Metabolic testing was really interesting. I will do a full write up when the expert sends me his full report. We did both a resting metabolic test and one on the treadmill.
If you’re considering getting a VO2 max test, be aware that the mask is kind of awful. I’m not claustrophobic (except when in crowds because I’m short and get panicky when I can’t see an exit — all I see is butts, lol), but by the end of the test, it was really hard to breathe with it on and I started freaking out. As soon as I stopped the treadmill, I was clawing at it and saying, “get this thing off me.” So there’s that. He had to use the “petite” mask on me, and it kind of pinched the bridge of my nose and also made it so my mouth couldn’t open much.
But I think despite that, he got solid readings on me. Of course one immediate recommendation was to slow down my easy runs. Luckily, I have been slowing them down this training cycle, but some of this is due to the heat and humidity. He’s going to give me heart rate ranges to target, and right now my runs are a bit above his initial recommendations. He wants me around a 9:30 pace with a heart rate in the 130s for easy runs.
One other observation was that he said there appears to be some sort of metabolic suppression indicated in my resting state vs my active state. I’m not entirely sure what he means by that, but I think he was saying my resting metabolic state wasn’t where he expected compared to how I performed (which was pretty well, I guess). He feels it’s probably a fueling issue and wants me eating the bulk of my daily calories before 2pm. That definitely would be a major change, not just for me but for my husband also since I’m usually the chef.
I’m eager to hear what else the tester finds from the data. He works with a lot of professional athletes and also helped the guy who did my gait analysis achieve a 10 hour or so Ironman his first time trying (it was his first marathon ever too). I think he knows his stuff. Fingers crossed that I braved nearly suffocating in exchange for a plan to become a better, more efficient runner.