Cycling Power and Heart Rate Test
Is your training working for you? A field test performed every 6 to 8 weeks will help you determine whether or not your training is improving your performance.
- Have your heart rate and power zones defined in order to fine tune your training.
- 40 minute power session
- Followed by consultation
Running Heart Rate and Pace Test
Triathletes and runners have you ever wanted to know if your speed work, running mechanics drills are paying off??
- Have your heart rate and pace zones defined to help you achieve your running goals.
- 30 minute session
- Followed by consultation
The difference between a field test, VO2max Test, and a Lactate Test:
- VO2max is defined as the maximal volume of oxygen that the body can deliver to the working muscles per minute. This is an excellent measure of physical fitness because it provides a metric of efficiency. So if we think about the body as a machine, the muscles collectively are the engine. Just like a car engine, the muscles require a constant delivery of fuel (carbohydrates and fats) and oxygen (to aid in “burning” the fuel).
- VO2max. = HRmax x SVmax x (AOxy-VOxy)Aerobic exercise improves VO2max significantly. Interestingly, much of this improvement results from an increase in the size of the heart. So clearly, VO2max is a great measure of physical fitness. But it is a poor predictor of athletic performance.
- Lactate Testing is defined as the intensity of exercise at which lactate begins to accumulate in the blood at a faster rate than it can be removed. This is problematic because as a result, unbuffered acid is added to the blood, a condition that makes you feel like you have to vomit and stop right away. This happens when we crank up the intensity and you need more ATP than can produce at its maximal output. The only way to make up the difference of ATP is the increased Glycolysis which produces more lactate that spills into the blood stream.Lactate threshold is measured by either running on a treadmill or ride on a trainer while increasing the intensity of exercise every 3-5 minutes until exhaustion. During this test, a blood sample is taken from the ear lobe at the end of each stage and run through a lactate analyzer.
- The Field Test a field test is riding as fast as you can from point A to point B, similar to a time trial. Similarly you can start at point A and go as hard as you can for exactly 8 to 20 minutes, which is based off your Fitness Level. This can be done on the road or on a trainer. The key is to repeatability to determine if your training stress is improving your performance. You can perform a Field Test every 6 to 8 weeks. This is a great way to determine your baseline and see what you will need to improve on. The nice thing about the Field Test is with a good power meter and heart rate monitor on your bike you will have a portable lab at your finger tips. This will allow you to look at the data from your previous races, field tests, and training rides.