VO2max Power Profiles

Each athlete who undertakes a VO2max test (Ramp Test, Conconi Test. Maximal Aerobic Power Test, or whatever name you want to call it) has their total test wattage, heart rate and cadence measured, recorded and analysed. 

The downloaded data is fed in to one of may many (sad) sexy speadsheets with regression formulae used to calculate a multitude of thresholds and ratios which can be used to enhance training performance depending on the requirements of the athlete and the equipment at their disposal.  Below is a sample test recording, without details!

Obviously the two ways of improving relative VO2max are to lose weight or increase power output.  One being infinitely easier than the other.  The table below shows a sample of athletes tested to give an indication of the ranges and abilities currently racing.  For those that take a test a full explanation of the datalogged information, and how best to analyse it to increase performance, is given.  If you would like to take a test or discuss whether, or which, one is right for you, please click here

 
        MAP VO2max VO2max Approx Relative
  # Cat kilos Power Abs Relative FTP FTP
86 V 67 310 3.97 59.29 233 3.47
38 V 65 293 3.78 58.13 220 3.38
TW 100 V 69 310 3.97 57.57 233 3.37
76 V 77 342 4.34 56.33 257 3.33
33 V 75 332 4.22 56.31 249 3.32
92 V 77 335 4.26 55.29 251 3.26
77 V 81 338 4.29 52.98 254 3.13
98 V 70 292 3.77 53.81 219 3.13
76 V 84 350 4.43 52.72 263 3.13
59 V 90 362 4.56 50.67 272 3.02
68 V 87 340 4.31 49.59 255 2.93
80 V 74 280 3.63 49.05 210 2.84
81 V 89 330 4.20 47.19 248 2.78
67 V 87 293 3.78 43.43 220 2.53
               
               
78 S 71 358 4.52 63.66 269 3.78
45 S 75 363 4.58 61.02 272 3.63
70 S 87 413 5.14 59.35 310 3.58
69 S 65 285 3.69 56.77 214 3.29
97 S 68 280 3.63 53.38 210 3.09
  73 S 71 292 3.76 53.00 219 3.08
                 
                 
  85 L 51 233 3.10 60.78 175 3.43
85 L 54 223 2.98 55.19 167 3.10
  71 L 65 232 3.08 47.42 174 2.68
  71 L 67 239 3.16 47.19 179 2.68

 

Clients, who have unique ID numbers, can build up a picture of where they sit in relation to those they race against and by how much they have to improve if they want to stay ahead of the game.  To help you get a better understanding of where you might be, my figures are represented by client number 100.

But what do the headings mean?  Cat & kilos, obviously describe the racing category each rider is in and their weight when tested; VO2max Power is a derivation of the penultimate ramp power and the number of seconds spent at the final ramp power before exhaustion; VO2max abs, is the absolute measurement of oxygen consumption in litres per minute; VO2max relative, is VO2max relative to the riders body weight and is measure in millilitres per kilogramme per minute; Economy is the working efficiency of the tested riders "engine", VO2max Power divided by the VO2max abs; Relative Power, is VO2max Power divided by the riders body weight; and the WCPP Index is a measure of VO2max Power in relation to the riders body surface area!

All the above sounds very complicated and a little overwhelming to those that see it for the first time.  But the information, once analysed and understood, tells you exactly where you need to train to get the best return on your training investment.

The above is only a sample of the information provided from the test.  If you really want to find out how your body works and want to "see" as well as "feel" your heart deflection point and lactic threshold why not take a test?  Where do you think you would sit in the chart?  If you really want to know it will cost you 45 minutes of your time and 10!  Send an email to coach@flammerouge.je and we'll get back to you to help you decide if a test is right for you.