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Effort test

Posted by admin On Mayo - 6 - 2010

Last Friday and as a mandatory complement to our solidarity-sportive challenge, we carried out an effort test for cyclists. The effort test’s objective was twofold:

1.- To control our body’s reaction when submitted to a maximum effort (to be sure that, physically, there are no obstacles preventing us from carrying out our challenge)

2.- Determine the aerobic and anaerobic fringes (to prepare a more accurate training)

For those who don’t know what such a test consists of, we tell them it’s like going to the slaughterhouse, going to suffer and finally die :) .  It consists in riding a static bike and pedalling with the intention of never stopping.  Of course the machine has been designed to handle you,  so, forget about winning this round.  There will come a moment when you will not be able to continue and half dead you will succumb.

Specifically, the process that we are testing follows these steps:

1.- Rigor test related to diseases, injuries, training habits and daily, sleeping hours, etc..

2.- Measuring and weight.

3.- Auscultation

3.- Forced spirometry (they make you inspire and expire many times and with different intensities)

4.- Measuring the tension  while at rest.

5.- Riding a bike  (or the torture machine). In our case, they covered up our nose, tube in the mouth, electrodes on the chest and regular control of the tension at every 50W accumulated.

6.- Injection  in the ear and blood analysis.

7.- Last auscultation and tension control (after you are halfway recovered from the effort)

The images clearly show that it wasn’t a good moment, here are the videos.

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