Two weeks after the last VO2max protocol, I went back for a follow up with Doc Pui San. With a 54.11mg/min/liter reading as benchmark and the notion that the previous test were terminated because of sweat, I was actually anxious if I will be able to do my very best to obtain a representative number.
The study hope to conclude that the Astrand submaximal can be used as a more general (and safer, as you won't fall off the bike seat) indication of fitness.
With the previous glitch of not being able to go higher than 900w on the cycling machine (it was set to female), Doc Pui San set me up on the bike to the exact seating height per last test - this is to ensure consistency of the experiment. A seasoned cyclist will tell you that the ride height set is important as it determine the maximal bottom of pedal/force generated.
|Almost Aero position?|
|The next 2mins and 16 seconds will be tough!|
|61.47? Hell yeah!|
|Expensive machines all hooked up to PC for specific fitness test.|
|Preparing for my Spirometry test|
|Somehow does looked like some island...Tioman?|
|Adjusting the strap on the head|
|Stage 1 easy walk and I am already at 52%? Oh my...|
And I am doing it so willingly.
|Semua OK! Faster can?|
Alas, as i ran out of breathe literally, and halfway (or what seemed like) into Stage 6, I know it is time to quit. Wait, maybe 3 more seconds...damn it, why is 3 seconds THAT long?
Stopped. Stopped. Stopped.
It was like adrenaline rushing with endorphin mixing in the bloodstream. It was Runner's High.
|Almost passed out. Scale 20 on the fatigue list - Can die!|
|The Machine of Pain|
|VO2max peaked at 58.81ml/min/kg. Nice!|