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Improved V[Combining Dot Above]O2max and Time Trial Performance With More High Aerobic Intensity Interval Training and Reduced Training Volume: A Case Study on an Elite National Cyclist

Støren, Øyvind; Bratland-Sanda, Solfrid; Haave, Marius; Helgerud, Jan

The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: October 2012 - Volume 26 - Issue 10 - p 2705–2711
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e318241deec
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Støren, Ø, Bratland-Sanda, S, Haave, M, and Helgerud, J. Improved V[Combining Dot Above]O2max and time trial performance with more high aerobic intensity interval training and reduced training volume: a case study on an elite national cyclist. J Strength Cond Res 26(10): 2705–2711, 2012—The present study investigated to what extent more high aerobic intensity interval training (HAIT) and reduced training volume would influence maximal oxygen uptake (V[Combining Dot Above]O2max) and time trial (TT) performance in an elite national cyclist in the preseason period. The cyclist was tested for V[Combining Dot Above]O2max, cycling economy (Cc), and TT performance on an ergometer cycle during 1 year. Training was continuously logged using heart rate monitor during the entire period. Total monthly training volume was reduced in the 2011 preseason compared with the 2010 preseason, and 2 HAIT blocks (14 sessions in 9 days and 15 sessions in 10 days) were performed as running. Between the HAIT blocks, 3 HAIT sessions per week were performed as cycling. From November 2010 to February 2011, the cyclist reduced total average monthly training volume by 18% and cycling training volume by 60%. The amount of training at 90–95% HRpeak increased by 41%. V[Combining Dot Above]O2max increased by 10.3% on ergometer cycle. TT performance improved by 14.9%. Cc did not change. In conclusion, preseason reduced total training volume but increased amount of HAIT improved V[Combining Dot Above]O2max and TT performance without any changes in Cc. These improvements on cycling appeared despite that the HAIT blocks were performed as running. Reduced training time, and training transfer from running into improved cycling form, may be beneficial for cyclists living in cold climate areas.

1Department of Sport and Outdoor Life Studies, Telemark University College, Bø, Norway

2Research Institute, Modum Bad Psychiatric Center, Vikersund, Norway

3Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway; and

4Hokksund Medical Rehabilitation Center, Hokksund, Norway

Address correspondence to Øyvind Støren, oyvind.storen@hit.no.

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