No, I’m not developing a stutter.  I discovered what a brick/brick is in terms of training this week, and it was pretty cool.  Grueling, but cool.  For those of you who go about your life never even knowing what brick training is, you’re not missing out on anything – trust me.  It’s not like gelato or kobe beef or anything like that.  But, if you do enough “bricks,” you can have all the kobe beef and gelato you want afterward.

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For the purposes of my training this week, we focused on transitions.  The “transition” in Duathlon (or Triathlon) is when you change from the run to the bike or bike to the run.  In a race where seconds count, the time you take in transition could mean the difference between winning and losing.  It’s that important.   And so, what’s the best way to get quicker at transitioning? Practice of course!  So on a sunny (and windy!) Saturday, I set up a transition station in my garage, and did this from my house:

Run: 1.5 miles

Bike: 8 miles

Run: 1.5 miles

Bike: 8 miles

Run 1.5 miles

Bike: 8 miles

The issue was that each time I transitioned from the bike to the run or vice versa, I had to go back UP my hill!  I know you’re probably sick of hearing me whine about it, but tough.  It sucks.  It’s so friggin’ steep and to have to climb it six times in a matter of two hours was just plain nasty.  But, you know I loved it because I’m sick like that.

When all was said and done, I rode/ran a total of 26.5 miles in 1:57:06 with my fastest transition being 28 seconds and my slowest was 45.  Hey, I was getting tired at the end, what can I say?

WEEK OF APRIL 14, 2014

RUNNING:  Despite this being a “down” cycle in terms of sheer mileage, I got in two very good runs with fast finishes.  I did 8 on Monday with reverse splits – meaning the last four miles were faster then the first.  In fact, I finished my last four in 6:40, 6:30, 6:20, 6:15.  I did the same on Wednesday except it wasn’t on a flat trail and it was after we got two inches of snow and ice.  Yes, you read that correctly.  It was so bad, it collapsed our outdoor canopy:

 

This is not what you want to wake-up to on April 16th.  WTF?  So over it!

This is not what you want to wake-up to on April 16th. WTH? So over it!

My outdoor run was less then stellar that day and I actually had a few choice words for the wind and ice.  What?  You don’t yell at the wind during a run?  It can make you feel a lot better – trust me on this.  Total running mileage for the week was 24, mostly great, miles.

CYCLING:  I met up with CRS (coach rocket science) on Monday after my run.  We met to work out little kinks in my cycling like cornering.  I don’t corner well because, honestly, I’m afraid of crashing onto the road and getting run over by a car.  I think that’s pretty reasonable.  CRS thinks I’m a wuss and, after she saw what I do on my turns, she began the sentence with “I don’t mean to insult your intelligence but…”  Needless to say, I learned a lot, including that my car needs new tires.  Now, when the service guy at Toyota told me my two year-old SUV with 30K miles on it needed new tires, I totally blew it off.  When CRS told me, I made an appointment to get new ones this Wednesday.

CROSS-TRAINING:  CRS defined this week as “hip week.”  I’m having some hamstring issues on my left side and she thinks it’s due to some hip imbalance/weakness.  I did more then the usual number of clamshells, monster walks, single leg dead lifts and added some bridges with a single leg lift.  It’s glorified physical therapy but it’s helping.  A lot.

RACING:  I’m so excited for my first race since the NYC Half in March.   This is much shorter (5K) but for such a great cause – March of Dimes.  If the weather cooperates this Saturday, it should be a great race and a fun day for the kids too.

FUEL:  Two words – Easter candy.  Yeah, right.  I definitely do not eat Easter candy but, after all that transitioning and 10+ hours of training this week, I decided to treat myself to dessert at one of the two birthday parties we had this past Saturday:

Can you even see the cupcake in my hand?

Can you even see the cupcake in my hand?  My husband thought this was hilarious.

THINGS I LOVE:  Sleeping with the windows open.  Besides the freak storm on Wednesday, this past week was filled with sun!  Keep it coming Mother Nature!

THINGS I DON’T LOVE AS MUCH: Creepy Easter bunnies.  My brother-in-law is one of those crazy nice guys who will do almost anything you ask of him…especially if it’s in the name of fun for kids.  He doesn’t have kids yet, so I can only imagine what will happen when he does.  In the meantime, this happened:

Uncle Brian aka Easter Creeper

Uncle Brian aka Easter Creeper

Most of the kids screamed and ran for their parents.  Not mine.  They like warm hugs from Easter Bunnies.

MUSIC:  The song I’m singing and hearing most lately is “Happy Birthday.”  We had two parties for the boys (family and then kids this weekend), two parties this past Saturday, another on Easter Sunday and two more before the month is over.  August was certainly a good month to make a baby(ies).

TV:  We’re almost done with True Detectives and it’s giving us nightmares.  It’s that good.  I think next up is House of Cards.  Anyone have other suggestions?  Between training, planning for Spain, getting the kids ready for summer and freelancing, I have a ton of time for TV.

READING: I’ve been pouring over all the confirmation emails I’ve received from hotels, car rentals, and USAT information for Spain.  I’ve officially started my binder.  Remember when Mitt Romney had “binders filled with women?’  Well, I have a binder filled with every last detail for that trip.  If I lose it, we may as well just stay home.  I know I have issues but it’s the only way I can feel like I have control over this whole thing.  Hold your judgment please.

RANDOM THOUGHT OF THE WEEK:  Screw your courage to the sticking place.

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How was your Easter?

How is the weather shaping up where you live?

Have you ever done a brick/brick workout?

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