What a day!
Woke up at 7:30 am to a message from Chris Hauth asking if I can arrive a little earlier than we first discussed. Got dressed, smoothie made, wife and bike packed up in the car. Then off to Santa Monica to The Georgian hotel. A nice historical retreat on Ocean Avenue facing the water. The elevator was vintage.
Phil had my first blood sample so the test was started with the power setting at 50 watts. (Watts are measurement of power used with regard to cycling. Basically, Watts = Torque x Cadence.)
Each four minutes, my blood was taken, I was asked what my perceived effort was (1-10 with ten being hardest) and the watts were increased by twenty increasing the difficulty. Here is the video.
Chris told me I was going to test for twenty minutes, but at the twenty minute mark, I got the old bait and switcha-rooney. "Let's just do four more minutes." At one point, I told him I was getting nauseous and at another, I was starting to pass out. Finally, when it was over, he tells me "You have proven that you can suffer."
I wasn't to sure if that was a good thing or not.
Time to talk about the Game Plan, so here it is, straight from the man himself.
I asked Chris if he had ever coached someone in as bad shape as me and he responded "Plenty."
So what happens next? He is going to compile all the data collected and review it, then design my training plan specifically around my individual heart rate zones. Once I have the specific numbers or metrics, I can put them into my Garmin Forerunner 910xt GPS watch and set alerts that wont let me go above my zone.