You probably realize that ‘threshold’ is an important measure for endurance athletes. However, there seem to be many different types of threshold measures out there, and that might be confusing for some. In this episode, the panel explores the many types of threshold measures (e.g. FTP, critical power, lactate threshold): how they are determined, whether they are the same or different, whether they are interchangeable, how they relate to each other, and what it all means for the real-world coach and cyclist.
2:31 What is ‘threshold’?
3:00 Exercise domains
10:45 What are the purposes of determining threshold?
14:33 What are the main thresholds measured in endurance sport?
18:15 Functional threshold power
23:48 Critical power
30:46 Lactate thresholds
40:37 Ventilatory thresholds
44:40 How the thresholds compare with each other
56:40 General conclusions
70:10 Thought experiment: does threshold even matter in modern endurance training?
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Jason Boynton, Ph.D. - sport scientist and cycling coach
Cyrus Monk - professional cyclist and cycling coach
Damian Ruse - professional cycling coach
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