July 14, 2011

Just Brick it!

My schedule called for a 3hr bike/30min. run brick on Tuesday, so after I dropped my boys off at summer camp, I got ready.

Now, we have been having these CRAZY thunderstorms every day for the past week.  They aren't just any rain storm, but have tons of lightning, hail, thunder, and massive amounts of rain falling in a short period of time.  So, when I looked at the sky and saw this, I was a bit worried.

This picture really doesn't do it justice, but the sky was completely dark gray with ominous looking clouds all around me.  For a brief minute I thought about bagging the ride and doing a long run instead, but then Jon's post [HERE] rang through  my mind.  NO bagging the ride for me!!

I quickly looked on weather.com and it said the rain wouldn't start until 1.  It was 8:30A, I had a 3hr. ride...I was good to go!

I decided to stay close to my house in case the skies decided to open up, so I found an hour loop around the Cherry Creek State Park.  It ended up being a pretty good loop, but there are several hills throughout the loop and my legs REALLY started to feel them by the 3rd loop.

The rain never came during my ride, and by the time I got home the sky looked like this:
 
I was happy to be done with the ride and so glad that I didn't bag it earlier because it ended up being perfect riding weather!
Then, it was time to run.  The sun had come out and so had the humidity!  It was SOOO humid and hot!    I only had a 30min run to do, so I took off from my house and just started running.  My legs felt so wobbly, but after 5 min. or so they started feeling a little better.  But, I have to admit that those hills on my bike ride really took a toll on my legs and my running pace wasn't too great!  Ugh!  Plus, I was so stinking HOT!  But, I did it!!  Woohoo!

19 comments:

Dawn said...

WOOHOOO!!!
I have done so many bricks lately...I'm all bricked out:)
Good job on not quitting before you started. A little thunderstorm is nothing;);) You rode it away:)

Molly said...

Great job!!! Bricks really do help train our bodies to do what we need them to do on race day - you're gonna be so ready!

Megan said...

I love it when the sun comes out mid workout - it naturally pumps me up and makes me happy!

Deb said...

Nice job! I've learned to stop bagging workouts because the weather looks like it *might* turn bad. Usually it's perfect.

Christi said...

The weather has been really messing with my after work rides. However, I will take the rain!

Congrats on a great brick!

Julie said...

Great job on the storm chasing, Aimee... Or beating the storm. You would have been so disappointed if you bagged it and then the weather turned out so great.

I haven't done a brick in a month...and I'm not sad about it :-)

ShutUpandRun said...

Good for you getting it done. What training plan are you using or did you go with a coach? You probably already said this somewhere. I love following your training!

Christy said...

Awesome job!!!

Tiffany @ Tiffany's Spartanette Training said...

Brick it, baby! I love it when the weather cooperates, but I feel your pain on the heat and humidity. Way to get it done, against all odds!

Michelle Simmons said...

Keep that up! Consistency is key! :)

misszippy said...

And you're strong for it, too! Great work--IM here you come!

Alisa said...

Great work!

I think brick runs are supposed to feel slow and hard =). Especially after 3 hours of riding with HILLS.

Can't wait to see photos of the house!

Julie said...

This weather is CRAZY!!!! I went out on my bike last night and got about 35 minutes into my ride when it started raining lightly...just going on what it had been doing the last few days I hightailed it home...you know it...this time it blew over and became beautiful!

Teamarcia said...

Nice work! I too have a hard time judging the weather lately and have had to outrun a very black sky too many times. Scary! Glad you got it all in though.

TRI714 said...

woot !!

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Jon said...

Nice job and way to get it done! Glad that the weather worked out and thanks for the plug :)

Welcome to Ironman training :)

Cynthia O'H said...

It's hard to play to the weather. I've learned to just go as planned and hope for the best. If things get worse, you can always seek shelter and cry for help.
Way to stick it out!

Ironman By Thirty said...

Way to get out there and get it done!