No doubt about it-summer running is challenging to say the least. For many, it’s a time to have a more relaxed training schedule before diving into fall racing season. A great way to mix up summer running is to add some “fun” bike run bricks. Even if you are not training for triathlons, run bike combo are fabulous training opportunities.
Mix up your summer running with bike run bricks
What is a “brick” anyway? A traditional brick workout consists of a bike workout followed by a run workout. The goal is to prepare your legs for what it feels like to do back to back sports in a triathlon race. When you transition immediately from the bike to a run, your legs can feel a little jello like for the first few minutes. It can take a few minutes to regulate your pace on the run.
How can this benefit runners? Even if you are not planning on doing a triathlon, stacking a bike and run workout can make you a stronger runner. Running on tired and or jello like legs can build both mental and physical strength. During the summer when the temps are high and running is shall we say, not so pleasant, brick workouts are a great way to mix up summer running.
While traditional brick workouts are a bike ride followed immediately by a run, I have a favorite brick workout I like to do. I do shorter bike splits followed by 1 mile runs. Repeating this 3 or 4 times is tougher than it sounds. I call it my “ton of bricks” workout. This workout can also be done inside. For best results, try to minimize the time between sets and transition as quickly as possible.
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Summer is the perfect time to try new things and mix up your workouts. Ready to give it a “Tri”? You just might like it!
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