I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking about this so I wanted some opinions on whether or not to go for the INSCYD test which would just be on the road testing (no blood drawn) sent over to Mikael at Scientific Triathlon or to undertake lab testing at my local university (the pretty well respected Loughborough University here in the UK).
This is the testing done at the Uni: http://www.loughborough-sports-science.com/cycling-fitness.html
Prices are pretty much the same for the INSCYD (200 euro) and the lab test. I’ve spoken on email to Mikael (whom I do resonate with) and believe there is much benefit to going with INSCYD but I’m also confident in the abilities of the University to tell me the metrics I am interested in and how to adapt my training to meet my goals. What they won’t look at is VLaMax and if this is a metric to really push my training then I feel like I might be missing out, or another way, not getting ahead of the game.
My main goals are to be somewhat of an all rounder through the spring / summer (road racing, fast group rides etc) but then in the autumn (Sept and October) to be in shape for the hill climb season (90s - to 10 minute efforts). It’d be good to know how my physiology looks right now.
Part of me is just curious to do the lab testing, I did this about 6 months into my cycling journey (just over 6 years ago) because it was something I was interested in. I had a VO2max of 63.4 at that point after basically no training so comparing it again would be fun! What does intrigue me about the INSCYD is that I would be using my bike and my power meter so consistency is an added value there.
Lot’s of great contributors on this forum, hopefully your insight will steer me in the right direction.