Well I started this thing with the intention of being honest so here’s some real data like I said I would.
Cyclists these days are notorious for analysing their stats so I thought it would be cool to just lay this out here for anyone who feels the desire to compare, and see the results that this kind of performance gets in the real world, racing in NZ. Anyway, fitness is only half of the equation in MTB because of the descents (which I notoriously suck at)
As I mentioned in the last post I did this testing with Andrew from Fitlab on the weekend. The Strava link is under that post. The power data on the Strava there is real (not a Strava one) – I synced my Garmin to the PowerTap wheel we used. I’m planning to redo it every 12 months or so to review the training plans success.
So here it is: honest figures: I’ll just list the juiciest bits and in brackets I’ll say where that is on the table that Fitlab supplied. FWIW I personally think some of the descriptions are a bit, er, optimistic – ie ‘professional level’ but it sounds good damn it.
Vo2 Max: 69.166 ml/kg/min (Bottom end of ‘Exceptional’) 5.430 L/min
Lactate Threshold: 141 bpm/ 303 watts/ 70.4% of v02 max
Anaerobic Threshold (Onset Blood Lactate Accumulation): 156bpm/ 365 watts/ 82.7% v02max (Professional)
Threshold Power/ Weight: 4.648 watts/ kg (Professional)
Peak Aerobic Power: 454 Watts/ 5.783 watts/ kg (Professional)
Looking at the numbers, and my physiology, I think they confirm something I’ve often wondered – that is, I might be better off in a discipline that rewards relatively high steady state power like time trialling, rather than MTB where you need great skill and high, punchy bursts. I’m going to see about at TT bike from a mate and do some testing on it. Gerard can I borrow your bike please?