wVO2max Power Profiles ~ Seniors

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
35 S Apr-09 107 66 350 333 5.05 12.9
35 S Sep-08 105 68 327 311 4.58 11.5
87 S Jun-05 100 67 321 306 4.56  
88 S May-05 108 70 326 310 4.44  
78 S Apr-08 92 69 316 301 4.36 10.2
78 S Sep-08 105 69 312 297 4.31 11.1
78 S Jul-05 94 69 307 292 4.24  
91 S Apr-05 104 72 316 301 4.18  
66 S Aug-07 107 70 301 287 4.10  
70 S Sep-05 92 87 360 343 3.96  
75 S Aug-05 85 67 272 259 3.88  
78 S Mar-07 93 70 285 271 3.88 9.2
91 S Mar-05 96 72 286 272 3.78  
64 S Jan-07 92 79 313 298 3.77  
82 S Jan-07 100 78 306 291 3.74  
97 S Apr-05 91 68 265 252 3.71  
66 S Oct-06 94 71 275 262 3.69 17.5
83 S Jul-05 98 71 275 262 3.69  
97 S Jan-05 89 68 263 250 3.68  
77 S Aug-05 98 85 328 312 3.68  
66 S Mar-07 98 71 270 257 3.62 17.1
64 S Jul-06 101 79 300 286 3.62  
39 S Jan-08 96 83 309 294 3.55 7.9
66 S Aug-06 95 72 268 255 3.54 19.1
78 S Sep-06 81 72 267 254 3.53 11.2
73 S Sep-05 97 69 254 242 3.51  
56 S Feb-07 98 80 292 278 3.48 13.3
82 S Jul-05 107 77 275 262 3.42  
66 S May-05 93 72 257 245 3.40 14.8
64 S Mar-06 96 80 276 263 3.29 14.4
60 S Sep-08 96 71 243 231 3.26 13.3
97 S Dec-05 80 68 231 220 3.24  
63 S Jun-06 96 81 275 262 3.23 9.4
32 S Dec-08 98 70 237 226 3.22 15.9
69 S Feb-06 92 63 213 203 3.22 9.3
60 S Sep-07 100 71 240 229 3.22 14.5
45 S Nov-07 90 75 248 236 3.15 7.1
60 S Mar-08 96 72 236 225 3.12 6.1
89 S Apr-05 104 75 245 233 3.11  
60 S Aug-06 86 72 234 223 3.10 13.3
56 S Oct-06 96 80 256 244 3.05 14.8
60 S Mar-07 94 72 230 219 3.04 13.8
50 S Nov-07 98 81 255 243 3.00 9.6
66 S Jan-06 99 73 228 217 2.97 14.8
50 S Jan-07 92 83 250 238 2.87 15.1
53 S Feb-07 95 96 288 274 2.86 17.5
53 S Nov-06 94 96 276 263 2.74 11.2
95 S Aug-06 86 96 271 258 2.69 14.1
42 S Nov-07 90 97 214 204 2.10 6.3
65 S Feb-06 90 108 206 196 1.82 12.2

 

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!