- I only weigh myself first thing in the morning before eating or drinking ANYTHING (Last night's test was at 5pm... after a day of eating as well as drinking lots and lots of water UGH)
- No clothes allowed (I was fully clothed last night except for shoes SIGH)
- Because the weekend usually includes a cheat day (or two), I NEVER weigh myself on Mondays. I like to have a couple of days for my body to normalize. I also tend to retain water after my Sunday long runs. (If you haven't guessed, or don't have a calendar handy, yesterday was a Monday BLEH).
Yesterday was a perfect storm... a weighing "no-no" trifecta...something that could potentially send me off the deep end into Skittle-town if the number on the scale came back high enough that I would be unable to explain it to my very fragile self. Oh, let me add a 4th "bad" component...it was a medical scale...guaranteed to be at least 5 lbs. heavier than my home scale.
I steeled myself for the results....drum roll... 150.5. Only half a pound heavier than my weight at the start of the experiment. On January 10 (a Friday, after 5 days of clean eating), I weighed in (on my home scale) at 150. The fact that it was virtually the same number last night in the lab was a good sign. I really, really wanted it to be lower though.
|Such a ratty little pony tail...I need a hair cut|
- Allow test subject to warm up for 10 minutes at a comfortable pace. This will give them the false impression that this test isn't going to hurt.
- Fit the subject with a plastic mask attached to a tube. Crank the mask tight until the subject begs for mercy or you hear the skull crack.
- As soon as the subject is comfortable breathing into the mask/tube, clamp off their nose and watch the panic in their eyes. Fun times!
- Start the test.
- At predetermined intervals, ask subject, who is completely wrapped up in trying to breath through a tube, to rate their perceived exertion. (WARNING: They'll probably just make something up so you'll go away and they can get back to focusing on breathing).
- Did the subject say they still think it is easy? HA! Increase speed.
- Continue increasing speed until subject admits that anything more would be considered "difficult". At this point, start increasing the incline. BWAH HA HA HA!!
- Continue this torture until the subject admits they can endure no longer or until they fly off the treadmill and land in a heap.
I glanced at the computer screen after I tapped out and saw that I had been tortured (not counting the warm-up) for over 27 minutes. HS said I was at a 14% incline. WOW! After test ended, I kicked myself a bit for not pushing myself more (HS felt the same way about his test) but I was seriously concerned that my legs would hold out at that incline.
You see, I am not a "hill" runner and to trying and run at a 14% incline was quite a struggle for me. My hips and glutes were begging for mercy. Seriously, my biggest fear was stumbling and shooting off the back of the treadmill. Fear vetoed my ego and I asked to stop the test. Boo :-(
Oh, well...maybe there will be a next time...