Member Question: VO2/Lactate Threshold Testing

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Question from Steve

I did a V02 max test about a month ago and here were the results:

V02 max: 62.7

LT as % of V02 max: 94% (174bpm)

I've been reading Dr. Maffetone's book but also wanted to hear your opinion.  Can you tell me how my LT and V02 max have not decreased after 8 months of absolutely no speedwork? Also, I did VERY minimal running (mostly just recovery runs and slow speeds over short distances) up until about February
2005.

I would have thought that, after 3 months of little to no running followed by only long slow running, my LT and V02 max would have decreased.  However, my running LT of 174bpm and my V02 max of lower 60s is the same as it was when tested in the Fall of 2004.

Can you shed any light on this phenomenon?

Thanks so much for your help on this forum!

Answer

 

Dear Triathlete,
This is a good example of how aerobic training (lower heart rate training that is below the aerobic/anaerobic switch point) can keep all your high end markers active. [.....]

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date: September 3, 2005

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