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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.