Ever heard a fellow runner or athlete (which ever sport you choose) say that they couldn’t finish the race because they “hit a wall”? Or their bodies just couldn’t keep going? Or that they are doing a lengthy cool-down (longer than 10 mins) because they need to get rid of the lactate? Or maybe your coach has mentioned one or two of these? Well this last post of the Sports Watches Series (for the moment) will hopefully clarify a few things.
With all the “snazzy” gadgets that recreational and professional athletes are exposed to these days, it is difficult to not encounter certain “scientific” terms, such as VO2max. Although not so long ago, VO2max testing was only something that professional athletes were exposed to, with the new sports watches, all athletes (recreational, weekend warriors) now have exposure to this measurement.
So what is it? What does it mean? What am I, as a weekend warrior, supposed to do with it?
Your running watch has many different measurements that pop up when you review your training history. Once you have gone for your morning run, you’re sitting having a cup of coffee (or tea) and enjoying the banter of all your running mates. One of them mentions the measures of cadence and vertical oscillation – they’re not sure what to do with the information that the watch gives them. Why would those measures be of importance? Are the watch manufacturers just trying to make things more complicated?
… Hopefully I can help explain it a little more.
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