Posted: Yesterday at 10:32
My eldest daughter has just finished her sports science degree at Exeter where she was lectured by Andrew Jones, @AndyBeetroot on twitter, who did a lot of studies into the effects of beetroot juice on endurance runners. I am trying beetroot juice for Sunday, Finchley 20, so have a 1000ml carton and took 200ml yesterday, will take 3x150ml spread through today and then 350ml tomorrow about 2 hours before the race.
Anyhow, back to treadmill tests.
So if you know my eldest she is a bit of a loud mouth in the nicest sense so within a few weeks of being at uni it was established that whenever a "volunteer" was needed, she was pushed forward. This means she has a very complete set of just about every test conceivable from lactate, proper VO2 with mask etc, fasting, sleep deprived, body composition using the pincers etc.
The funniest was a treadmill test to exhaustion. She looked at the treadmill and asked where the crash masts were. Why crash mats they asked? If I run to exhaustion, I will crash was the reply. Oh, people don;t they said, but agreed to put up crash mats and sure enough, she ran and ran and then eventually she gave way and crashed into a big pile on the mats. That is running to exhaustion.
She, like bus, is also a big thrower so a bucket was always at hand after the first unfortunate incident.