Thursday, June 16, 2011

"Legs" - ZZ Top

So the whole idea of a "brick" workout excited me.

Did I know what it really was?  No.

Did I know the right people to ask?  Heck ya.

I mentioned Jason yesterday [tri-guy + awesome cook].
Now there's Jeff.  Yep, IRONMAN Jeff.

a-FREAKING-mazing.

So they helped me sort out the details.

I understood.

Bike THEN run.

but that wasn't going to work with today's schedule sooooooo.......

The "reverse brick" was born.

So I jumped on the treadmill for 9 miles at a 7:30 pace.

literally, threw on dry clothes . . . . Nascar'd my way down Shea Boulevard . . . . parked at the gym . . . . set up my bike . . . .

 . . . . and waited all 3.44 minutes for class to start.
[omgosh there's a foot in this photo?!....gross . . .you bet cha I'm using the . . . RUN EMZ towels from 24 hour TM run!]

Yep. same. freaking. awesome. spin. instructor. from Tuesday. night.

Yep. . . . she got in my sweaty little face again [ yelling, clapping & saying GO EMILY THIS IS YOUR FINISH!] 

totalandcompleteawesomeness [that's for you Dawn].

So as soon as we "finish" the one hour class.  I put my bike up and race up the stairs for a bit.  Figured I could get one mile in before I needed to be showered and presentable.

HOLY.
f r e a k i n g .
Noodle.
Legs.

So lesson learned.

Took me almost 1/2 mile to "find" my legs. Did one mile at 9:30 pace.

Brick and reverse Emz-style brick do NOT equal the same thing.

but the best freaking workout I've had in a Loooooooooooooong time.

Nothing but MAD respect for you triathletes out there.

you. guys. rock.

Do you brick?
Do you bonk?
Do you noodle?


32 comments:

Colleen said...

I'm first! YAY!

I brick... multiple times a week actually!

Emz said...

this is freaking amazing.

sooooooo your body learns to love it - or no? :)

LB said...

i havent bricked in a while....i dont find it quite as amusing as you do haha! im noticing a theme...biking, bricking....are you up to something????

Emz said...

LB. I hope. An indoor tri?! ;)
BTW love the new photo!!

XLMIC said...

I brick on consecutive days... bike on one day, run the next :P I call it a "lego".

Emz said...

Lego. Love. That.

ShutUpandRun said...

I'm bricking a lot these days. Gotta get ready for August. Sunday will be 2.5 hours of riding followed by 30minutes of running. Yep, legs are jello.

racing dawn said...

Asisitheresippingmyawesomeshake... I've been thinking about adding some bricks in. I love crazy hard workouts. What's wrong with us? 

So is this going to be a weekly staple? I think it sounds great!!

Maybe u should try it with ... Might take care of the noodle factor. 

Ironman By Thirty said...

I brick twice a week. In fact, I bricked today (1h30m bike/35m run) and did some yoga after that. Such a good workout session today.

Congrats on your first brick! Keep it up. Best workouts ever.

Jason said...

Waa-Hoo....next up is a swim/bike brick. Waa-Hoo....

When you start it is always going to be noodle legs for the first 0.5 miles and then it gets easier and easier.

Soon enough you will be able to run those 7:30s after riding the bike.

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

If you want to confuse the heck out of your legs, bike first, then rollerskate. Weeeeeeee!

Sarah said...

I think that spin class would kill me. My legs even feel like noodles after Wii Fit. :-D

Aimee said...

Yay for doing your first brick! That's so awesome! And, I can totally relate to the noodle legs. But, they do get less noodley the more bricks you do! :)

Cari Mugz said...

I have not... also didn't know what it was till this post...

Love learning all these new things...

Kelly Leigh said...

I ride my bike at a leisurely pace to run around the reservoir near our house. Does that count as bricking? who knew?

Johann said...

I don't brick because I only run. When in peak training I certainly bonk and noodle...often.

Johann said...

Oh, and the one gym group here in SA have an indoor tri series every year.

Johann said...

Oh, and (sorry my mind is not healthy today) they do the indoor tri in reverse. Run, bike, swim.

Suzy said...

A reverse brick, interesting concept!! I've never done one because that would mean I'd have to get on a bike.

Christi said...

I love brick workouts and yes I bonk, noodle and anything else you can think up!

Congrats on your first!

Jenny said...

Once again, Emz, you totally inspire me. I might just have to give the brick a try. Since I'm knocking Doc orders anyways, may as well have some fun. It is fun, right? Right?

Run on. And then bike. Oh, and take a swim.

Jenny said...

Once again, Emz, you totally inspire me. I might just have to give the brick a try. Since I'm knocking Doc orders anyways, may as well have some fun. It is fun, right? Right?

Run on. And then bike. Oh, and take a swim.

Jamoosh said...

I brick every now and again - usually on a Sunday morning after a ride. The feeling is a little cool and a little freaky.

Matty O said...

Yes.
No.
No.

:)

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I said a long time ago that you would end up doing a triathlon or duathlon, looks like it might be coming true

Christy said...

Oh Bricks! They do not make me happy but they are necessity in training! I'm getting at "finding" my legs more quickly but there are those days when I feel like I've got bricks attached to my feet.

Great job!

Emz said...

BDD. Made. Me. Smile.

it's all about pace said...

welcome to the darkside

She said I need a goal said...

why can't I comment on the previous post? Cause ya know, ya made me cry and all.. you and peanut, amazing!!!

I know I'm supposed to be at the other blog but let's face it, I'm lucky to have gotten here at all today.

Is it beer o'clock yet?

Kevin and Kim Partridge said...

You're too humble to mention the audible gasp the whole class made when you left and we were all told that you were going to run a marathon next week. EXCEPT for me. I cheered.

Kevin and Kim Partridge said...

And I forgot to mention that the foot in the picture. Totally disgusting. How could anyone undress their feet in that petri dish of germs? IF in desperation I had to do that, I would have stood on a towel. That is just ewwy.

CupcakeRunner said...

I want to (eventually) become a triathlete, but I"m scared of brick. Which makes me want to do it more.

Now if only I owned a bike.