Tag Archives: lactate threshold

Oval-shaped Chainrings: Evidence challenged

  The sport of cycling is without doubt one of the leaders in technological innovation, with continual development of bicycle frames and wheels designed to optimize acceleration, power transfer, road vibrational forces, and aerodynamics, to name a few. Few areas of the bike are overlooked, including the crank-pedal interface; i.e.,...
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ESP Tipcast 64: What I’ve learned from 8 years of low volume training

On tipcast 64 I discuss what I’ve learned from low volume training programs over the past 8 years. Well before Chris Carmichael jumped onto the HIT bandwagon with his time-crunched approach, I was experimenting with polarized training, HIT and reduced volume. Here are some of the highlights: Many coaches fall...
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Blood lactate and thresholds: another look

A couple of months ago I read an article by Dr. Inigo San Milan, a leading exercise scientist and training consultant. In it he explains the in’s and outs of lactate and lactate threshold. As far as layperson article goes, its hits the mark, and far be it from me...
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VO2 Max Part II: What it is not and why that matters

How to increase your VO2 Max, and why you can’t I am amazed at how so many coaches contradict and confuse VO2 Max and power at VO2 Max (PMax), and try to convince you that you need to increase your max with certain types of intervals, most typically those in...
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Polarized training: RIP threshold training

Wow, who would have thought that the Periodization series would be the gift that keeps on giving? But here I am, again, answering questions; not that I mind. Actually, polarized training is not really another periodization model, but rather an approach to training within an overall plan. The idea being that training is split...
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