A lactate test is the gold standard. It tells you how your body is actually working inside at different running speeds. This allows us to accurately prescribe training paces so that you get the most from your training. And better training leads to better racing.
You will run between 6 and 8 stages of 3 minutes on the treadmill at the TriUK Performance Lab. After each stage your heart rate and blood lactate are measured. The results are then used to produce your lactate profile (See Below)
Changes in your blood lactate level tell us what is happening inside your body and allows you to optimise your training speeds for all endurance events. The test results enable us to identify your thresholds and therfore training zones and optimal running speeds. In particular the Anaerobic Threshold is a very reliable indicator of 10km racing fitness while the slower Aerobic Threshold is important the longer endurance races where you are racing for 90 minutes or more. From the results we will suggest what training speeds to be running at to improve your fitness.
Ideally every 3 months would tell you how you are progressing but even a one off test is very useful.
We are developing a test for your bike segment, watch this space !
A basic test, plus your results, lactate curve and suggested training paces costs £70.
The ‘Spring PB’ package includes 2 tests, a more detailed training plan and a mid point coaching call to help you achieve your personal best goal and costs £180.
Adrian Marriott is a UKA Endurance Coach and international marathoner runner. Contact him on 07802 914795 or email email@example.com to book your test.