A Field-Based Cycling Test to Assess Predictors of Endurance Performance and Establishing Training Zones.

Dajo Sanders, Richard Taylor, Tony Myers, Ibrahim Akubat

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Abstract

This study evaluates the relationship between a field-based 8-min time trial (8MTT) and physiological endurance variables assessed with an incremental laboratory test. Secondly, lactate thresholds assessed in the laboratory were compared to estimated functional threshold power (FTP) from the 8MTT. Nineteen well-trained road cyclists (aged 22 ± 2 yr, height 185.9 ± 4.5 cm, weight 72.8 ± 4.6 kg, VO2max 64 ± 4 ml·min-1 ·kg-1) participated. Linear regression revealed that mean 8MTT power output (PO) was strongly to very strongly related to PO at 4 mmol∙L-1, PO at initial rise of 1.00 mmol∙L-1, PO at Dmax and modified (mDmax) (r = 0.61 – 0.82). Mean 8MTT PO was largely to very largely different compared to PO at fixed blood lactate concentration (FBLC) of 2 mmol·L-1
(ES = 3.20) and 4 mmol·L-1(ES = 1.90), PO at initial rise 1.00 mmol∙L-1
(ES = 2.33), PO at Dmax (ES = 3.47) and mDmax (ES = 1.79) but only trivially different from maximal power output (Wmax) (ES = 0.09). The 8MTT based
estimated FTP was moderate to very largely different compared to PO at initial rise of 1 mmol∙L-1(ES = 1.37), PO at Dmax (ES = 2.42), PO at mDmax (ES = 0.77) and PO at 4 mmol∙L-1(ES = 0.83). Therefore, even though the 8MTT can be valuable as a performance test in cycling shown through its relationships with predictors of endurance performance,
coaches should be cautious when using FTP and PO at laboratory-based thresholds
interchangeably to inform training prescription.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3482-3488
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Volume34
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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