Now, that we know what a brick workout is, let's do it a few more times.
Coach primed us before this brick workout with words of encouragement like "I did this workout every saturday for 3 months to help train for my triathlon!". What we really learned is that our Coach is a psycho triathlete, and loves pain (but so do I, well kinda). When I got out to my car at 7am that morning, my cup of tea slid off my car due to all the frost on the outside of my car. Yep, it was going to be one of those type of days (hey, I thought this was San Diego!)
So, the plan was do about a 30 mile bike (from A to B to C back to A: http://tinyurl.com/9x74n), followed by a 3-6 mile run... UP Iron Mountain. Key word being up. First off, the bike was not easy. It was really hilly. There was one hill that made the Scripps Poway Parkway look like a mound on a golf course (ok, maybe not like that, but it was definitely bigger, and definitely steeper).
Then, the run - wow. Ok, Iron mountain - is definitely no golf mound neither. I actually spent at least half my time walking up this thing. The coach did tell us in the beginning that it was worth making it to the top just to check out the view. Well, low and behold, a crew of 4 of us made our 3 mile walk/run/hike way up the hill, and were astonished. We were 20 miles inland from the beach, and we could still see the great blue pacific ocean. Here is a panaramic view of what we saw (only it was more clear when we were up there): http://www.nealwatkins.net/hiking/iron.shtml Total Elevation change on the run: 2696 ft.
Again, standard saturday operation procedure: go home, stretch, eat, pass out. Awesome times as always.