vVO2max Comparator Tests 2006
If you remember at the very
end of August I took a power output test to see where I was regarding my
fitness. I'd taken a "mid-season rest" and now needed to second
peak for my final end of season rides.
In August I was churning out
278 watts but knew my maximum was around 300 watts and set this as an
objective for October. So I had to tailor my training to close the
gap over the coming weeks. Well here's the results of my test
taken the day before I left for the
cyclo. It's not meant to impress or anything like that, it's just
to give you an opportunity to see how a structured training programme
can help you meet your objectives and bring rapid results when needed.
The faded lines are the six-weeks
previous test and the bold lines are the test taken in early October.
You'll see from the bold green power line that there is a little waiver
around 4-5 minutes and this is due to the fact I went a little too hard
at 2:30 minutes and had to back off due to lactic build up. The
pink cadence line is pretty much to expectations. I had a pretty
big dip at 5:30 but re-focussed and virtually sprinted the last 30
seconds to get back on track. Boy did that hurt!
second test was a real grovel But then aren't they all? I'd
done some long intervals, some big-power hill work and some short
intense efforts. In fact my 20 second peak wattage is now peaking
at 790 watts and my absolute peak is reaching 940 watts. I raised
all my training markers in September, which is the month I usually begin
to wind down.
I was delighted to be right
on form and up to 299.7 watts (nearly 300!) for my final two events.
These figures clearly show the benefits of training and assessing
fitness with power meters. Would heart rate give the same results?