The Endurance StorePosted on June 14th, 2017
Located in one of the most idyllic spots, The Endurance Store nestles itself in Wigan’s countryside. Established by triathlete and sports scientist, Marc Laithwaite, the store caters to runners, cyclists, open water swimmers and triathletes from all over the country. Harris & Ross have recently established a clinic within The Endurance Store’s space, our Physiotherapist, Dave and Podiatrist, Tom are both available for appointments at the Wigan store in Appley Bridge.
Preparing athletes, experienced or otherwise, Marc’s store accommodates for most needs; whether it’s outfitting yourself for your next event or undergoing an analysis, to see where you currently are in terms of physical readiness.
- As part of its service, The Endurance Store offers a range of sports science tests:
- VO2 Max Test
- Lactate Testing
- Metabolic Testing
- Gait Analysis
- And packages for Ironman and Ultra Running events
Last week, I popped down to meet Marc and his team, and to undergo a VO2 Max Bike test with Jackie, The Endurance Store’s sports scientist. The assessment is a great way to see where your fitness levels are and how to improve your regime. Marc explains the reasons why a VO2 test is beneficial:
A cycling VO2 test helps us to identify your current level of fitness to a high level of accuracy. It also helps us to identify your physiological strengths and weaknesses, coupled with accurate heart rate training zones. It’s important to understand these areas, as working on your weaknesses is the easiest way to improve your fitness and performance.
By accurately identifying strengths and weaknesses, we are better able to tailor the training advice and program in order to maximise your benefits. We also need to take into account the reasons for your training; if it’s general fitness, that’s very different to training for a 100 mile event. Some people are more geared to shorter and faster rides and others to longer distances, we can identify that from the testing.
The hour session involves testing your strength on a Watt bike, starting with a warm up of 12 minutes continuous cycling, maintaining a cadence of 90, while Jackie increases the resistance.
This was followed by the main test, pedalling as close to 90 as possible for as long as I could, while Jackie increased the resistance of the bike at regular intervals.
The test ended with a 10 second sprint, cycling as fast as possible with the resistance set high!
While I recovered, Jackie went through the data and translated the results in laymen’s terms. Despite my lack of knowledge, with Jackie’s expert guidance I had a complete understanding of how my body was performing during the test.
For those wanting to accomplish a challenge, whether it’s Etape Du Tour or a trip you’ve planned yourself, Marc has a tip for you:
Training plans work best when ‘periodised’. This means breaking the year into blocks with a different focus. Often from October to December, cyclists will do very little structured training and simply enjoy riding. From January to April they will build their training and then reach their hardest blocks at the start of the summer. This makes sure that they are at their peak at the right time of year!
Visit The Endurance Store website for more information on their services.