does any of you training gurus know the story with this?
so there I was playing around with my brand new Polar S210 HRM with which you can do what they call a fitness test that gives you your VO2 max figure, so I thought "cool, let's try this".
except I'd forgotten what exactly this whole VO2 max thing is about, so I looked it up and the bad news seems to be that Elite runners have very high scores and the rest of us are pretty much stuck with the mediocre scores that we're born with and there's only a certain percentage we can improve them (5 to 15 percent apparently), and therein lies the ultimate barrier to performance, at least that's what the two books said that I looked at. Bob Glover also says that a 1 per cent improvement in VO2max equates to a 1 percent improvement in performance, which doesn't seem terribly encouraging to me.)
so my question is, does anybody know if this is true? and what are the best work-outs for increasing your VO2max? cos apparently there's an ideal speed to run at to improve which appears to be around 5K pace?
it's a bit depressing to think that there's this personal brick wall that you can't get round - and who knows how soon you're going to hit it?
Shucks - I knew I should've never gotten that HRM! s.