Why do I need a blood lactate test?
Blood lactate accumulates in the body as we run. At moderate intensities we can comfortably cope with the amount of lactate that is being produced and dispose of the stuff without too many problems (think a tiny hole in a boat and three men with buckets). As we work harder it becomes a lot more difficult to cope with the amount of lactate being produced (think several holes in a boat and one man with a ladle).
The aim is to determine your highest sustainable level of lactate accumulation before it seriously hinders your performance (your lactate threshold). Knowing this I can then plot your gears and help you to understand the exact speeds and heart rates you should be running at to maximise your training.
The test involves a little plod on one of their swanky treadmills in the Human Performance Unit. Through a combination of running and walking I gradually increase the intensity and periodically take pain-free little blood samples, similar to a blood sugar testing lancet you might use at home.
The treadmill test lasts for around 20 minutes and it is for all levels of ability – this is not an ‘all out’ maximum heart rate test, and I can assure you I won’t have you hanging onto the treadmill for dear life.
Running with Jake Performance Packs are designed to take out the guesswork and give you all the tools you need to take you out of cruise control and accelerate your progress.