Recently Stacey Rogers undertook a maximal aerobic test at UWA under the guidance of Kagan Ducker (exercise physiologist and Ph.D student). The primary reason for doing this was so that we could verify Stacey’s training zones based on her lactate threshold heart rate. The test is progressive in nature, increasing speed every three minutes with one minute off the treadmill to obtain a blood sample for lactate testing. Starting at 10 km/hr, Stacey achieved her maximum at 18 km/hr.
Prior to receiving Kagan’s analysis of Stacey’s test I sent to him her training zones based on our 30 minute field test that a number of you have now done. The very pleasing thing about this was that our estimation of Stacey’s lactate threshold heart rate was different from the treadmill test by only one beat per minute. Essentially the same result.
It was certainly a worthwhile thing to do from Stacey’s point of view and for me to verify that our field tests are as good as we think they are.