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Thresholds

Bicycle Training Series Articles: All ABC Handouts ] 12 Beginners' Questions About Exercise ] ACE Tips ] Altitude Tents: How High the Risk? ] Aerobic Training ] Altitude Training for Sea-Level Competition ] Balance Training for Bicyclists ] Century Training ] Climbing & Descending ] Dealing With High Altitude ] Death Ride: Just-Made-It Schedule ] Economy & Efficiency ] Fitness Elements ] Heart-Rate-Based Training ] HIT Tips ] How to Perform VO2 Intervals ] How to Push Riders Uphill ] Isolated Leg Training ] Measuring Training Stress ] Overtraining ] Pacing ] Power-Based Training ] Recovery ] Road Racing Basics ] Six Climbing Positions ] Skills Training Principles ] Small Gears ] Sprint Weak? ] Stationary Training ] Stretching ] Tapering for Events ] [ Thresholds ] Time Trialing ] Torque-Based Training ] Training & Fitness Standards for Excellence ] Training Myths ] Warm Ups for Racing ] Weight Training ] Work of Breathing ] Workout Too Hard ]


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Thresholds (Introduction)


We often hear the term anaerobic threshold.


Occasionally we also hear the terms lactate threshold, ventilation breaking point, ventilation threshold, heart rate breaking point, heart rate deflection point, and heart rate threshold.


These terms are commonly misused, causing confusion.


Critical power is a relatively-new threshold term that has become popular with the more common use of on-the-bike power monitors.


I also introduce other threshold terms, somewhat tongue-in-cheek: Suffering threshold, fear threshold, and clunking threshold.


By understanding thresholds, you will be able to understand more clearly training theory and methods.