In celebration of a positive annual 2012 physical, I decided to do a follow-up VO2 max test with POTENTRx in Seattle. The test today went great, and I learned lots of new things about my personal fitness, and fitness in general, just as I always do during these tests. I’d love to share some of what I learned here, as anyone who cross-trains, does triathlons, or otherwise participates in more than one sport will likely be interested by some of what I learned today.
I decided that since I’ve been cycling a fair amount lately, I’d like to get a baseline VO2 max on a stationary bike, as opposed to a test on an elliptical trainer like I did back in July 2011, when I got a dismal result of 24.9. I’ve posted previously about those results, what I’ve been doing with the data, and my positive results to date, so if you haven’t already read that post, I recommend doing so first and then coming back to finish reading this one.
I scheduled my test today with the always affable and extremely knowledgeable Sean Machak at POTENTRx. In addition to being a fitness uber-expert, Sean’s also a car guy (he owns a tuned Subaru STi), so of course we get along. I assumed that my results from this cycling VO2 max test would be easily compared to those from my earlier elliptical test, but Sean warned that wouldn’t quite be the case. The actual VO2 max value might translate fine, but the resulting heart rate training zones would likely be different. more on that later. Still, after discussing it over with Sean, I decided that I wanted cycling results, and so that’s the test I [...]