With the launch of running season behind me and a Shamrock Shuffle 8k PR in my pocket, it is time to dive into some more serious training. Ok, so probably not super serious, but definitely more time consuming! I took the time to schedule out my workouts leading up to the half marathon on May 5th and sprint triathlon on June 16. I am behind a bit in long runs, but have a weather dependent 10 miler scheduled for tomorrow with a friend. On the calendar for today, my first BRICK of the year!
Unfortunately, I had a conference call this AM and missed my new spin class and the weather was not conducive to busting out my bike. Total bummer because it’s almost May and my bike is still hanging up in the garage. Since I am new to joining the park district, I sometimes forget about the resources I have access to for training. When I arrived this morning, I asked if I could use the spin room for my workout. They said that’d be fine but since the room was locked, it didn’t work out. They mentioned that there are spin bikes, with clips in the gym that were currently empty.
I walked over to the bikes and discovered this high-tech spin bike.
Have you seen anything like this?
Since It’s been over a year since I had a gym membership, I have not. I flipped through some of the programs and got started with an endurance ride. However, the ride was pretty boring and so 10 minutes in, I switched to intervals. It was much more engaging to have the instructor in the video pushing me along, but the music was pretty lame. He claimed it was to help me ‘relax my upper body’. Personally, I prefer something a little more upbeat, so I plugged into my ipod while following the directions written on the screen. After 45 minute, I was sweating and pleased with my ride. Not as exiting as a spin class but definitely better than pedaling away alone on a stationary bike!
I changed my shoes, wiped down the bike, and found my way to the track for a 15 minute run. Ahh…now I remember why this workout is called a BRICK. It took me about 8 minutes to get into my groove, but the last half of the run left me feeling strong! It was definitely a solid workout considering I had to stay indoors. Here’s to hoping the rest of this year’s BRICKS can take place outside! We had late lunch plans, so I came home to shower and have a quick snack. I was craving a banana and almond butter, but my banana was super mushy…yuck! So I mashed it up, stirred in the almond butter and a dash of cinnamon.
I know it probably doesn’t look appetizing, but I dug in with a spoon and it tasted awesome! The perfect carb/protein combo to tide me over until lunch.
What was your workout today?
Any random post workout snacks that you like?