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2007 10:49 Uhr Seite 58 11 The Brick/Transition Run If it was easy, it would be easy. (Unknown) When an athlete decides to expand from a single discipline into three and become a triathlete, he or she will very shortly learn of “The Brick” and probably wonder where the term originated. The most common first guess is the most obvious – your legs feel like bricks when you get off the bike and try to take your first running steps. Or maybe it’s because you’re laying one workout on the other (the run on top of the bike) as you would with bricks.
Becoming a faster, more efficient biker is an ongoing project for everyone. There are no magic bullets that will do the trick overnight. However, if you build a training program that combines the proper distances with intervals and recovery and focuses on technique, the result will not only be a better bike time but a better quality run. And that will make you podium worthy. 2007 10:49 Uhr Seite 54 Photo: John Segesta BECOME AN IRONMAN ••• 54 Becoming Ironman Teresa Rider, 2006 45-49 Ironman World Champion 10 Faster Is Better: Running A successful Ironman Triathlon is all about the run.
Let’s take a look at an example of how a triathlete, looking ahead to a new season, might apply the principles of training in phases — “periodization” — in the quest to become an Ironman. The following time frames assume you’re aiming for an early-season Ironman, but you can easily adapt them for whatever your goal Ironman is. Base Phase (November – December) The objective of base training is to build the foundation for more intensive training to come. It allows the musculoskeletal system time to build a tolerance for hard work, and it teaches the muscles to burn fat as their primary fuel.
Becoming an ironman: triathlon by Cherie Gruenfeld