Brick Workout

I reserve Tuesdays for my early morning bike rides. It’s more of a challenge to get rides in on weekdays, there’s just less time. But at least one or two mornings per week, I get up at 5:20am and am on the trail/road by 6. That gives me a good hour before I need to be home getting ready for work.

This morning I decided to switch things up a bit. My rides have become pretty predictable, which is nice sometimes, but I needed something different this morning. I told myself I would do 10 hilly miles on the trail at a moderate/fast pace, then exchange my cycling shoes for tennis shoes and run 2 miles. A typical brick workout.

I’m not training for anything, but I’ve noticed that in some of our fitness classes recently that running after being on the spin bike really feels pretty good to my legs and presents more of a cardiovascular challenge at the end of a workout.

It was a great workout, and I was finished in just over an hour. I may start incorporating bricks into my training more often, if only just to break up my cycling routine a bit.

And here’s the great view I was able to photograph at the beginning and end of my ride:

sunriseJust another thing that gets me out of bed in the morning, besides a workout.



On My Fitness Philosophy

I’ve been around the world and back when it comes to exercise and being fit. There have been times when I didn’t know how to use a gym, when I thought running would make me thin, when I fell in love with Spinning, when I wanted to be a fitness instructor, when I thought low weights and high reps were the key to toning up…

And much more. And I’m only 25! In the past year, I can honestly say that I’ve come to a place I never thought I would be when it came to fitness. I workout a lot, I will admit that. But I love it, and 95% of the time, I know when enough is enough, when I need to take a break and I don’t beat myself up about it. Don’t get me wrong, I would be devastated if I had to take a large amount of time off, but I also know that life is not predictable and things happen that are outside of our control. I also know that after time off from working out, I come back stronger and more motivated than ever. (A lot of things in life are like that I think)

A little over a year ago I started going to a training studio that focused on TRX workouts and spinning. If you aren’t familiar with TRX suspension training, it’s high intensity full body workout that basically only requires your body weight and these nifty straps that attach to the ceiling. It is the most fun workout I have ever tried. For more information, I suggest watching a YouTube video about TRX.


Anyways, this place and this type of workout has changed the way I view fitness and the way that I workout. I’ve learned how to get the most “bang for my buck” exertion-wise, as well as how to break outside of my comfort zones in a smart way that shows improvement.

The way I knew this had changed my fitness life was when I started seeing improvements in my workouts that I did on my own. It’s one thing to make strides when you have an instructor guiding you and other class participants pushing along with you, but pushing your limits by yourself is a challenging thing. I think you have to learn what if feels like with the help of a trainer/instructor before you truly “get” what a hard workout really is.

I’m the happiest I’ve ever been with my health and fitness level. I took up cycling (which I’m planning on writing about) because of the people I met at this studio and it’s an exciting new endeavor that I would have thought to be crazy a few years ago.

I guess I wanted to write this post to document how I’m feeling in this moment in time. I’m amazed at how far I’ve come health-wise, and I am excited to get to move my body and gain strength as I see more results. I’ve learned to enjoy more things in moderation, break outside of my old comfort zone and become much more confident as a person.

I was a healthy person a year ago. But today, a year later, I’m at a place I didn’t know existed–physically and mentally. You never know until you try.