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brick workout at the gym question

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When I have a brick workout of a swim and then a run or bike and I'm doing it at the gym (or even if I was swimming in the ocean), how fast should I be trying to transition? I'm assuming I should leave my swim suit on, throw on some shorts and shoes and go, but is there anything more to it? Should I be trying to keep my HR up?
Any advice would be welcome! :)

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  • lol, I was just talking about this. Why is it called a brick? I was told it's b/c that's what your legs feel like, but I'm much more used to hearing people say "my legs feel like jello" or "they're rubber" and stuff like that. very contrary to brick feeling. I could understand if they said "b/c it feels like you have bricks in your shoes"

    posted over 2 years ago

  • it's a race simulation so if you can get it done quickly and safely you're good to go. no need to worry about your HR during the transition. FYI be careful wearing a swimsuit AND cycling shorts - cycling shorts are designed to be worn commando and might be uncomfortable to ride w/ a bathing suit on. the purpose of this workout is to get your body used to the sudden transition of blood flow from muscles from one sport to muscles needed in another quickly (i.e. cycling muscles to running muscles)

    posted over 2 years ago

  • Thanks, Joe. I did it as quickly as possibly without looking like a crazy person at the Y.
    If cycling shorts are meant to be worn commando, what do people wear during the actual race? Do they just throw some shorts on over their suit (like I did) or I know some just ride in their suit... in other words, grin and bear it?

    posted over 2 years ago

  • in reply to what Nancy said:Thanks, Joe. I did it as quickly as possibly without looking like a crazy person at the Y. If cycling shorts are meant to be worn commando, what do people wear during the actual race? Do they just throw some shorts on over their suit (like I did)... read more

    Triathlon shorts typically have a much thinner/smaller pad than cycling shorts (some have no pad). They are designed to not interfere with running and to dry quickly. I've learned to enjoy the funny looks from people around the gym when I do brick workouts!! Jump of the stationary bike and practically run over to the treadmill... get's you some silly looks sometimes!

    posted over 2 years ago

  • Scott, so you would do your swim, then throw on the tri shorts for the bike run?

    posted over 2 years ago | edited over 2 years ago

  • you'd wear the trishorts from start to finish - taht way you don't have to change outfits. like scott said they dry quickly, had some padding and work well for the run. putting on a dry cycling short on a wet body that is ina hurry is not easy though very comical to watch. and a cycling short used as a swimsuit will feel like a big soggy diaper on the run (and may cause severe chaffing - at least it has with me)

    posted over 2 years ago

  • Got it. So I need to look specifically for "tri shorts" I'll check it out, thanks for the great advice!

    posted over 2 years ago

  • Ted
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    When I do do my gym bricks/tris, I wear my jammers in the pool, do a quick rinse to get the chlorine off, a quick locker room change into cycling/running/tri gear, then move along. It is slower than during a race, but usually takes less than 5 minutes and everything is stowed properly in the locker. Not perfect, but that is the way it goes.

    posted over 2 years ago

  • What are jammers?

    posted over 2 years ago

  • Ted
    Ted Sendmail

    Thigh length speedo/swim suit

    posted over 2 years ago

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