The Best Tip For Making Brick Workouts A Success
As you prepare for the NJ State Triathlon, Meaghan (of the Fit Crasher) offers her big secret to brick workouts.
Many triathlon training plans include “brick” workouts – one workout session that combines two of the three triathlon disciplines. For example, a workout that involves time in the pool followed by time on the bike. Or perhaps one that includes a few miles on the bike followed by a few more on two feet. It may seem like a lot of effort to schedule both into the same day, but these brick workouts the best way to train the body for those tricky transitions on race day.
As I’ve been training for the New Jersey State Triathlon
, I’ve been trying to do at least one brick workout a week. I typically schedule them for the weekends when I have more free time and know I won’t be in a rush to or from work.
My biggest secret to making them a success? Planning ahead.
It seems like a no brainer, but the times that I’ve forgotten to plan ahead always stick with me as lessons learned. I either wasted a large amount of time making the transition from one workout to the next, or wasted even more time trying to decide exactly what the workout was going to look like. Triathlon training takes a lot of hours out of your schedule to begin with, so those extra minutes fumbling through a brick workout are an unwelcome addition.
Before I head to the gym or go out on the road, I always make sure I know exactly how many miles or minutes I want to complete of each exercise. I map out the intended route and note how long it will take. That way, there’s no guesswork to deal with on the day of. I also try to lay out a mini transition area at home or at the gym where I have everything I need for the next segment. With everything set up and ready to go, I can quickly and easily work my way from swim to bike, or bike to run. There’s no hunting for missing sunglasses or sunscreen. No sifting through drawers for that favorite pair of running socks.
It takes just a few extra minutes to do the prep work for bricks, but it’s always worth it!
Meaghan is a guest blogger for CGI Racing and the fun and fitness behind "the fit crasher"