Yesterday, I did my long brick. I was originally scheduled to do a 4 hour bike / 1 hour run, but I decided against doing the full workout. I really wasn’t prepared for that sort of distance yet, so I backed off a bit. I ended up doing a 3 hour bike ride and 30 minute run. I wanted to go longer on the run, but as it was, it was after 6:00 and I was starving.
After lunch, I fell asleep on the couch which caused me to get a letter than planned start. I headed out just before 2 pm. My plan was to bike the White Pine Trail again. This meant that I would be biking straight into the wind for the first half of the ride. The wind yesterday was around 15mph gusting up to 30mph, so it made for a pretty chilly ride. I rode the trail further than ever, almost reaching Sand Lake (it goes all the way to Cadillac, but is only paved to Big Rapids). I turned around 28 miles in which would give me 56 miles for the total out and back. The ride back was much more pleasant, but there was still a bit of a cross wind depending on the direction of the trail. My splits were 1:40:01 on the out and 1:26:46 on the back, so it was over 13 minutes faster with the wind at my back.
After finishing the bike, I took a longer than normal 30 minute break before starting the run. Because it was so cold out, my feet were numb when I got home and I wanted to let them warm up a bit before trying to run. I took the time to grab some peanut butter and graham crackers to try and appease my grumbling stomach. Once changed, fed, and warmed up, I headed out again. The run went pretty well. My knee (oddly my right knee, not my left knee that usually give me trouble) gave me a bit of trouble 2 miles in. I walked for about a tenth of mile, the pain went away, and I was able to run the rest of the way. I ended up with 4 miles at a 8:17 pace.
As soon as I got home, I threw a Red Baron pizza in the oven and hopped in the shower. I had the house to myself because Jennie was at a bachelorette party. After eating the entire pizza, I laid around and watched TV for the rest of the night.