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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 emoticon!

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. emoticon

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?
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  • UROPA40
    I can't wait to hear how your race goes. My running friends are interested in doing it next year. Have done some bricks and it is hard to transition. I was going to do a tri but after the hot 1/2 marathon in July I changed my mind. I am pushing miles to train with my friend Julia who is training for a marathon. I will not run it but am doing the training runs with her. Will run the endurance run and she will be up to doing the 20 mile run with me at that race. Glad to hear your toe is ok. Suzy
    2899 days ago
  • CHOESCH
    WOW! I'm constantly patting myself on the back for completing a 5k and now training for a 10k - I can't even imagine myself doing a triathlon! I love that you are sharing this experience with us. I know that your determination will get you through the training and then the actual event. You are an inspiration. Keep it going!
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    Cathy
    2908 days ago
  • BOBBYD31
    you are too funny! it will get easier, i promise.
    2909 days ago
  • JESSEMAEGAN
    definitely, you deserve it!

    i'm so impressed that you're training for a triathlon! i think they're a true test of one's physical fitness. good for you!

    keep us updated on the progress!
    2909 days ago
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