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Swiss Olympic Check Out

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

This week I went here:

or at least to the medical centre.

I’d been given a voucher by a friend, which entitled me to quite a big discount on a Leistungsanalyse – that’s a performance evaluation, between you and me. As I’ve been doing marathon training for over a month now I thought I’d give it a go.

When I called to make the appointment I admitted to being middle-aged, but they didn’t seem to mind.

So on Tuesday I put on my nattiest sportswear and did my hair nicely in the hope I would instantly look 10 years younger and off I set.

I admit that I did begin to think I might be in the wrong place when I saw the fit young things in the waiting room and all the signed cards and posters from Olympic champions they had worked with, but hey, in for a penny and in for a pound!

I spent the next two hours running on a treadmill at increasing speeds until my little old legs just couldn’t go fast enough to keep me on the treadmill. Every three minutes the nice doctor took blood from my earlobe and kept motivating me to keep going until I couldn’t run anymore. I confess I’d never run on a treadmill before. I like the woods better, but I can imagine that if the weather is atrocious, it would be better than nothing. I haven’t run as fast in decades. Whoaaa…

Then I got to use the very smart, fit for Olympic champions shower facilities while they analysed my data.

Afterwards I had a lovely chat to the doctor about my level of fitness (surprisingly good!!!!!YAY!!!), my marathon plans, nutrition and training so I can run without getting a headache. Would you believe the doctor thinks I probably run too fast when I’m training! I certainly didn’t think I’d hear that!

All in all it was a great experience. I now know how to run at an optimal heart rate, how to use my heart rate monitor (which I’ve never even taken out of the packet it came in up till now), how to train optimally and how to ensure that I have proper race nutrition. This last one is tricky for me because I can’t tolerate isostar, which is always the preferred sport beverage at races, or wheat, so all those nice little nutrition bars are out. I know I have a research project ahead of me in the next few weeks, to work out how I can get enough carbs during the race, and I also know how important solving this problem will be.

It was great to know that I’m on the right track and that my goals are perfectly realistic.

It was even more great to be treated as a serious athlete despite my advancing years!

It must have been my hair!


5 Responses to “Swiss Olympic Check Out”

  1. Chris in South Jersey Says:

    Good on you! Isn’t nice to get a little validation and a gentle course correction?

  2. Edith Says:

    Good for you! So nice to read that you had a great experience at the Leistungsanalyse. My husband is a runner and benefited a lot from expert advice.

  3. Stephanie Says:

    Good for you Helen. You must be fantastically fit. I’m not too bad, but need to push a bit harder really. An English friend is setting up a triathlon and cycle training business here in a year or so. I’ll sign up as soon as he does!

  4. Juliann Says:

    What a cool thing! I know a few friends who have had fitness testing but I have never been bold enough to do it. I also cannot eat wheat and in the states we are seeing more and more gluten free snack bars so maybe you will find those too. When is yoru marathon?

  5. Susan Says:

    What a cool day out and aren’t you impressive! If it had been me they would still bevtrying to pick themselves up off the floor from laughing so hard.