Friday, July 24, 2009

V02 max

Doping has finally been thrown out to explain Alberto Contador's performance on stage 15 of the Tour de France. Greg Lemond openly questioned his performance in a french newspaper column. Reporters from the same newspaper asked Alberto the question in a interview. According to Lemond, Alberto's V02 max calculates to 99.1. Greg has the highest ever recorded by a cyclist at 92.5.

I used the following calculator to estimate mine at 52.5.

From the same website:

MAX VO2 functionally represents the maximum amount of oxygen that can be removed from circulating blood and used by the working tissues during a specified period. World class endurance athletes generally have high readings. Maximum Oxygen Update (Max VO2) values for selected groups and individuals are as follows:

  • General Population, Female, Aged 20-29: 35-43 ml/kg/min
  • General Population, Male, Aged 20-29: 44-51
  • US College Track, Male: 57.4
  • College Students, Male: 44.6
  • Highest Recorded Female (Cross-Country Skier): 74
  • Highest Recorded Male (Cross-Country Skier): 94
  • Steve Prefontaine,US runner, 84.4
  • Frank Shorter, US Olympic Marathon winner, 71.3
  • Grete Waitz, Norwegian Marathon/10K runner, 73.5
  • Ingrid Kristiansen, ex-Marathon World Record Holder, 71.2
  • Derek Clayton, Australian ex-Marathon World Record holder, 69.7
  • Rosa Mota, Marathon runner, 67.2
  • Jeff Galloway, US Runner, 73.0
  • Paula Ivan, Russian Olympic 1500M Record Holder, 71.0
  • Jarmila Krotochvilova,Czech Olympian 400M/800M winner, 72.8
  • Greg LeMond, professional cyclist, 92.5
  • Matt Carpenter, Pikes Peak marathon course record holder, 92
  • Miguel Indurain, professional cyclist, 88

    Although precise measurements are done on a treadmill with equipment measuring oxygen uptake, you can estimate yours from a recent running race. The race distance should be between about one mile and a marathon (or about 1500 meters to 50 km). Distances outside this range will not give meaningful results, since performance is limited by factors other than VO2 MAX.
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