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?