I had my VO2max tested today. As an exercise physiology data geek, this was pretty exciting.
Normally you pay for something like this, but I'm actually getting paid to do this as part of a research study. And the best part is always the reward of participating in useful research.
VO2max is a useful measure of cardiovascular fitness, and correlates with aerobic performance.
VO2max is a terrible measure of cardiovascular fitness, and is only loosely correlated with performance, at best.
Both statements are correct to a varying degree. Here's a chart of Vo2max ranges, in ml/kg/min.
Of course, the upper end of the range is populated with cyclists, runners, rowers, and cross-country skiers, with elite athletes in the 70s, 80s, and even 90s. Kilian Jornet, at 92 kg/l/min, wasn't the highest ever recorded...but I'll give you a hint in that I did not exceed his value.
Likewise, I'll tell you that I'm at least average for my age (41.0 or above).
So the number is somewhere between 41.0 and 92.0 kg/l/min.
I'll offer some beer (6-pack, growler, bombers, or a mix) to the closest guess (absolute difference; tiebreaker goes to lower number) of my tested VO2max in kg/l/min, with your only primary valid guess being at least 0.2 away from all previous guesses, so early guesses have a different advantage than later guesses. Possible delivery during Quad Rock or other social shenanigan run, but I'll either ship beer or substituted breweriana to non-local winner.
To make it fun and draw attention to myself and my non-monetized, mediocre Blog, all you have to do is leave a 3-digit guess in the comments between now and 24 hours before the start of Quad Rock (Quad Rock starts May 11th at 5:30 AM).
Seriously, I've had fun with other guessing contests based on training and physiology data, so I hope this is fun.
* You should have enough information (e.g. my gender and age, to start) for reasonable guesses
* I'll add a couple on the study itself: this was a cycling test; I ran a fairly 'normal' speed interval workout the day before; I wasn't absolutely wasted at the very end, but it was about holding steady for the last 30 seconds.
That is, I wasn't "optimized" for maxing out this cycling test, but it's a reasonable data point right in the middle of a running training cycle.
* Bonus beer (in-person only) if you can guess which particular physiological anomaly was suggested to me for the first time during this test study visit. Anything goes!
If nobody guesses or if I'm feeling particularly cheap, I'll just make up some names and guesses myself. Cheers!