Sunday, July 06, 2008

The "brick"

So, I kicked off my training this weekend with a "brick." Not the usual triathlon brick training (since I'm not planning on doing any triathlons any time soon), but I did a very nice run-bike-run brick. And ok, it wasn't like all in a row, over 3 hours or something, or even in one day. Rather, this is what we did:

Friday - 18 miles of running
Saturday - 100k of riding
Sunday - 26.5 miles of running

The bike ride was supposed to be 100 miles, but Idaho had some serious flooding this spring and part of the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes was destroyed, so miles 18 to 36 were closed. Of course Tim (who I did the brick with) and I went around the "trail closed" gate at the 18-mile mark trailhead to indulge our curiosity and to see "how bad it could possibly be" (and we really wanted to get in our 100 miles). We rode along just fine until mile 21 when YIKES! the trail was literally washed away for 100 feet across. There was no way to get across. Not even a good running start would do it. :) So, we were forced to turn around.

Destined to get to the other side of the closure, we made the 1-1/2 hour long winding drive (with another like-minded cyclist who followed us in his car) to the next easily accessible trailhead and got in some more miles. The long drive took some of the oomph out of the workout but the overall adventure was grand! I mean, check out this picture (from the website) of the Chatcolet Bridge from the eastern shore of Lake Coeur d' very beautiful!

As for the runs, they were equally as enjoyable. All dirt roads, easy pace, with focus on good calorie and fluid replacement to facilitate recovery for the next day.

Granted, not high mileage, I know. Some people work out like this every day. On the other hand, I am very lucky to fit so much fun into a holiday weekend. Also, I am ordinarily a very low mileage runner. I have shared my 25 miles-per-week average with y'all; the rest of my races run on the pure joy of running (and perhaps some pig-headedness, ok).

But see, I can't do that this time around. A few days ago I got my Spartathlon entry confirmation! And now, I MUST train harder and faster or I won't make even the first cut-off in this race. So, I had to kick-start my training, and I did so with a brick. I really should already be pounding out the miles, but I can't fool myself (or anyone else that knows me) that I will find the time to run any kind of high mileage. It's just not going to happen. Still, I definitely need to increase the miles as well as the cross-training to stay injury free. So, the first brick is done. Hopefully, there will be many more to come this summer.


AnthonyP said...

Quite a kick-off to training ! Pounding the miles is always second to staying injury free. Best of luck with training !

Journey to a Centum said...

Great weekend for you!
So you got the Spartathlon bug when you went over last year. Good luck with your training.

Question - One of our running club members rolled her ankle in a stream this weekend while training for WR50. I know you have had issues with your ankles in the past. Can you tell me what type of ankle brace you run with? You can leave your comment here or email me at

Ian said...

Oh WOW Lisa, Sparthathlon. Congrats on getting it. Know you had a blast crewing Scott. Can't wait to cheer you on from a far. Maybe I'll dine in Chicago's Greek Town that week :-) See you next weekend

Bob Gentile said...
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Bob Gentile said...

Let the Madness begin!!!

This is madness. This is Sparta

Congrats for getting in Lisa, Game On!!!


Lisa B said...

Andy - Thanks. See you in Death Valley.

Eric - Here's the brace. It's an ASO ankle brace. Can be bought through among other places.

Thanks Ian! Don't forget to yell Oopah! See you real soon.

Bob - Ha! Funny funny funny! Scary Scary Scary! :)

Anonymous said...

Nice seeing you at Badwater, Lisa.

Just wanted to comment on a portion of the Coeur d' Alenes Trail being flooded. I've driven past there many times when I lived in the PNW (incredibly beautiful place).

Fire that canceled WS, flooding in DV that almost rerouted the race this year, and now a portion of the CDA Trail flooded...our Earth is really changing.

Best wishes with the Spartathlon.

Happy trails,

Connie Karras