Thursday, April 15, 2010

Testing

Yesterday I went to have some tests done by Dr. Falsetti. Because I am vegetarian and train a lot, we're a little worried my iron might be low. So blood was drawn (sorry, no pics of this), I was asked a lot of questions, and then it was time to do some work.

I got hooked up with what felt like a million little electrodes and hopped on the QR. Cedric - still strapped to my stem - was prepared for some discomfort of a massive sweat-fest with no wind to dry him off. In order to get V02max, anaerobic threshold, etc. tested I needed to ride my bike as the intensity was gradually increased and basically keep going until my legs failed.

Oh, and to make it all the more fun, they pinched my nose closed and stuck a snorkel-type tube in my mouth to breathe through. This allows them to measure the oxygen exchange when I'm going hard. 

Up until yesterday the highest heartrate I had ever seen on the bike was 170 and that was in a race. Coach Dirkinator was pretty happy to hear I got my little heart to 185. I think this just means I can't complain about being unable to get my heartrate up anymore.

Oh - and for those of you interested in the Rudy Project photos - they are going to be used internationally, so we will probably never get to see them here in the states. If you live in Europe and ever see one let me know!

12 comments:

Tawnee said...

Dude, of all people, you have to tell ME your results cause I'm such a nerd over this stuff. Email me! I promise I won't tell the world your VO2max is the equivalent of a female Lance Armstrong ;)

Teresa said...

The second pic you are looking nearly as excited! I have a hard time getting HR up on the bike too...185! yikes!

tn

ADC said...

Those tests are hard.
Oh yes and I am looking forward to seeing the pics here in the UK hopefully.

GoBigGreen said...

I hate those mask things, it really is a test to not feel claustrophobic and only give thumbs up or down. nice job. It will give you some baseline to compare later in the season!

Kiet said...

Photo shoots, lactate/vo2/iron testing, you are living the life of a pro, good on ya Charisa!

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

You're lookin' WAY too happy for a VO2 max test eh? ;-)

and i'm jealous of all this cool testing! nice

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

That contraption on your face looks super scary :-(

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

When I was in college I did a VO2max test on a treadmill. They attached one of those contraptions to my face and it was so bizarre to run with that thing on. All I could focus on was the spit everywhere...yuck!

I hope your test went well. I'm a vegetarian too and my husband worries about my iron b/c I have a history of being anemic. Luckily, I've been able to keep it under control. I'd be interested in knowing what you do to keep your iron levels up!

Jill Costantino said...

185 that's friggin HIGH! WOW!
Love the Rudy Project photos that looks like so much fun!

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said...

I will definitely keep a look out for your pics here in Germany!! That is so awesome how you are doing that!

So, I've been slowly moving most of my meals to vegetarian, but I'm worried about getting enough protein and iron in my diet since I workout more than the average person. Any good books or suggestions for a female endurance athlete like yourself (although no where near as fast :) ) ?

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Your the only person I have EVER seen smiling during a VO2 Max test!!

Erin said...

Oh I know all about low iron! I hope yours never gets as low as mine was! Good that you are getting tested to stay on top of it though! Good job on the VO2 test too. I have never done one of those, but it looks/sounds pretty crazy!