Monday, February 27, 2012

Impromptou Brick!

It feels like everyone is doing a triathalon this summer!  It's a natural progression, I think - most of the bloggers I read and friends I have took up running not because it was their one true love, but because it was something different - a new challenge.  Now, they've conquered their big running 'bucket list' and want a bit of variety in their lives.  Instead of reading about a fun tempo run, we're now treated to stories of bricks and multiple Gu's and even wardrobe changes.  How Fancy!

Friday night I decided to jump on the brick bandwagon. 

HAH, just kidding.

There was an impromptu brick though. 

I'm lucky enough to have found a used CycleOps bike trainer in Used condition on Amazon a while
back for pretty cheap.  I usually use it in my living room while watching Real Housewives (and yelling at Slade, that scumbag!).  I always wrap up by the time Mike gets home, so I've never had anyone in the house while using it.

Friday night though, I set up the trainer, climbed aboard...and Mike freaked out.  Apparently the trainer, even when on the area rug, vibrates the entire house - and probably our neighbor's house too.  (We have a shared wall)


I headed out behind our garage with the bike and trainer, where the house overhangs and provides a few feet of dry pavement.  It was a big chilly out, but felt good (and way better than the 65 degrees it was in the house).  Eventually, I'll get set up in the garage, but with wedding stuff + mower +'s a bit snug in there right now.

Anyways.  30 minutes on the bike in 3rd highest gear.  Last 3 minutes going balls-out sprinting.  I jumped off, slightly wobbly-legged and gulped down some water.  I realized that I wanted to do some planks and pushups...but my gross yoga mat was in the car.  Two blocks away.  It was pouring rain.

Sprinted to the car on jelly legs, grabbed mat, sprinted back.  My first brick!  A whole quarter mile.  I know, I know, I pushed through the pain and dug deep and even had a mantra written on my left hand.

gross yoga mat. ew.
Had it kept raining, I probably would have been able to swim in my street, too.  Yoga mat down in the driveway (again with the overhang) and:

1 min plank
1 min wall sit
30 sec plank
1 min wall sit
5 boy pushups
5 reps of (walkout pushup, 3 pushups, walk back up, jump up)
20 girl pushups
10 leg lifts
10 rainbows (think horizontal leglift)
10 front leg lifts
10 rainbows
10 back leg lifts
10 rainbows
2 sets of 20 bicycles
1 x 100's

Not bad for a Friday night!


  1. Which triathlon are you going to do and when? That has been on my to do list for years but I never actually do it. Maybe this summer finally? I do feel like running is my one true love :-)

  2. Umm...I miss you friend and we need an update! :)

  3. Nice workout! I've been jumping on the triathlon bandwagon as well. Hope to hear more about it!

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