When I arrived on campus Jon one of the grad students conducting the test was in the room where the test would be performed. We discussed the test and went over what to expect. After changing in to my cycling shorts and getting the two heart rate bands setup I was ready to begin the test. To start the test I would have to sit on the bike and relax so they could get my base stats. Sitting on a bike for five minutes before a test and trying to relax is not easy. My resting heart rate is usually around 70 beats per minute, today before the test I was around 100 beats per minute. My mind would not shut down. As the test started I began at a 50 watt resistance. I felt very good as the resistance began to increase every two minutes. As the resistance got up to 150 I was finally able to get in my zone. My eyes were fixed on the wall outlet in front of me and my brain got in that zone. I would hear people talking but I can’t remember what was said. As the watts got up to 300 my legs began to feel some weakness. My breathing was becoming a good deal quicker and a little tougher. I would go from 300 to 325 watts and my body started to say this is not fun I’m ready to call it quits. That is when the true fun starts. Mentally I wanted and needed to keep going, in that time I flashed back to getting yelled at by the endocrinologist before the surgery on my rib. I remember how he degraded me with his words, how he said I wouldn’t be able to do certain things. That anger carried me to 350 watts for maybe 30 seconds before my body shut down mentally and physically. At that time Jon called off the dogs and I would have to sit on the bike without pedaling until my heart rate got back to the rates that I was at before the test.
All in all the entire test went very very well. My VO2 max peaked at 54.3. I wanted to be around 60 but I’ll take 54. As I went over the results with Jon he said that when I reached my max somehow I was able to stay at that level for a good amount of time. He informed me that he had never seen anything like that. He said I may be a little tapped mentally, he said that I have the mental toughness of an endurance athlete. I get to a point and I’m able to push myself the rest of the way even though my body wants to shut down. My VO2 max puts me around the 94th percentile for my age group which I’m happy about. I’m a much healthier and stronger person than a lot of people my age and after what I’ve been through I’ll take it.
I can’t thank Delanie Wright enough for everything she has done for me diabetes wise and getting me to URI for the test. I’m very lucky to have someone like that in my corner; I can only hope that I can do the same for someone one day. Also the kinesiology department at URI, Dr. Manfredi and his students are great people and made me feel right at home.
Below are all of the results I was given as well as some pictures. The first picture is what I turn in to when I race on the bike. I’ve been told that I kind of turn in to a grouch and want to do nothing but kick everyone’s butt. I’m an odd odd person!!