Lactate accumulation & recovery

Lactate accumulation & recovery Accumulation of lactate is associated with fatigue and time to exhaustion during hard exercise.  The time an athlete needs to recover from such an accumulation and the intensity he or she can handle during this are crucial for success in some sports like cycling and football. Furthermore knowledge about accumulation and…

The Likely Physiology Behind INEOS 1:59 Project

When Eliud Kipchoge crossed the finish line of the  INEOS 1:59 Challenge  in Vienna, he not only ran a marathon in under two hours , but he also broke a boundary that people thought was the ultimate limit of human performance. How was such a performance possible? We have just considered the possible physiology behind the…

A high VO2max alone is not good enough!

You can have a VO2max well above 70ml/min/kg, but still perform below expectations. You could even find yourself having a low anaerobic threshold (or FTP) and a low FatMax. That is because a high VO2max alone is not good enough. Here’s an example of a professional cyclist. Swedish cyclist Hannes Bergström Frisk turned professional in…

How power is composed

You’ve been told you need to train 15, 18 or even 20 hours a week to qualify for the Ironman World Championships. You’ve been told that you had to want it so badly that you had to devote your entire life to it – let alone your family and professional commitments. And although yes, the task…

VO2max: the size of the athlete's engine

VO2max – The size of the engine

VO2max – The size of the engine In the endurance world, there’s always a lot of bragging about personal data, performances and numbers. A classic question that often comes up is “what’s your FTP?”, or even geekier:  “what is your power-to-weight ratio?”. However, both FTP and power-to-weight ratio are highly dependent on another metric, that…

VLamax: Elite Coaches Secret Weapon

VLamax: Elite Coaches Secret Weapon Are you a cyclist looking to sprint faster than Wout van Aert? Or a triathlete dreaming of racing with Jan Frodeno at the next Ironman World Championships? These may be hard goals, but a good way to start working towards them is to understand a very important metric of human…