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Discussion: Threshold

in: Brodie Nank; Brodie Nank > 2019-05-09

May 9, 2019 3:54 AM # 
How do you define it for these type of workouts?
May 9, 2019 8:09 AM # 
Brodie Nank:
I use 5 intensities for my training:
1 - easy
2 - moderate
3 - threshold: at lactate threshold (or aerobic threshold) - point where blood lactate increases from resting levels.
4 - tempo: just below/at lactate turn point (or anaerobic threshold) - point where blood lactate exponentially increases/passes 4mmol
5 - VO2 Max: above lactate turn point

So the ints in this one are at intensity 3 or what I call threshold (which confusingly is what others call tempo and they call my tempo threshold...)
May 9, 2019 9:45 AM # 
Fair enough, so many different terms and definitions out there for those types of paces...
May 9, 2019 10:13 AM # 
Once upon a time I could do Thursday morning sessions like this....
May 9, 2019 12:34 PM # 
Brodie Nank:
Where do you fit on the tempo vs. threshold scale Ali?
May 9, 2019 8:13 PM # 
In specific workouts I typically do what you would call tempo (I roughly define it as a bit quicker than half marathon pace or what I could sustain for an hour, but typically adjust based on HR/feel on the day). I don't formally do any of what you call threshold, but I will often run the second half of long runs in that intensity range for a solid endurance stimulus on tired legs.
May 9, 2019 9:32 PM # 
Brodie Nank:
Interesting, yea I don’t think a lot of people use what I call threshold (I know people who are actively against it). I don’t think it’s relevant for 10km/5km/sprint and middle distance but I find it good for increasing my aerobic capacity for long distance/over half marathon. If I struggled to recover from it I would be less likely to use it but I find them relatively easy to recover from (tempo and VO2 much harder to recover from).

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