It's been one of those weeks where there has been so much going on and so much I want to post, but one thing at a time.
On Friday, I headed to The Wolf Studio in Solana Beach for a cycling blood lactate test. Alan and Corina have a really nice setup there and they are total pros. They've been doing this forever in Europe and recently moved here to open up their sports performance center. The testing and entire experience was top notch. Check them out on facebook too!
Ok, back to me :). I thought I was going to head in, pedal, get some blood taken and head out... Then, coach Dirk showed up to surprise me and see me in pain (how thoughtful :)!) . Dirk is more involved in my training than ever. He is super in-tune with where I am at and where I want to go this year and that is huge.
So this is how the testing went....(pictures courtesy of Alan at the Wolf Studio...quite the photographer!)
|Hop on and warm up easy for 10 minutes|
|Every three minutes- your finger gets pricked to draw blood. The blood is tested by a machine for the percentage of blood lactate.|
|Pedal harder, pedal faster, every 3 minutes the watts increase by 25. Btw- like the new wheels? Reynolds is sponsoring the Nytro racing team this year- SWEET!|
|get in the zone. don't let up! See "the Man" in the background.|
|More pricking and turning up the intensity until you can't handle it anymore. Apparently, I can keep pedaling until my blood lactate percentage is 13.7.. that is A LOT. however, that has nothing to do with my actual performance on the test.|
James got his dose of pain too. Check out his blog for the deets....