A Heavy Brick
Sunday, August 01, 2010
I hold triathletes in the highest regard. You could say I'm in awe of them. And now they sit a bit higher on the pedestal after I did my first brick today in preparation for the September 12 Women in the Wild Adventure Challenge, a 12 mile bike race, 5 mile run, followed by an obstacle course that promises clothes so dirty you'll have to throw them away.
When I started out this morning, my plans were to take an easy 20 mile bike ride through some scenic countryside. But I felt like I had a little more in me, so I threw on my running shoes and headed out for a one-mile run. My first brick.
Hmm, I thought, this isn't so hard, I wonder what everyone is talking about when they say how tough the transition from biking to running can be. Two long blocks later, reality set in. Of course it's easy when you're running down hill
But when I hit the flat section, I could feel the heaviness in my legs. My quads were tight and the inner thighs felt exhausted. I felt like I was carrying a load of bricks; really, really heavy bricks.
As I got used to the transition, it got a little better. Even my lungs cooperated today. To get home, I had to run up the hills that were so easy to run down in the beginning. I pushed myself up most of the hills, and wanted to collapse on the front lawn. I finished 2.25 miles. I managed to keep walking for a cool down. Is it nap time yet?