Monday, February 4, 2008

VO2 Max Test

At the Sports Factory with Matt Russ. Reger was there to get beat up on the run and bike as well. I wanted to take this test to see where my fitness level currently is, give me a base line for the begining of the season, get an accurate Anaerobic Threshold for training intensities and compaire them with the results I get from the CTS field tests.

Joe had his running test first and put out some serious effort, highest hr I've ever seen out of him. He's posted details here - . I took on the bike first to let Joe recover. Initially the mask was very uncomfortable and felt very labored in breathing. Inhaling was fine (fresh air) but the exhail was difficult even at a very easy pace. The test is just a consistent pedaling cadence (85 rpm) for as long as possible while wattage is increased - go until you drop. It takes maybe 10+ minutes. My numbers:

Aet (low end aerobic training zone start) - 30ml, hr 149, 700 calories an hour
AT (point at which I can no longer sustain intensity past this point) - 47.4ml, hr 182, 1107 calories
VO2 Max (at peak effort) - 60.5ml, hr 197, 1411 calories

I currently don't have any numbers to compare these too but hope to to see changes by mid season. This seems to be a much more accurate AT(or LT) based on my riding experience than what my field test show. What's interesting to me is that Reger has the same bike AT HR that I do so our training zones should be similar however, he gets more oxygen than I do at that level.

I was also instructed that my P90X training was extremely counter productive to the cycling (which I knew) and was hurting my power to weight ratio. But I look better (which may be more important?)!

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