Posted: 30/04/2014 at 10:15
So, as promised last week, now that the VLM buzz is easing off a bit I'll tell you about what has been a great Mojo restorer for me.
It was my birthday in March and Mrs Fin decided that my running was going proper stagnant (I really wasn't doing much) and so she decided she'd send me to get a "fitness test". She didn't really know what it would involve but she'd heard me talking about them in the past, so she googled.
Basically, I went to the University of Westminster and was connected up to some fancy kit to run a progression run on a treadmill.
It was great!
And very revealing. clearly I am the answer to "who ate all the pies" and I didn't know it.
Without going into the results too much and boring everyone, it has highlighted for me both strengths and current weaknesses, and most importantly it has given me the kick up the rear that I needed to get back on it.
The positive from it was that, despite actually doing very little over the last 6 months in the way of training my VO2max is still quite good - coming in at 57, which I'm quite pleased with considering, but the downside is that the test showed that I don't currently have the basic cardio/aerobic conditioning to back that up. Which is unsurprising seeing as I’ve not really run any further that a few miles each day. I was categorised as “Novice” in that area - a little humbling….
But it’s all fixable though. They have given me some very specific HR zones and paces to train at, which I've never done before so it's going to be an interesting experiment now to see if what they have advised will work.
And I need to lose some weight too. Obviously.
If I do all that they have recommended then it seems a good marathon time (maybe sub3) might be on the cards in the future. The results actually point to much faster but I'm a bit sceptical of trying to relate lab results to the real world as so many factors come to play but let’s see how we go.
The short of it is that I'm back and raring to go! And motivated as much as I have been for a long time.