Loppet Foundation

Women’s Summer “Brick” Training Session

Workout sessions would focus on some creative “Brick workouts” including a variety of mountain/road biking, running and strength training (possible canoe session too).The focus of the training group is preparing for the Tri-Loppet race, although the workouts can be beneficial for anyone who wants to increase their fitness.

  • Meeting Place: Wirth Beach
  • Session Date: Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. June 7 –  July 19 (7 sessions)
  • Typical Workout Session:
    • 20 minutes strength (we will do core, leg and arm body weight strength)
    • 30 minutes trail running (15 minutes focused on intensity/intervals)
    • 1 hour of biking (last 20 minutes focused on intensity/intervals)
    • 10 minute stretch (focus on some yoga stretching)
    • First few sessions will review some mountain bike skills.
  • Ability Level: Beginner to advanced fitness level athletes are welcome. Some experience with mountain biking and trail running is helpful.
  • Equipment Needed: Mountain bike and trail running shoes.
  • Cost: $140 or $150 after May 27
  • Coach: Kim Rudd

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About Brick Training:

Triathlon is a sport that combines three separate disciplines, which means the training sessions need to be able to incorporate more than one event. Two of the main focuses of triathlon training are the long runs and rides and the brick workout. I would like to talk about the brick workout, as it is one of the most overlooked parts of training for a triathlon, yet puts the most stress on your body.

A brick workout refers to the stacking of two disciplines during the same workout, one after the other with minimal to no interruption in between. As you switch modes of exercise, your body needs to effectively and efficiently prepare for the next demand while recovering from the previous exercise demand. Your heart rate increases significantly as your body tries to shift the blood flow from the muscles of the first exercise to the demands of the muscles of the next. Brick workouts help your body handle the aerobic, anaerobic, and muscular demands of a triathlon event.

For the triathlete, the most obvious reason to brick train is that this routine follows the specificity principle of training. You do not compete in each phase of the race in isolation. The transition is almost a fourth discipline. You need to train accordingly and practice these transitions from one exercise to another within your training regimen. For the non-triathlete, this style of training is a great way to increase your calorie burn. You can burn close to fifteen calories per minute based on a vigorous effort on both the cycling and the running ends of the workout.