Thursday, November 8, 2007

A Little Vocab

A few terms I will use, defined:

Intervals - a training session organized into periods of intense effort and periods of recovery.

Lactate Threshold - The equilibrium point at which the body can remove lactic acid produced during strenuous activity at a rate equivalent to its production. Also known sometimes as the anerobic threshold, but this term seems to be less precise according to most scientists.

Split - a timed interval in a longer run; e.g. "My last mile split on my long run was 8:45."

Spin - on the bike, pedaling at high revolutions (120 rpm) with relatively low resistance

"Tempo" - a run or bike session designed to be at or slightly below lactate threshold.

The Trainer - a device that makes an ordinary bike stationary so as to facilitate indoor training. Mine is a CycleOps Fluid 2.

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