While logging hilly miles at The Arboretum (or Arb, my favorite place to run and ride), I came upon another cyclist. Being the friendly guy I am, I struck up a conversation.
Turns out this guy was Dr. Craig Broeder (insert alphabet of acronyms here), the head of Exercising Nutritionally, a company that focuses on helping both world class athletes and regular Joes like myself reach their potential, as well as testing to see if a company’s new gadget or supplement does what it claims to do, (and I’m sure a heck of a lot more). He also happens to set endurance biking records.
After doing a few 7.5 mile laps of the Arb he asked if I’d like to help him iron out the kinks in an upcoming study. Being the info junkie I am, I ready agreed.
A few days later I was hooked up to an EKG and told to pedal my ass off while wearing a fancy face mask that measured oxygen consumption and periodically drinking a specially formulated supplement. Every once in a while he’d also prick my finger and see how my blood glucose was doing.
While my info was not used for the study, I was at least able to help him get the testing procedure figured out for when the real pros are tested.
Best of all, he gave me this:
Now I know my VO2 max (52, not too bad for a recovered fatty), power/heart rate zones and other extremely relevant info for training purposes.
Thanks Dr. Craig!