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Transplant Athlete
Monday, February 26, 2007
  50 Watts

With a disastrous performance at Sebring, I was hoping that my VO2 Max test would bring me good news. It wasn't to be. 50 Watts. When every watt is precious, losing 50 watts is a big deal.

My power in my aerobic zone is 160 watts, that's 20 watts less than it was 2 years ago. Power at my lactate threshold was 220 watts and it had been 270 watts 2 years ago.

Can I still do RAAM? Should I still do RAAM? RAAM is still months away, so I shouldn't stop now. But, I will re-evaluate the decision in April and make a Go/No-Go decision then.

 

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Lou -
Have you considered retesting? Maybe something was wrong with the test.
 
It's possible there was something wrong with the test. They usually start off with a really light resistance and it felt really hard to pedal early on. Coach Adam offered to retest me before RAAM. If I felt strong, but got another result like that, it would be mentally devastating. So I'm going to make my Go/NoGo decision based on my brevet results.
-Lou
 
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I've gone through kidney failure twice. The first time in 2000, my mother donated a kidney; and again in 2008, I'm on dialysis waiting for a breakthrough in immuno-suppression medicines before seeking a new kidney.

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