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Old 11-27-05, 06:39 AM   #1
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Test Results

I just went for the Max HR, V02 Max and LT test the other day. It was at a lab in Seoul, Korea so I may have interpreted the written results a little incorrectly as my Korean is not perfect. these results are after about 1 year of training and this was my first test. On the morning of the test I was tired and came down with a mild head cold. Please tell me if these results are okay. I am 28 years old, 5'11" and 78 kgs. (about 171 lbs) I have completed 1 season of XC racing and am beginning a new training season and am using these stats as my baseline training stats to work by.

Max Hr = 196
V02 Max = 59.4 ml/kg/min

I'm still trying to interpret the rest of the results from the Korean documents I recieved. How is the LT measured? (in what units) They did three blood tests. One while at rest, one during the test and one immediately after. Apparently my Lactic Acid was elevated. Would this be due to training the previous day or to other factors (ie cold, lack of sleep, cold medication, coffee). Also my blood pressure was slightly elevated at points during the test (at 155 BPM = 214/77, at 166 BPM = 203/73 at 176 BPM = 203/57) What might this be caused by?

I did not recieve clear instructions on how to prepare the test (do...or do not...) and am planning on testing again in 6 months. The test is not too expensive at the National Testing facility (about 165$) so I don't mind doing it every few months.
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LT is the maximum heart rate you can sustain over a defined period of time. Do a google on lactate threshold for more info. There is a sticky at the top of the Training and Nutrition forum on the 2-20 anaerobic threshold test which is one approach to this. Lactate levels vary a good bit at the base line level but should remain within a range that is 'normal'. Exercise related elevations are quickly cleared by normal physiologic processes and should not persist more than a few hours, typically less than an hour.
Lactate is fuel, like glucose and it is metabolized almost as quickly as glucose. BP should go up with exercise and these elevations are not particularly extreme.
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