Monday, July 21, 2008

Threshold Testing

  Instead of an early morning multiple hour workout, I got to sleep in! I actually woke up in my bedroom next to my husband and it was LIGHT outside!!  Since my day working boot camp starts at 5am or 6am and my workout days start no later than sunrise, this was a true luxury.  I stretched, I made coffee, I watched the Tour de France on TV and I folded laundry!! Ahhhhh...I almost feel normal again...

And then reality hit....! Oh're going to have a Lactid Threshold Test at 1200n with Hector right here on your treadmill.  At 1100am, I started getting nervous.  By 1200n, I was a wreck.  I was really worried about this test. In true Hector fashion, he made me feel at least he explained the procedure to me.

We started with a light warm up walk on the treadmill then proceeded to do 5 minutes at each speed with no elevation until we got to 5.0.  Ok folks, I know, Im a slow as hell runner so to some of you, running 5 or 6 mph sounds like a piece of cake.  For me, running a 12 minute mile is an accomplishment.  Every 5 minutes he pricked my finger and put my blood into a meter that reminded me of testing my sugar levels.  Each level got harder but i made it through.  I then had a recovery walk of 5 to 7 minutes.  We then did a v02 max test giving him the information he needed to set my heart rate zones for training.  This was the hardest test of all taking my running to a 6.2 mph rate.  I thought I was going to pass out but i survived.   Im not going to sit here and tell you that I understand all about these test (but I plan to do some research so I do) but I am thrilled that we now have more information about me :)

Rest week is over.  Back to reality! 14 weeks to Ironman!

1 comment:

Sarah said...

I had that done once, and man, it was weird. I got really claustrophobic with the mask on. Sounds like some great information to have!!