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What was your VO2max?

Absolute VO2max is measured in liters of O2/minute. Relative VO2max is measured in milliliters O2/kilogram body weight/minute. It's not too hard to convert from one to another if you have your test handy.

I guess the easiest way is to multiply your relative VO2max by your weight during the test (in kg). Then, divide by your target weight (in kg).

Eg, 45ml/kg/min and you weighed 80kg for the test. If you want to know your approximate VO2max at a certain weight, for example:

At 75kg: 45*80/75=48ml/kg/min
At 70kg: 45*80/70=51ml/kg/min

As you can see, weight has plays a part, but it's not huge. Don't expect to hit 75ml/kg/min if you are at 45. Also note, that in order to lose your weight, you will probably be riding a lot more for a longer period of time. That can also increase your VO2, somewhat.
 

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Creakyknees said:
vo2 can be trained; in fact one of my favorite kinds of intervals is sometimes called "vo2 intervals"

but yeah, I think the conventional wisdom is, even though you can train it, you're not likely to go from "average" to "superstar" scores.

but take heart, vo2 is only one of many factors that decide racing performance. and a lot of people think it's a relatively minor one.
I'd love to believe that, but try doing multiple laps on a course with a 5min hill that is attacked every lap by a bunch of 1/2s.

But, I agree, it's only one part of many that make for success in racing. Train your weaknesses, race your strengths.
 
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