I had a VO2 max test performed at the National Institute For Fitness and Sports located here in Indianapolis. It was done on the bike.
My Anabolic (oops, anaerobic-I don't know where I got anabolic, should have proofread) Threshold was at a heartrate of 125 beats per minute and VO2 (ml/min) was 1678 and VO2 (ml/kg/min) was 17. Max nunbers were 162/3062/32 respectively.
Max heart rate was 162.
Anaerobic Threshold was at 77% of max heart rate and 55% of VO2 max.
These results put me in the upper 75% of the average range for a 49-year old. High, good, average, fair, and poor were the five categories.
The resistance was increased in 25 watt increments and my instructions were to keep increasing the resistance as long as I thought I could go for at least one minute at the next highest level. I maxed at 275 watts ad might have been able to sustain one level higher but did not try since I was not sure. The wattage and heart rate numbers were very close to what I had recorded on my Kurt Kinetic trainer.
I do not race nor do I intend to. I am a recreational cyclist wanting to get better so I can ride hills and centuries more confidently and comfortably.
Can I use these heart rate numbers to train on the road? What would be the best range for me to train in on a flat 30-mile training ride? See fat burning question below?
How much would losing 20 pounds change my numbers. I currently weigh 207 lbs. Is this my best shot at improvement since I have seemed to be average or below athletically all my life?
My maximum fat burning zone was at 115-120 beats per minute. I was surprised at how narrow a range that significant fat was burned. Would this be a good range for me to trade in for conditioning and maximum fat loss? Would training in this range significantly hamper my effort to improve conditioning?
Is there any reason for me to get tested again after riding and training during the summer and hopefully losing weight?