5 Dangers of Neglecting Triathlon Brick Workouts

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  • Jun 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

5 Dangers of Neglecting Triathlon Brick Workouts--.jpgA triathlon brick workout refers to the combination of training two (or three if you’re up for the challenge) disciplines during one workout. While most athletes generally do a bike/run brick workout, it can be any combination of the three sports.

The term brick workout refers to the brick-like feeling in your legs as you push yourself through different workouts. If you’re doing a triathlon brick workout and you feel like you’re running with cement blocks tied to your feet, you’re doing it right!

So why is brick training important? Not only does it help you get into your race day routine, but it’s also the perfect way to train your muscles to respond accordingly. These are just a few reasons why triathlon brick training should be a component of your regular workout routine.

Without brick training…

1. You Won’t Know What to Expect

You want to set yourself up for the greatest success on race day. Mimicking the exact conditions you’ll face is a great way to get your mind and body ready. Participating doesn’t just take a physical toll on your body, but also a mental one. Properly training your body and your mind for race day will help you achieve success.

When you’re underprepared, completing the race is much harder. When you set yourself up knowing exactly what to expect, your results will improve.

2. You Won’t Be as Fast

Brick workouts are an effective way of improving your time. You can do all the strength training in the world, but when it comes down to it, the training that will matter the most is how you prepared your muscles to handle the specific requirements of the actual race.

Your muscles will be more equipped to handle the stress and pressure of combining all three sporting components when you subject them to the actual environment they will face during the triathlon.

3. You Won’t Transition as Effectively

Your transition time is calculated in your overall triathlon time. Don’t waste it unnecessarily—master you transitions with triathlon brick training. By training your transitions properly, you’ll be able to reduce your time spent changing from sport to sport.

When you train for triathlon transitions, you’ll learn your specific, personal needs for transitioning. You’ll come to understand exactly what you need to do; your transition times will be reduced as a result of your efficiency. It will become like second nature. 

4. You’ll Get Tired More Easily

When your muscles and mind aren’t ready for the race, it’s easy to get exhausted. Training your body can keep you from tiring quickly. Muscle fatigue can be detrimental to your race, slowing you down and making it harder for you to go on. Fight workout fatigue and prepare your body for your next triathlon with brick workouts.

5. You’ll Be Uncomfortable

While you’re out of breath and pushing through the pain, the last thing you want is to add extra discomfort. By understanding what your body is going through, it’ll be easier come triathlon day to know what to expect. This will help to make your body and mind more at ease in the sporting environment. To achieve this, triathlon brick training is essential to make yourself comfortable for the swim, bike, and run.

Additionally, brick training will also help you become more comfortable transitioning through the movements. After biking for so long, it’s hard to get your legs out of the continuous cyclic motion. Practising before the triathlon will help your legs become comfortable settling into a running pace, after swimming and biking beforehand.

Topics: Triathlon Training


Matt Cook

Matt Cook

Father of 3 and former competitive swimmer, Matt completed his first Ironman 70.3 in 2013 in Muskoka. He has since completed another 70.3 and is planning on doing a full Ironman in 2016 or 2017. Matt took up triathlons for the challenge, to relax and to just to stay in shape so he can enjoy life with his family.

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