Last week I had  a V02 Max Test (the maximum capacity of an individual’s body to transport and use oxygen during incremental exercise, which reflects the physical fitness of the individual) with Surrey Human Performance Institute.







I had felt recently that my training had plateaued especially since trying to encompass training for Ride London in August with cross country racing.

My VO2 Max came out at 47.5 ml/kg/min at a power output of 241 watts. I was very please that this was a good result in the good category at the higher end of the scale as my Dad had said his VO2 was low and with it being linked to genetics I was suspecting mine to be slightly lower than this.

The summery of my results can be seen below:


My Anaerobic Threshold (AT) lies at a power output of 184 watts and a heart rate of 150 – 155 bpm to improve this i need to train around this threshold for around 30 – 40 mins twice a week.

V02 Max Test

It was really interesting performing the VO2 max test and the data has been very valuable in moving my training forward i will use my new programme to help increase my performance. I have decided to concentrate on improving my AT, maximal aerobic power, lactate clearance and endurance as i feel at the moment these three sessions will have the more effect on both my long distance work and racing.

Thank you to SHPI for taking the time to do the test with me! I will keep you updated on my progress with my new training programme.

Training Programme