It started off with me getting a bikefit from Mike. The bike needed new parts, chain and cassette. I thought I needed new shoes and saddle. So went through a range of shoes eventually settled on a pair of Northwaves. I was shocked that I had to have the seatpost raised by at least 1 inch. Which seems to of taken some strain off the right knee. Only time will tell if it has worked. The saddle again will hopefully be more comfortable.
Next was my lactate bike test from Jason Walkley, which is my coach.
Started will him taking my blood pressure and then it I was to do a 5 min warm up on the turbo. Every 3 mins the Watt's would increase by 20 (It started at 100). I was to keep a constant RPM or cadence, until my legs would push no more. Each 3 mins a blood sample would be taken. Was not sure how long I could keep this up for. Having never been above 210 on my own turbo (and then only held that for 4 mins) this would be interesting. Talking started off easy and then it got more like I was drowning. Legs started to feel like they were on fire, coach kept pushing for me more out of me. Eventually my legs did give in and it was time to cool down. At this point I thought I was going to be physically ill. It took a lot for me not to be sick.
Lactating testing is used to determine not only lactate threshold but also the correct intensity for base, recovery and intense interval training. Lactate values help determine the correct training intensity to increase power and endurance, and lactate values do this more accurately than heart rate alone. It's the corresponding lactate values that indicate what heart rate and speed or power you should exercise at. Heart rate formulas that use your age to calculate heart rate zones are not accurate
If you are interesting in getting one done please get in touch with Jason Walkley.