After surviving the first part of my week, I had a VO2 Max Test on Friday…
For those of you who have not had a VO2 Max Test before, it is painful. Including the warm-up and cool down, the actual time in the saddle is only about 30 minutes with less than 10 minutes of that being the painful part. During the painful part of the test, the power is increased every minute while the cadence (revolutions per minute) is suppose to remain the same (ideally 85-90 rpm). I successfully made it through 260 Watts for an entire minute, but when the power was increased to 280 Watts, I only made it about 20 seconds before my cadence REALLY dropped off and my legs just quit spinning.
Improvements in my test from last year to this year:
- I was able to push through more power this year…last year I barely made it through the 240 Watts minute before my legs quit spinning.
- I have trained my body to successfully burn fat at the same rate in both Zones 2 & 3.
Areas I still have to work on:
- Maintaining a smooth pedal stroke…my pedal stroke is lacking fluidity 😦
- Increasing my comfortable riding cadence from about 80 rpm to closer to 90 rpm…my “happy” cadence seems to be about 81-82 rpm. If I am going to set myself up for a successful run I will need to increase that cadence to about 90 rpm to be more efficient and conserve more energy for the run.
Have you ever had a VO2 Max Test? If so, what are your thoughts of them? If not, would you consider one?
Week #9 Totals (busy work week=few workouts):
Swim: 2800 yards
Bike: 53.1 miles
Run: 16.0 miles
Strength Training: 2 hours
Hot Yoga: 1 hour & 30 minutes
Week #9 in the green 😉
Swim: 9.66 miles
Bike: 215.62 miles
Run: 70.95 miles
Strength Training: 8 hours & 15 minutes
Hot Yoga: 7 hours & 30 minutes
2 months of not missing a workout = SUCCESS!!