Well, Purdey, I suppose the question for you is why do you feel that it is relevant? How does knowing your VO2Max help your training?
How does knowing your VO2Max help your training?
If we assume what Globby said - that you're doing all the workouts he mentions (but doesn't appear to actually do himself) - how exactly is that number possibly relevant?
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Purdey, you are talking about VO2Max, not VO2Max. Get it straight.
However, actually knowing the figure is neither here nor there and we should not waste time, or money, on it... unless we are gunning for an Olympic spot.
If all other factors are equal (same training, same running efficiency, same muscle make up, same genetics, same environmental influences etc etc) the guy or gal with a VO2 Max of 80 will beat the guy or gal with a VO2 Max of 30. Period.
But if we are gunning for an Olympic spot we should waste time or money on knowing our VO2max number? Why?
But all other factors are never equal.
Because you can then measure whether your workouts a la Globule have had any effect on your VO2 Max I guess. Time trials to measure improvement would not isolate this one factor. I'm only guessing.... I will never even win age group awards, let alone need to bother about this anyway.
Duh. So what? My point is still valid.
I don't need to know what my VO2max is. Or what my LT is, for that matter. I just need to know that workouts targeted for those systems are valuable, if done intelligently.
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But we already have a better way to measure whether workouts are being effective. It's called racing.
Valid, but it has no practical value whatever.
Effectively to speak the Queen's English, you need to avoid splitting infinitives.
And you continue to mix up VO2Max with VO2Max.
An Olympic marathoner may be interested to isolate his/her VO2 Max in order to track improvement and therefore adjust their VO2 Max workouts.
An Olympic marathoner may be interested to isolate his/her VO2 Max to track improvement and therefore adjust their VO2 Max workouts.