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    cycle-powered nathank's Avatar
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    i'm more fit--- my LT is higher!

    well, i just had to share my excitement with everyone here...

    i train with a HR monitor and a few years ago estimated my Lactate Threshold (LT) and then had a lab test in April to verify it -- 164. my max is about 194. i train year-round (bike commuting in the winter, plus ski touring and xcountry skiing)

    well, last week i had a moderately hard 3 hr ride where i recorded 36 minutes ABOVE my LT... normally anything over 20 minutes is a killer ride, and more than 25 means a full-out maximal effort and i had never exceeded 30...

    i also went for a 45 minute hill run on Saturday (i used to run 3+ times per week, but run only 3-4 times a month now b/c of back problems) and i was surprised at
    1) how easy it was to run considering i hadn't run in over 3 weeks (i had intended to do the hill 2 time for a total of about 30 minutes but felt so good i climbed it 4 times for a total of about 45 minutes)
    2) how high was HR was even though i still felt comfortable

    then Sunday i did a day-long mountain bike ride with 80km and 1700m vertical climbing (6 "small" 200m climbs + some little ones)... and i had 59 minutes over 165!!!! (my previous LT)

    since i'm pretty sure that's almost impossible to spend that long over my LT and the ride was not an all-out effort (i felt good and strong at the end and added some sptrints plus some wheelie and hop technical practice and was not at all wiped out)... my conclusion is that in addition to raising my tolerance to ride at or above LT (or for that matter so long above 85% max), i have also raised my LT itself to well above 85% of my max!!!! maybe around 170 or so which would be 87% of max...

    When i think about it, i guess it shouldn't be a huge surprise as 2 weeks ago i rode the TransAlp for 8 days of 60km and 2000m vertical and spent 6+ hours/day on the bike for 8 days straight...

    i am totally stoked to have made such gains!! has anyone else experienced something similar? i mean after months and months of training to suddenly move to a whole different level of fitness?
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    Good job!

    After 2 months of relative inactivity my LT in April is in the 155 range, but is currently about 168 bpm after a summer of training. Riding at 155 now seems nearly effortless. In April it was difficult.

    Congratulations on your hard work. You should be faster and feel faster now.

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    hey thanks WoodyUpstate. i've got a race this weekend so i should be able to really put the new level of fitness to the test.

    wow, LT from 155 to 168: that's a big improvement WoodyUpstate!

    but WOW is it a great feeling to know that i've made significant gains. for me since i train almost year-round for the last 4 years, big "tangible" gains are rare...
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