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high respiratory exchange ratio (RER)

vermootenvermooten Posts: 2,697

I did a gas analysis test a few months ago and it was found that my respiratory exchange ratio (RER) is very high, which means I'm desperately inefficient at using fuel.

I've been doing low intensity training rides for the last 3 months which I told will help to bring it down. I'm going back for a re-test in a couple of weeks.

Being a curious soul, I want to find out more about this. Unfortunately everything that Google's given me on the subject has been academic research papers which I'm not able to understand. Wikipedia's not been much help.

Does anyone know of a place on the net, or even a book, which explains the issues around this kind of thing relatively easily. (I studied medicine many moons ago so have some understanding of this stuff. Got kicked out after 2 years though.)

You just have to ride like you never have to breathe again.

Manchester Wheelers
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