Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Brick Training - Get Your Feel On!

Beginner triathlete has a great article on "brick" training. Bricks are a very important part of triathlon (and duathlon) training and they are sometimes overlooked. Bricks refer to training on two disciplines during the same workout, one after the other with minimal or no interruption in between, just as you would do in a race (I am sure you knew this). Usually when people talk about bricks they refer to a bike/run workout, but bricks could also refer to a swim/bike workout or to a run/bike workout (if you are training for a duathlon). These last two are often overlooked but still important to fit here and there in your training plan.
An example of a brick could be a 20 mile (1:15:00) bike then a 2 mile run (7:30) pace, depending on how far you are into the program. These are a great way to get "your feel on" as I like to say, if you don these throughout your program you will be well adjusted to transitions and how you would feel during the race, if you push yourself during the brick sessions you might feel better while racing.