Last Friday I started my 3.5 week life as a guinea pig for the UC Davis Raisin Study. The first day was not too bad a lot of paperwork and medical tests. This was followed by a max heart rate treadmill test. For the EKG I needed a little “Manscaping”:
Superman had an "S", I have a "P".
My 7yr old daughter later gave me the "I told you to shave it" talk about my chest carpet.
I am quickly finding that a hard part of the study will be tracking what I eat. The hard part is not looking up what I eat and writing down the calories, etc. It’s more the grim reality that I could still improve this area of my life a lot. Since Friday I've been writing it all down. If I don't lose weight doing this I'll be amazed.
Another part of the study that will be difficult will be the night and mornings before the tests. They want me to eat a Clif Bar at 10pm the night before. I then can’t eat anything else unless it’s part of the protocol during the run test. I was told the day that it’s a water only protocol the run is very tough. Everything else checked out and it was time to get on the treadmill. Here is what the training room looked like:
I was unable to get to my previous max HR of 198 bpm (2009). I made 200 bpm in 2006, but its hell to get old. The test showed a VO2 of 54.3, nice! That better than the past few years, (VO2 50). The printer wouldn’t work so I’ll get a printout of my training zones, and paces later.
Next up on Thursday: An 80 minute run at 75% VO2 followed by a 5K as fast as possible with either water, gel, or raisins for fuel.