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Brick workoutsRockyMountainRacer
Nov 1, 2002 12:15 PM
Okay, here's a question for all you 'cross people, as well as anyone who likes to do the run/bike workout:
What is the optimial order to do the workout in, run first, or bike first?

I've tried both. Conventional wisdom says to always do the higher-intensity exercise first, which would imply running first. However, there is also the consideration that cycling first is a good warm-up for the running. And then there is the consideration of the fact that running seems to tighten up your leg muscles while cycling loosens them. Going on that consideration you would think running first would be better.

What do others think?
I wouldn't say a brick is too applicable to 'crossbrider
Nov 1, 2002 2:03 PM
The thing about 'cross isn't so much the running itself (though it can be a factor, and the national champions in this area say to get your runnnig up to about 4-5 miles at a stretch before 'cross season hits), but the mounts and dismounts and being able to maintain momentum.

For triathletes, the main reason behind doing bricks is to get used to the feeling your legs will have coming off the bike, and being able to push through it. You don't have to get to event-length runs after rides to really benefit from bricks, just get to where you're well settled into the stride coming off the bike (maybe three miles or so). I used to do that after EVERY ride when I was in heavy triathlon mode.

One thing that may be suited to both is what we call brick intervals. Take your bike and a stationary trainer to the local running track. After a good warm up, ride the trainer hard for 15 minutes, then jump off and run a half mile, then jump back on and ride 10 minutes, run a half, etc. Very good for duathlon training as well, getting the legs used to the feeling of riding after running.

Hope that helps.
re: Brick workoutsda cyclist
Nov 1, 2002 3:48 PM
If you insist on doing a brick, it's bike then run. But the point of a brick is to get your legs used to running after riding for a triathalon. They don't really have any applicability to cyclocross.

By the time cross season comes around, it probably isn't that good of an idea to be running. It can be pretty hard on your body when you're trying to recover b/w races. Conventional cross wisdom is to do your running before the season starts and then taper.