Experiments

The Effect of Endurance Cycling on Human Performance: A case study

 
What happened to my body after 54,000 miles on a bicycle?
To answer that question some of the Consultant Physicians and the Muscle Research Scientists at Kings College and Guys and St Thomas Hospitals put me through some physical and physiological investigations to gain insight into the impact completing this challenge will have on my body. I have repeated these tests on my return and the results are currently being interpreted to get a sort of ‘before and after’. Part of this research will involve taking a biopsy from my quadriceps and freezing it at -80°C for 5 years when another sample will be taken and the two can be compared under the microscope. I’m hoping to publish the results in a medical publication.
 
Investigations performed so far include:
 
Exercise capacity (including VO2 max and anaerobic threshold)
Isokinetic dynamometry
Bilateral Magnetic Phrenic Nerve Stimulation
Quadriceps strength and endurance
Quadricep biopsy (looking specifically at muscle fibre type, mitochondrial density, hypertrophy and enzyme levels)
Quadricep and leg MRI scan
Electrocardiogram
Echocardiogram
Cardiac MRI scan
24 Blood pressure monitoring
Pulmonary function tests
Respiratory muscle strength tests
Body composition tracking system analysis
 
 

Comments (3)

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    Unknown

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    Hey, so what about the follow-up? You can't wait too long or you'll ruin the experiment.

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    Stephen Fabes

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    Undergoing the repeat tests now. I'll post the results soon!

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