I can actually run for an hour at 180bpm, which is WAY over my lactate threshold.
As far as running/other sports go, you will have a very different Max HR. That will give very different HR %-ages to work at. But as far as lactate threshold goes, surely that is a function of your body, regardless of the exercise you are doing? If I turn anaerobic at 150bpm when cycling, then surely the same will happen when running?
Sorry Minkin, this is getting a bit geeky. But in order to sacrifice 3/4 months of training to do a completely new system, I would like to know why I am doing it and how it is going to work.
I did get tested. Went to a company called 'trainsmart' (who displayed at the cycle show a couple of weeks ago). Test was on a spinning bike, with HRM and face mask to measure CO2. I found out that 'fat burning' is my 130-135 bpm level, and that I go aneorobic at 150bpm.
So yeah, 150 is still base training for me, but only just. I am burning practically no fat at that level.
I decided to bite the bullet and go for a full VO2Max & threshold test, which I did this morning. It turns out that my Aerobic Threshold is at 150bpm, and the HR which is optimum for LSD training is at 130-135bpm. Using the 180 formula puts me at a training pace of 153 (27 years old), which is over my tempo pace! Weird, but it looks like base training (as described here) would not work for me, as it is still training too hard. I need to completely back off to almost a walking pace.
Pops - this is what I was told last weekend. During its overnight 'fast' your body is triggered into fat burning mode. If you go straight out without breakfast you are still burning fat, whereas having some food will mean that the energy from your breakfast is being burnt off first.
Regarding fat burning, I have another couple questions that maybe someone could answer.
I went to the Cycle Show yesterday and heard something interesting about fat burning. Basically they said that if you are doing low-intensity base exercise in the morning, you should head out before you have anything to eat. Apparently your body gets triggered into fat-burning mode overnight and any food will make your body switch more into carb-burning mode. Does anyone know the validity of this statement? I heard it from two separate sources: a sports scientist from Science In Sport (who should know what he was talking about) and 'the great' Joe Beer from Trainsmart (VO2/LT testing company).
Also, after spending saturday ogling at new racing bikes I went out enthusicastically on a long 3hr ride yesterday. I was very good and kept my heart rate below 145 for most of the duration. I didn't feel any lactate build-up at all and felt strong for the whole session. However this morning my legs ache like hell. I cycled into work then went for a run, and felt like my legs were full of lactate for the whole time. So can anyone tell me what to do in this situation? I always made sure my heart rate was below 150, no laboured breating, etc. So should I slow down enough to ensure there is no lactate build-up, or ignore the burn while keeping my HR low?