Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Lactate Testing

I was lactate tested again this morning to get a benchmark of watts and heart rate on the bike. I found a new location in Solana Beach that I highly recommend called The Wolf Studio. This lactate test involved riding my bike while the watts were increased and my blood was taken from my finger every three minutes to measure lactate. Watts, heart rate, lactate and my rate of perceived effort were recorded. And then the watts were raised. Again and again. Until my legs failed and we stopped. Fun.

Before the watts got too high . . . 

Getting uncomfortable.

Finger prick.

I love this picture because I'm obviously completely uncomfortable, while Alan smiles. He did an awesome job motivating me to keep going and making sure I was ok each time he pricked my finger.

Cedric got a lot of sweat on him.

If you are curious about the lactate testing there is also a video from my test here.

The athlete studio specializes in sports performance, injury prevention (biomechanics), massage and strength conditioning. If you are local I recommend their free injury prevention clinics on Wednesday nights. Now we get to see if I can hold the watts in Austin on Sunday...

12 comments:

Jill Costantino said...

Love to see Cedric - he's been missing in action!
Kick butt out there this weekend!

Meg said...

I'm glad you had Cedric along for moral support. That did not look like fun but thanks for the evening entertainment. Steve and I watched the video together and decided that you were working VERY had. Nice job. Rest up for this weekend and have a blast!

FLATOUT JIM said...

That looks extremely painful.

Angi Axmann said...

FUN FUN FUN!!! I performed lactic acid tests on a lot of people before - FUN FUN FUN!!! I always took the blood out of the ear :-) And the next day everyone had a black and blue ear because I was squeezing so hard :-) Great work. I love how the sweat is dripping down on you in the video!!! Good luck this weekend!!!

Running and living said...

Either you were biking in a sauna or you were working REALLY hard!

Snakebite said...

Great video. Nice sweat output. Interesting choice in music. I'd have gone with the Wizard of Oz scene music as the lady pedaled off on her bike.

Eli Carlson said...

Cool to read! you will do awesome this weekend!

solarpowered said...

SO much to catch up on! Been too busy to log into the blog world this week...
I loved the swimming pictures!
Snakes on the ride? No thanks. But cool about finding new roads!
That testing stuff sounds intriguing. It's awesome that you have such science and opportunities available to you to get the most/best out of your training!
And I love the new banner, btw!

Beth said...

Cedric gets to see a lot of cool things! :) Kick some butt in Texas Charisa - have fun!!

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

That is so hard core! Love the blog header!

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said...

I don't know why it cracks me up that you carry a gnome with you all the time! Maybe that is why you carry Cedric with you. haha

That looks intense, and way more than I do to my spin class to test their LT!

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