Tuesday, February 24, 2009

My Beating Heart

Today I did a Lactate Threshold (LT) test. For those of you who don't know what that is, but would like to, here is a link to a great article--LT Article

The test I did was similar to the one in the article. I warmed up for about 15 minutes, and then, beginning at 5.8 mph, upped my pace by .2 mph every 2 minutes, until I felt I could go no longer. I made it all the way to 8 mph.

Once I graphed my results (using the spreadsheet I downloaded from above link), I found out my LT is 181. Now what do I do with that??

I will use that number to set my heart rate training zones, so I can be sure that I am not training too hard when I am running. I think I will find, initially, that all of my paces will slow a bit, but that is not actually a bad thing. Running at a pace that is comfortable will build up the oxygen delivery system of my body, and, ultimately, make me be able to go faster for longer!!

4 comments :

  1. I sooooo need to do an LT test. If I'm at an RPE of 7-8, my HR is at my max. That just doesn't feel right. I'll definitely check out the article, so thanks for sharing!

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  2. Thank you for the report and the article. I plan on finding out my LT now that I know how to do it.
    Ben

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  3. Good job. LT tests can be tough. Let me know what your zones are.

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  4. cool that you did that test. hope it helps you figure out optimal training! did u figure out you can input LT into BT and calculate your zones?

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