wVO2max Power Profiles ~ Ladies

Dateline June 2009. 

Vets
In my run up to tacking the Ventoux Masters, I've trimmed down to my fighting weight of 69 kilos (took some doing!) and have worked on my aerobic threshold to the exclusivity of everything else.  I've seen my sprinting and top end speed bleed away which has been painful but the reward is an all time high wVO2max and breaking through my previous ceiling of 300 watts.

Seniors
An absolute stunner of a test recorded a month or so back.  Big numbers and a scary noise coming from the ergo!  We've see out first 5+ w/kg.  Are you up to the challenge...

Below are a large selection of wVO2max power test results for the category headlined above. 

If you're a client you can look for your number and see where you fit in to the scheme of things.  If not you can look for patterns of numbers and their performance increases over a period of time.  If you want to have a go, and live in Jersey, send me an email and we'll organise a time for a visit.

The outputs below are tabulated on a power to weight ratio as this is a better indicator for comparing disparate riders than power output alone.  If you read the power factsheets, you'll see I've calculated Jens Voigt to be around 480 watts or 6.22 w/kg! 

It seems we still have a way to go, perhaps we should give up our day jobs.

 

                FTP Lactic Acid
  # Cat Test Date Cadence wt 6 min FTP w/kg mmol/l
84 L Jul-05 94 58 234 223 3.82  
44 L Apr-08 99 58 231 220 3.79 12.7
85 L Sep-08 93 53 211 201 3.79 11.8
84 L Oct-06 94 58 226 215 3.69 11.8
85 L Apr-08 99 56 211 201 3.59 7.6
44 L Sep-08 94 58 218 208 3.58 15.8
84 L Aug-06 94 58 219 209 3.57 12.9
85 L Oct-07 95 54 201 191 3.54 10.7
85 L Jun-05 104 54 195 186 3.43  
84 L May-07 101 61 215 205 3.36 14.9
52 L May-07 93 57 195 186 3.26 12.3
85 L Apr-07 90 56 191 182 3.25 12.7
44 L Oct-07 102 58 190 181 3.12 8.5
71 L Oct-08 93 65 204 194 2.99 17.5
28 L Feb-09 90 59 182 173 2.94 8.2
52 L Nov-06 82 58 176 168 2.89 18.7
71 L Oct-07 100 65 192 183 2.81 13.9
33 L Oct-08 86 65 176 168 2.58 14.0
71 L Jan-06 94 67 180 171 2.56 14.4
99 L Jan-05 77 53 135 129 2.43  
99 L Oct-05 79 53 128 122 2.30  
99 L Jan-05 91 53 120 114 2.15  

 

Where do you think you would sit in the power profile chart above?  If you really want to know it will take 45 minutes of your time, me two hours of mine, and cost almost nothing at 20!  A bargain seeing as you'll pay up to 125 for the same test taken in the UK.

Hopefully most of the headings are obvious. 

The 6 min column, shows the average wattage sustained for the period of the wVO2max (wattage at VO2max) test. 

The FTP column is each individual's calculated threshold power and the FTP min/w/kg gives each individuals threshold power to weight ratio.  This ratio is a fantastic indicator of an athlete's potential and current fitness. 

The lactic Acid column indicates an individual's blood lactate measurement at the end of their test. 

I've put my initials next to my results just so you can see how good or bad I am and rate yourself accordingly!