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She's a Brick House

by Meghann on May 16, 2010

My sprint triathlon is officially a week from today! Yikes!

This triathlon has been a little difficult to train for because I have had so much fun learning new forms of exercise such as strength training, hot yoga, etc. along the way. But, don’t worry I still feel very prepared. I think the cycling classes and open water swims have helped. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I know I needed to get at least one more brick work out in before the big day and this morning was my only opportunity to squeeze it in.


I loaded the bike up early this morning and headed to my favorite trail.



The plan was to start with a 12 mile bike ride and finish with a 3 mile run. Since I am sans garmin at the moment, I picked a trail with labeled mile markers to know when my turn around point should be.


I took the bike ride very easy. Other cyclists kept zooming past me, but I prefer to soak everything in. ๐Ÿ™‚


After the 12 mile ride, I quickly loaded my bike into the car, threw my running shoes on, and took off on the 3 miles.


My legs felt like mush. I wish I did have my garmin because I felt like I was moving sooo slow! But, I know from past experience that that’s not always the case during a brick. Sometimes you’ll feel really slow, but actually you’re running at your normal, steady pace.


The brick work out was a killer. I wish I had time to do more before the big day, but for now this will have to do. ๐Ÿ™‚

When I returned home Derek had a lovely breakfast waiting for me to dig into.


He loaded up some eggs with spinach, broccoli, tomato, and carrots. The combination was A-MA-ZING! All the veggies gave the eggs such great flavor.


With the eggs I prepared a fruit salad of pineapple, oranges, raisins, and plain yogurt.


In an attempt to save some dough, I purchased a generic container of non-fat plain yogurt at Whole Foods the other day.


Blah. I was not a fan. This doesn’t even compare to my usual plain Stonyfield. Sometimes the good stuff is worth the extra $$ and I learned my lesson with yogurt. You will not see me drifting away from Stonyfield again. ๐Ÿ™‚

Last, but not least I had some toasted Arnold’s Thins with strawberry jam.



Derek and I are taking it easy for the rest of the day. We’ve already cleaned the apartment (sort of) and plan on grocery shopping walking, and being lazy.

Have a great Sunday everyone!!

1 britchickruns May 16, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Good workout!
I agree on quality over ยฃยฃ – sometimes it is worth spending that bit extra. There’s no point buying it if you don’t enjoy it!
Have a good day ๐Ÿ™‚

2 Sana May 16, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Good luck on your Tri!!!

3 Carrie @ I See Monsters May 16, 2010 at 12:08 pm

If you are ready to replace your Garmin,’s Deal of the Day today is the Forerunner 305 for only $125. Just click on “Today’s Deals” on the home page.

I totally agree about spending more for the good stuff. Some things are just “worth it.”

4 theprocessofhealing May 16, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Brick workouts do sound hard! And I agree, the extra money is definitely worth it with certain things, yogurt being one of them. I practically live off of Greek yogurt and it’s expensive but I like it SO much better than regular yogurt!

5 Jenny May 16, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Agreed- stoyfield is the best! At least when it comes to non Greek yogurts:)

6 Bernadette May 16, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Good job on your brick!! I can’t wait to read all about the TRI, how exciting!!

I thought I’d let you know that the Garmin 305 is only $125 on Amazon right now with free shipping… I can’t believe how much they’ve come down! Had I only known….

Have a great relaxing day!!

7 gavrielski May 16, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Congratulations on your brick workout! I know you’ll be ready and excited for your triathlon. And your breakfast looks incredible–I may be recreating that shortly! Enjoy your day of relaxation! ๐Ÿ™‚

8 Katherine: What About Summer? May 16, 2010 at 1:22 pm

your legs are looking good! very in shape I’m so impressed

9 Nicole May 16, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Your breakfast looks amazing, so nice to have a boy cook for you! Until you are with a garmin again you could use Mapmyrun to look at mileage and mentally have an idea where the .5, 1, 1.5 mi, etc markers are and just wear a regulator watch and do the calculations. I know, a little more time involved but it would give you an idea?

10 Meghann May 17, 2010 at 2:08 pm

I used to use back in the day and loved it, but now that i’m not using it regularly I’ve been lazy at looking at routes.

11 Emily May 16, 2010 at 3:17 pm

I am not a huge fan of that 365 yogurt, either. There’s a brand called Mountain High made locally here near Denver, it’s always cheaper than Stonyfield or the other “name brands,” and while it’s not organic, there’s no RGBH–every time I stray away I am also disappointed!

12 Diana@mymarblerye May 16, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Is Derek still running?

13 Derek May 16, 2010 at 8:46 pm

I am…not as much as mega marathon meghann though =)

14 Kellie May 16, 2010 at 3:26 pm

I have learned sometimes it is better to pay a little more for the good stuff. There are certain things I will splurge on, even if I don’t like spending the extra money.

15 biz319 May 16, 2010 at 3:45 pm

I’ve learned that you definitely have to splurge on good yogurt – totally worth the $$!

Have fun relaxing with Derek today!

16 Jen May 16, 2010 at 3:52 pm

wanted to let you know I made your pb dipping sauce yesterday AND today! umm DELICIOUS!! plus I added cinnamon which just added an awesome touch!

17 eatdrinkandbemerrynyc May 16, 2010 at 4:10 pm

That looks DELISH! And the workout sounds INTENSE!!! I totally know what you mean about the yogurt, some things you just have to spend more money on….very true!

18 eatdrinkandbemerrynyc May 16, 2010 at 4:12 pm

PS!!!!) The first bird you were holding in the aviary is a sun conure and I used to have one when I was little! Hilarious! I nearly died when I saw the picture!!! They are LOUD!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

19 Sarah (Enjoying One Meal at a Time) May 16, 2010 at 5:33 pm

That looks great! Perfect after a morning out and about!

20 Lisa @ bakebikeblog May 16, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Congrats on a great brick workout!!
And I just read about your dolphin adventures yesterday…..what an amazing day ๐Ÿ™‚

21 Julie @ Pickley Pear May 16, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Well done training bike/run today! Looks like a gorgeous day too. Lovely breakfast, what a guy!!

22 Evelyn @ cheers2healthy May 16, 2010 at 6:05 pm

I know what you mean about the brick workouts being killer! I have only had two so far and they pretty much wipe me out and I feel like I’m trying to “recover” the rest of the day (by eating & sleeping lots). Good luck with your tri!!!

23 GM May 16, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Breakfast looked very yummy!

24 Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 16, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Amazing workout! I can only imagine how lead-like your legs felt during the run!
That’s so sweet bf made breakfast for you like that and had it waiting! ๐Ÿ™‚ It looks very good!
Generic brands are definitely hit and miss. Sometimes I actually prefer the generic brand with certain things, but it definitely requires testing things.

25 missyrayn May 16, 2010 at 7:50 pm

I love just throwing random veggies in eggs.

Congrats on your BRICK! That is a huge accomplishment.

26 L.A. Daze May 16, 2010 at 8:09 pm

I love bricks! I noticed though that you don’t have a little bike bag with a flat tire kit in there – unless you carry it in your jersey? Definitely a must have in case you get a flat!

27 Meghann May 17, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I know, i really need to get one. I also need to purchase a bike pump ๐Ÿ™‚

28 Chase @ The Chase Project May 16, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Good luck with the Triathlon! I’m sure you’ll crush it! Can’t wait to hear the recap!

29 runningwithsass May 16, 2010 at 9:13 pm

good job! I hate the jello leg feeling!

30 Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) May 17, 2010 at 3:04 am

So excited to hear about your triathalon! I really want to try one someday. I am just so nervous about the swim!!!

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