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RE: Mr. Renato Canova: Could You Please Answer a Question About Effective Ways to Improve the Lactate Threshold?
Thank you Mr. Evertsen for coming back to this discussion. It is interesting to me that you use lactate mmol/L values during training (at least with Marius). The perception that a lot of us have or had was that the training never entered high concentration levels. Yet you have corrected this somewhat by saying the PACE does go to or above race pace. The amount of which depends on the time period in the season. With you heavy scientific background do you advocate training like the following:

BASE (we will call winter or right now to March or even longer)
Solid volume starting low and building to 13 sessions per week with a great percentage at the lactate threshold (i.e. 4 to 8 runs of 4 to 10 miles at the LT that is measured very carefully). Obviously at the beginning of base it takes a few weeks to just begin “jogging” again and by the end of base the above is achievable with some easy weeks now and then as needed.

After this I have now idea what you may advocate… Do you move to some sessions such as 15 x 300 – 400 at 5000m pace with enough rest so that the mmol value does not exceed the LT during the session?

Do you ever do longer reps 1600 – 2000m at race pace or is this to detrimental to the aerobic system that seams to be highly tuned during the BASE phase? How do you transition into racing? And finally how do you read the feed back day to day from an athlete in races and training runs from mmol values, pace, and perception?

Again thank you for your input…

Purdue Grad

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