Effect of competitive distance on energy expenditure during simulated competition

C. Foster, J.J. de Koning, F.J. Hettinga, J. Lampen, C. Dodge, M.F. Bobbert, J.P. Porcari

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    Concepts of how athletes should expend their aerobic and anaerobic energetic reserves are generally based on results of tests where an "all out" strategy is imposed on/required from the athlete. We sought to determine how athletes spontaneously expend their energetic reserves when the only instruction was to finish the event in minimal time, as in competition. Well trained, and task habituated, road cyclists (N = 14) completed randomly ordered laboratory time trials of 500 m, 1000 m, 1500 m and 3000 m on a windload braked cycle ergometer. The pattern of aerobic and anaerobic energy use was calculated from total work accomplished and V̇O
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)198-204
    Number of pages7
    JournalInternational Journal of Sports Medicine
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2004


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