Spanish team has done it!
dave at multisport.net.nz
Wed Jul 14 05:52:21 EDT 2010
On Jul 13, 2010, at 9:49 PM, Bob W wrote:
>> I was once told that the athletes with the highest VO2max are
>> biathletes. Makes sense, cross-country skiing needs a fair bit of
>> exertion and they have to get their heart rate down quickly to be
>> steady enough for the shooting.
> Could be - I don't really know if it's possible to compare fitness across
> disciplines. I'd like to try cross-country skiing sometime, although it does
> look like hard work.
I think that's what measurements such as VO2max are all about. From what I've heard it's not a pleasant test to undertake but there are ways of approximating it without going through all the effort and expense of a lab test.
I've never done any skiing or snowboarding as it looks so easy to injure yourself. I agree that cross-country skiing looks hard.
> Strangely when you watch professional squash they don't seem to be doing
> much - they make it look easy. But a couple of minutes into a game you're
> playing yourself you soon realise how tough it is.
I think that's true of any sport. Bear in mind they have coaches, physiotherapists and dietitians looking after them. Competing at the elite levels needs a LOT of work! Which reminds me, I have to work on my diet plan. I can recommend a very good book on sports nutrition if anyone's interested.
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