[quote]Mr. Ray wrote:
Do you mean to say, had the author replaced "anaerobic intervals" with "VO2max intervals", or "aerobic capacity intervals", you would then have no problem with the article?
My problem with the article is that he confuses aerobic base training with aerobic capacity. Aerobic base training is about building a deep aerobic foundation, while aerobic capacity training is more about building a high aerobic ceiling.
Rather than blurring everything under a single "aerobic" umbrella, I think of endurance, stamina, and aerobic capacity as three different things -- all important trainable qualities for endurance performance.
I think in the field of exercise physiology, we are still centuries away from converging on the "real truth".
Labels, labels, labels. These terms are all vague and cause more confusion that anything else.
It's easy for a runner to build aerobic capacity. You just have to run a few miles a few times per week for a few weeks. So, contrary to the popular myth, the top distance runners DON'T have a huge aerobic capacity, they have a hugely developed muscular power/endurance ratio.
Bekele and Gebreselassie are both 5'5" but they can run on the track with a stride length of over 6 feet at 190-200 strides per minute.
When I talk physiology, what I'm trying to get accross is that runners, coaches and physiologists talk an awfull lot of bullshit. So I point out their lack of knowledge in order to steer the conversation around to what is really important in running.
It's all about maintaining a long stride, yes we all have a different style, some have a longer rangier stride, some a short choppy stride, but the bottom line is: lengthen that stride.