It's been embarrassingly long since my last brick workout, but I finally remedied that tonight with a spin class/run workout. I wasn't sure how my legs would feel on the run and was surprised with how strong I felt and the pace I was able to maintain.
This is the second week in a row that I've taken spin class with Cindy and she teaches an awesome class. Unlike some other instructors who seem to have no clue, she has a knowledgeable approach that seems to relate to "real" riding. Her classes are heavy on intervals with a lot of high resistance riding and simulated hills. Because I haven't been able to ride outside I've been making sure to push as hard as possible during my classes and tonight was no exception.
As class was coming to a close and the other riders were going through their stretching routines, I started the clock on T2. Before class I'd placed my bag at the edge of the room with everything I needed for my run. I tried to simulate the urgency of race day but I can't say it was my fastest transition; for now I'll blame it on all the extra stuff I needed for a night run in the semi-cold (headlamp, gloves, Road ID, reflective singlet, etc.). Once I was all suited up I hit the road for roughly 4.5 miles at an 8:15 pace and it felt great: I could hardly tell that I had just been riding for an hour.
I'm not sure that I'll incorporate a weekly brick workout through the winter, nor do I think I need to until training really kicks up. Nonetheless, tonight was definitely a confidence building training session. It reminded me how far I've come as a triathlete and let me know that the base I've been working on this winter is strong.