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Latest vo2 max test results.

Last week I revisited the incredible team at Surrey Human Performance Institute for a vo2 max test. My last one was in June, when my vo2 max was 47.5 at a power of 240 watts. I was in the middle of my racing season so took on board the new training program as much as I could but with races every other weekend this wasn’t always easy. Have a look at my plan here.

When my season ended in September I really concentrated on performing anaerobic threshold sessions at a hear rate of 150 – 155 and a wattage of 180 – 200 watts. I have been doing one or two of these sessions a week along with hill sprints and strength and conditioning to build the power in my legs, i am now going to change tact and concentrate on getting in a long endurance ride every week and increasing my leg speed on tempo rides when my heart rate will be low and in a fat burning zone and my leg speed high. This will improve my oxygen use and my cycling efficiency.

After my latest VO2 max test my new VO2 max is 50.7 at a power output of 280 watts. This is a great improvement and i feel happy that all the hardwork working at AT has paid off! I think it also highlights the importance of knowing your numbers and working within heart rate zones as my performance has improved, lets just wait and see how this transfers into racing!

My new anaerobic threshold is 229 watts and a heart rate of 145 – 150. I am now working on my new training program ready for my first race in March.

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V02 Max Test

Last week I had  a V02 Max Test (the maximum capacity of an individual’s body to transport and use oxygen during incremental exercise, which reflects the physical fitness of the individual) with Surrey Human Performance Institute.

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I had felt recently that my training had plateaued especially since trying to encompass training for Ride London in August with cross country racing.

My VO2 Max came out at 47.5 ml/kg/min at a power output of 241 watts. I was very please that this was a good result in the good category at the higher end of the scale as my Dad had said his VO2 was low and with it being linked to genetics I was suspecting mine to be slightly lower than this.

The summery of my results can be seen below:

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My Anaerobic Threshold (AT) lies at a power output of 184 watts and a heart rate of 150 – 155 bpm to improve this i need to train around this threshold for around 30 – 40 mins twice a week.

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It was really interesting performing the VO2 max test and the data has been very valuable in moving my training forward i will use my new programme to help increase my performance. I have decided to concentrate on improving my AT, maximal aerobic power, lactate clearance and endurance as i feel at the moment these three sessions will have the more effect on both my long distance work and racing.

Thank you to SHPI for taking the time to do the test with me! I will keep you updated on my progress with my new training programme.

Training Programme