So last Thursday, I took the test and my results were surprisingly low compared to prior tests in 2020 and 2019. For reference, my test in 2019, my first year training, resulted in an Aet of 142. In 2020 it resulted in 162. This last test resulted in an AeT of 130.
With that result, I started to think I had been over training but I was always doing my workouts with a chest strap HRM and kept it mostly under my Aet. Sometimes I would go over to see how it felt but I was always within nose breathing or conversational pace. I was also doing weighted pack hikes with a sandbag, my hr was almost always within nose breathing or conversational pace. My legs would sometimes get tired but for the most part they felt good so I don’t think I was doing full ME workouts but maybe I was? I haven’t been the most consistent with training the last 6 months I’ll admit but I’ve made sure to do aerobic based workouts at least 1-2 a week to help maintain on top of at least 2 days of climbing at the gym.
However, wondering how I got such a low result I did some research on here and realized that our test protocol flawed. Thankfully the university is letting me redo the test at no cost again this upcoming Thursday. During the test we had changed not only speed but incline as well. Would this potentially result in such a low result?
So with the test coming up, again, on Thursday I’m left wondering what’s the best option for me for this test. Test flat or test incline?
If I test flat, will the results vary significantly from if I test on an incline?
If I test on an incline, as stated up thread, my calves get wrecked when doing medium to fast paced incline on a treadmill. If I just power through the calf burn, will that negatively impact my results? I know the aerobic system has a greater ability to clear out lactate so I’m wondering if my calves burning means that I’ll be outside of my AeT? I don’t have calf fatigue issues outside on the trails or in the mountains, even in steep terrain but only on the treadmill. I think the pure consistency of the grade on a treadmill is the issue for me. There may be ankle flexibility issues there as well.
If it’s easier to go over test results and TP info to get to the bottom of all of this with a phone consultation, I’m happy to pay for that as well. I just want to make sure that I’m testing and training properly for the upcoming season. Any info you have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!