that makes us get home rather late which results in getting started on the workout late. It was 9 pm by the time I got the kiddos into bed, made lunches for the next day and got the bike set up on the trainer. I biked for 30 minutes while watching the last little bit of the State of the Union address and recap. I did add in a few 1-minute intervals of faster peddeling in there just to make the workout more interesting (read: less boring).

Once I was done with 30 minutes on the bike, I headed upstairs to the treadmill. I don't know why, but I seem to have pretty good runs after I bike. Not that the run was fast or anything, but I just felt in "the zone". You know "the zone" - where your legs, arms and breathing seem to be in sync perfectly....I don't hit "the zone" often on the treadmill, so this was a pleasant surprise. I even added a couple of minutes with some incline and that even felt great. All this zoniness made the time on the treadmill pass really quickly...love it when that happens! Total run was 2.81 miles @ a 10:40 pace. I cooled down by walking another few minutes and rounded out the mileage to 3 miles. Afterwards, the back felt pretty good, but the pain in my left quad is back dangit! Don't know what that's about, but I do want it to go away!

Today, it's back to the pool. Maybe this time I'll remember to bring my workout with me!

8 comments:

Staci Dombroski said...

I love it when time passes quick on the treadmill too. It does not happen that often for me :-)

Julie said...

Hey, way to hit "the zone" on your treadmill! The bike trainer thing sounds interesting...let me know how that works for you.

I think it is very cool that your hubby has a martial arts night, that way you both have something that you like to do and are passionate about:)

Stephanie said...

I'm jealous . . .I never hit "the zone" on a treadmill.

Lorian said...

Sounds like you had a great workout! I love the zone...the zone has escaped me lately, but I want it back!!

Tara said...

Hah! I love that song....and now I will forever think of it everytime I do a brick.

I sometimes hit the "zone" on the treadmill. Not too often though!

Meg said...

Great song! Good job on the treadmill, that would be impossibe for me and dangerous. I'm such a clutz, zoning would not be safe!

Jill said...

I would think of that song, too, after hearing the word brick. haha. That's a good thing you like to run after a bike ride, that's the ticket to a speedy tri :). Happy Almost Friday!!

Amy said...

I love the zone! I'm just getting back into my running routine after a two month hiatus. So, right now there is more of the getting back on track than the zone thing. Soon, very soon.
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