I was looking for current posts from others looking at their VO2max. Not seeing much, I decided to post my own topic.
I’d been interested in evaluating my own VO2max ever since I trained for and ran my first (and only) marathon back in 1991. Now 30 years later, at age 74, I wonder if I’ll ever run another one. But over the years my cardio fitness deteriorated until last year I couldn’t even jog 1/4 mile non-stop.
Researching the topic I found a neat web post that let me quantify just how bad the situation had gotten. See VO2 Max Calculator for Aerobic Capacity.
Choosing the 1.5 mile test, I learned on 2/06/20 that my VO2max was 26.4, and also found a chart showing that was Poor even for age 70-79. It then took me a month to get it up to Good at 33.8.
Somewhat satisfied, and distracted by other interests, I stopped working it last year. Now, restarting this week I am back to Fair condition. The good news is that I really wasn’t that far from “Excellent” last year with a 10:36 pace running non-stop the entire 1.5 miles. So, I should be able to beat my target 10:00 pace this year.
Bottom line, I’m interested in what any other seniors are doing, especially those that are rehabilitating themselves.