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Biking Faster: Lactate Threshold

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author: Coach John Hill

In part one, we discussed the benefits of increasing of VO2max numbers and why it is important to get these numbers as high as possible. Today, we will talk about the second factor to increase your average speed, lactate threshold.

Lactate threshold is the point at which lactic acid starts to accumulate in the blood faster than it can be removed, usually beginning around 85% of maximum heart rate. The advantage to the endurance athlete is that the higher our lactate threshold, the longer we can go at high intensity.

How do we raise our lactate threshold? Once again, interval training becomes or best ally; by doing intervals for 2-3 minutes at 5-7 beats above your threshold level (85% of max HR), we teach our body to clear the lactic acid faster for quicker recovery.

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DRILLS FOR LACTATE 
THRESHOLD IMPROVEMENT 
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STEADY STATE INTERVALS
After a good 15 minute warm up, ride 10 minutes at 3-5 beats below your LT (Lactate threshold), recover with an easy spin for 10 minutes, then repeat 2 more circuits. Once you’re comfortable at this level do two twenty minute sets at 3-5 beats below LT then recover for 20 minutes,eventually what we are shooting for is a 30 minute effort at just below LT. This will build a strong base to increase the lactate threshold at a fairly rapid rate.

UP AND DOWN INTERVALS
This workout combines both LT and VO2 max training to simulate the effort you need while reading on a hilly course, where you have to push beyond you lactate threshold for short bursts then recover quickly
1. Warm up for 10 minutes at a moderate pace 
2. Pick up your pace to your LT heart rate and hold that place for 5 minutes 
3. Push to 3-5 beats above LT for one to two minutes then drop back down to LT. 
Do 3 cycles for a total workout of 18- 20 minutes

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Biking Faster: VO2 Max

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Author: Coach John Hill


βœ… Today we are going to focus on aerobic capacity, or what most of us know as the holy grail of VO2 Max. Most of us chase this one with a passion but do we really know what it Is and how to measure it
βœ…The faster you peddle, the harder you breathe. Also, the longer you peddle, the harder you breathe. And if you sustain a fast cadence long enough, you will eventually find yourself breathing as hard as you can. Exercise scientists have a special term for breathing as hard as you can: VO2max. Research has shown that VO2max accounts for roughly 70 percent of the variation in race performances among individual athletes. Thus, if you are able to ride 5K one minute faster than I can, it is likely that your VO2max is higher than mine by an amount that is sufficient to account for 42 seconds of that minute.
βœ…The best way to increase VO2 max is interval training with an all out effort for approximately 6 minutes. One could do a VO2 max workout that would Include a 10 minute warm up, Immediately followed by a 6 minute time trial then followed by a 10 minute cool down. In doing this type of quick sets the VO2max slowly but surely increased and the ability of blood to carry oxygen to the muscles.

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Workout:

  • warm up with easy peddling ~100 watts
  • every 2 minutes increase the workload ~36~50 watts
  • at the lower limit of your HR target take a short break
  • peddle easy for 3-5 minutes

THEN:

  • 2 minutes @ VO2 max intensity
  • 8 minutes @ threshold intensity
  • 10 minutes of easy peddling
  • 2 minutes @ VO2 max Intensity
  • 8 minutes @ threshold intensity
  • 10 minutes of cool down

Remember to refuel immediately after the second VO2 max session, give yourself the best opportunity to recover quickly so you real the benefits of your effort.


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