Ask the Coach – Sore Calves and Bricks
Welcome back to the weekly ‘Ask the Coach’ column! This week we’re talking about sore muscles and brick workouts. I’ve also included a free workout for you!
Q1) I have a race coming up and my calves are super sore. How should I train for the week to let my calves recover but get the training in that I need? – Michele
Q2:I hear triathletes talk about “brick” workouts. I have no idea what they’re talking about. Can you fill me in? -Tim
- It’s how your legs feel at the start of a run after a bike ride
- The kind of workout was popularized by Dr. Matt Brick
- Named by Mark Sisson and Scott Zagarino one day in 1988 after they completed a Bike-Run workout “Just another brick in the wall”.
- You can do a swim-bike brick or a swim-bike-run brick, or even a swim-run brick, but most commonly triathletes will train in the same order that they will race.
Here’s a free bike-run brick workout for a sprint or olympic distance triathlon or duathlon.
Set up a transition area as you would on race day.
- Bike 6 miles, run one mile (do this one easy to warm-up) rest 5 minutes then
- Bike 6 miles, run one mile (this is a moderate to moderate-hard pace), rest 5 minutes
- Bike 6 miles, run one mile (do this hard – finish strong)
- Easy spin or jog/walk 10 minutes to cool down.