Testing, Testing

Posted by martin.parnell |

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  • Date: Tuesday Jan. 11th 2011
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Last Friday, medical testing started in earnest. I had a complete blood and urine analysis then it was off to the medical clinic at Market Mall for knees, hips and chest x-rays. Yesterday were two very specifics tests: VO2 max and 3D bone imaging. VO2 max is defined as: the maximum capacity of an individual's body to transport and use oxygen during incremental exercise which reflects the physical fitness of the individual. The name is derived from V - volume per time O2 -oxygen, max - maximum. I arrived at Physio Serge's lab at 3.00pm and got kitted out with a mask and heart rate monitor. I had completed this test at the start of the "Quest" and again after 83 marathons. We wanted to see what shape I was in at the end. The test involves running to exhaustion by increasing the pitch of the tread mill. Excellent. Results to follow.

I had been told at the begining of the "Quest" that certain things would happen to me. My ankles would cave, my knees and hips would be destroyed, and my leg bones fail, due to the continual pounding. This all could have happened so I felt it was important to check out the old bod. Last evening, I headed over to the University of Calgary to undergo a 3D Bone Imaging Analysis. The first room I went in looked a bit like Star Trek. I had to lie on a bed, while an overhead tracker did a full body bone scan. Then it was down a floor to the main show; the Scanco Medical Xtreme CT 3D Bone Analyser. I had to sit down and stick my right arm in and then my right leg into a hole. This machine takes a 360 degree scan of your wrist and ankle to determine bone density and health. This  was easier than the VO2 max test. Excellent. Results to follow.

Dr Randolph Randolph's book of animal jokes (bear's)

Q: Why do bears have fur coats?
A: Because they'd look stupid in anoraks!

Quote of the Day

"Ideas won't keep; something must be done about them"

Alfred North Whitehead

VO2 Max test (lots of fun)

ZMQZ 11 VO2 max



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