I got asked by local tri trainer, who is doing a study on exercise (they won’t give me the details until after it is over), to be part of an experiment. I will travel to SUNY Cortland a few times and undergo some tests on a stationary bike. The tests involve a VO2 max test (which I don’t really understand, but MUST do, because every real athlete talks about it and has one) and some other “maximum effort” tests. He says you must be willing to go all out, and endure pain and discomfort, or the test won’t work. I’m in!!!
I already went for the VO2 max test, which involves getting a mask strapped to my face, like a fighter pilot, and then riding the bike while the resistance gets cranked up each minute until I simply can’t pedal anymore. But, if I stop too early (if I quit mentally before physically) then the test won’t work. I’m in!!!
So, I’m in this laboratory, with machines, computers, guys with clipboards and heart rate monitors and a large TV screen with my performance data on it, for all to see (including me. Can you imagine? Like a mirror in the bedroom, except I’m not proud of my biking abilities). I’m still in! But I start to wonder – why?