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What is the testing protocol?

The testing protocol consists of both a cycling lactate profile test followed by an hour and a half rest period before completing the run lactate profile test. Please see run test and bike test pages for more information on these separate tests.

 

Why book a test?

Elite triathlon coaches and athletes understand training at the right intensity and monitoring performance is essential if they want to reach peak performance. The triathlon test package gives all athletes the opportunity to access these same benefits and give you the chance to access the kind of support that was previously the reserve of those at the top. The results will allow you to understand your fitness status, plan training more effectively, set heart rate zones and monitor improvements in each individual discipline allowing you to take your performance to the next level.

 

What will we identify from the test:

1.  Resting blood lactate
2.  Functional threshold
3.  Lactate threshold
4.  OBLA (onset of blood lactate accumulation)
5.  Exercise training zone analysis for both bike (HR/Power) and run 

     (HR/Speed)
6.  Peak aerobic power/speed
7.  Maximum heart rate (bike and run)
8.  Relative/absolute VO2max (bike and run)

9.  Gross efficiency (run)
10. Metabolic efficiency point
11. Cycling Economy
12. Haemoglobin

 

Test feedback will be given via the HPU members site. For a preview please visit: www.hpumembers.co.uk and follow instructions under “Guest Login.”

 

 

 

Laurence Pidcock crosses the finish
line in New Zealand

 

“New to Triathlon , the HPU testing unit and subsequent test evaluation has proven to be absolutely invaluable. The provision of critical data has enabled me to set training goals and specific targets for the current race season. Based on the physiological profiles provided and interpretations by the testing unit, coupled with the coaching program offered by the HPU unit, the progress made is unquestionably significant. Two test reviews 12 weeks apart have provided a fully individualised profile around which a training program has been developed.

The HPU testing unit has instilled in me a confidence that I am certain could not have been gained without the testing protocol. The service offered not only encompasses a wide ranging physiological assessment but also relates to personal goals. The care and professionalism shown by the testing staff( Annika) unquestionably of the highest standard. The knowledge and background expertise more specifically for triathlon , training and race requirement shines through.”

Garry Taylor
Triathlete

 

 
 
 
 

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