WNT Sep 30, 2010
Run Lil, Run
If this a technologically and physiologically superior being sent back from the future to dominate U.S. WNT fitness tests? Hmmmmm....
You may have heard through the grapevine that Kristine Lilly, at age 39, earned the highest score on the USA's fitness test this camp. Officially called the Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test, it measures a players' aerobic capacity.
U.S. fitness coach Dawn Scott implemented a slightly different test for this camp than in past years, using one that is more soccer-specific and more game-like because of 10-second recover period between sprints. The USA's past test was more continuous, but this one gives the player a chance to stop and start, which is much more realistic to a match.
The test, which consists basically of doing 20-meter shuttles, up and back, gives the player a point for each 40-meter sprint completed. With each level, the speed in which you have to complete the shuttles increases, indicated by beeps (hence the common name - Beep Test -- often cited by players). A player gets one point for each level, i.e. completing an up-and-back 40-meter shuttle.
Lilly ran 48 of them. That's a 48 on the test for those keeping score at home.
That's right, 48 x 40 meters, but at increasing speeds. She totaled 1,910 meters before she could not keep up with the beeps. (Yeah, Kristine Lilly don't need no freakin' beeps).
At level 1, you need to run 5.1 kilometers per hour to make it between the beeps. At level 48, you need to be running 18.5 kilometers per hour, which means Lilly was running about 11.5 miler per hour at the end of the test AFTER having run 47 previous 40-meter shuttles.
It was the best score of all the U.S. Women's National players tested this year, which includes the U.S. U-23s, U-20s and even the U-14s.
Did we mention she is 39? And a mom? Go Lil, Go.