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    Any amatures out there with really high VO2 Max?

    I've been reading lately about VO2 max tests. It makes sense that just because someone has a naturally high aerobic capacity, that it only represents perhaps a higher potential for performance. Thus, just like someone with a lower number, you'd have to train hard, but may enjoy the possibility of ending up at a higher level than someone less naturally gifted.

    I recently signed up to a local exercise study, which involved a VO2 max test. My first appointment was yesterday, and the first thing we did was the VO2 test. This was done on a cycling ergometer and involved the face mask, wattage readings, and a full print out of stuff like "Tidal Volume" etc.. The number that it kicked out for my Max VO2 was pretty high, and I don't know what to think of it. Should I retest to see if the first was a hoax? Obviously I'd like to believe that it's somewhat accurate, but for someone like me who occasionally races as a Cat 5 and gets rocked by plenty of guys at all our community hammer fest rides, I started thinking about how many others out there (in the cycling community) have found enjoyment in the sport based on their physiological predisposition to excel in it, whether they train hard enough to climb the catagory ladder or not.

    So have any of you had your VO2 max tests done out of curiosity, and despite naturally high potential and remain recreational weekend warriors?

    -Jeremy

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    ride lots be safe Creakyknees's Avatar
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    Well you probably already know that vo2 max is not the only factor in racing success.

    What's your number?

    I had mine tested during my freshman year in college (many years ago) using the breather mask / ergometer method. At the time I was a cat 2 racer in end-of-summer shape. Scored a 72.

    Then about 3 years ago, took another test at the health club, using a Monark ergometer and a pulsemeter and some software that calculated vo2 from a formula. Was in cat 5 pack fill shape, at best, and 20 lbs overweight at the time. Scored a 73.

    So... it may be an upper limit on your potential, but you still have to put in the miles and learn how to race before you'll get anywhere near it.
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    What's the number, you can't leave that out of the story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post

    So... it may be an upper limit on your potential, but you still have to put in the miles and learn how to race before you'll get anywhere near it.
    You read my post right? That's exactly what I said in the first paragraph.

    Anyway, I scored a max of 74, and when we hightlighted the 20-30 sec. segment it was still 71-72 ml/kg/min.

    I'm 5'8, 143 lbs or so. *edit* Oh, and 27 yrs. old. Ride maybe 100 miles a week.

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