Trials of the heart (Part 3)
Well after a week of heart rate training it was time to finally go all out in the Conconi test. For this our team was at San Jose Athletic Club, they gave us the use of their facilities for this. The Conconi test is to determine the training heart rate zones, maximum heart and lactate threshold.
After warming up on the 5mph (1% grade) for a few minutes the test began, I was to continue on the treadmill, increasing speed by 0.2mph until I hit my maximum heart rate. As I was doing this my teammate Ann, logged by heart rate every 20 seconds. It took 25 minutes to reach 10mph on the treadmill, when it came to hitting the button one more time on to increase the speed to 10.2mph, I reached forward pressed and nothing happened. I tried again with no results, I said to Ann, I've lost the strength to push the button! She then tried increasing, it was at this point we realized that it was not going to any higher, so time to boost the grade to 1.5%. I could only last another minute before I stopped. My hear rate had peaked at 203bpm and continuing would not doubt involve vomiting, the goal of course is to stop just before this happens.
191 Max Heart Rate
165 Avg. Heart Rate