#6: a foundation of bricks
|badass…a little thick around the middle by IM standards
needs to be somewhere in the emaciated range to have that
OK, by the 2 hour mark on the bike today, I was looking for something different to occupy my mind. I had already watched Harry Potter and so took a brief moment to scroll through the free on-demand choices…..wouldn’t you know it, Enter the Dragon was a “new” free release……who can argue with a little 1973 action legend…..no doubt when crushing O’Hara (see below), it made going up an 8.7% grade somewhere in Utah that much easier.
The term “brick” in triathlon refers to the not-so-fun training method of going from one event immediately to the next in training…. essentially combining the two types into 1 session. I don’t think anyone really knows where the term came from, but pretty common belief is that B[ike] + R[un] + ‘ick‘. I’ve also heard it’s related to what your legs feel like as a result.
Training: Looks like I’ll have gotten in about 11 of my 12-ish scheduled hours. Had to cut short 1 swim b/c a swim-team was in the pool when I got there and I cut the bike short from 3:30 today to 3:00 hours b/c the L knee was getting cranky…..got to keep an eye on that. Overall it was a pretty good week quality-wise…..although feeling a little beat up as mentioned above.
Nutrition: Nutrition was much better this week, although the early AM sessions definitely leave me crazy hungry about 2 hours later. I need to plan these out a little better. Truthfully, it won’t be a problem very much longer b/c my work schedule goes to post-holiday mode, which means in the wee-hours of the AM, I’ll be working, not training.
Mindset: Glad to have this week behind me. Fighting my annual cold…..the 2 holiday weeks have a unique stress component, but are “down weeks” in the sense that I mostly do planning & office based work……my body decides I’m finally coming in for a landing and I get susceptible to just about anything floating around. Definitely seeking the “order and routine” of the other 50 weeks of the year. Overall though, this is a very minor bump in the road. Feeling pretty good with my endurance-base: 1:30 swimming, 2:20 running and 3:00 biking, which from the perspective of sheer time is a solid foundation at this point. I have to resist the urge to not feel slow at this point and want to push too hard.
Preview Week of 1/3:
Training: 13-14 hours planned (depending on tomorrow’s swim), which is getting to a solid volume; 20-25/wk is the top end for most athletes.
Nutrition: Same as last week – need the fruits & veggies and hydration…..finding myself carb-craving with the training volume increases…….but that’s typical for me early on. In a week or two I’ll have that under control and be back to my standard training fare.
Mindset: Looking forward to this week. Lots to do, but the right setup to get it done. Work & Family life will begin to get back their (very relative) balance and should be able to make solid gains. Need to make sure I get enough rest though……to make sure the nicks and bumps I’m feeling don’t manifest into more.