We tell you step by step what is a Lactate Test and the utility for the triathlete
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What is the lactate test?
It is a test that is carried out to find out the concentration of lactate in the blood at different intensities of effort.
What are these data for?
With these data, a graph is drawn with the lactate curve that provides us with the necessary information to know where the transition from our aerobic to anaerobic threshold is, which will be shown in the lactate curve graph.
Where is it done?
Usually by bike or on a treadmill
How it is performed?
The process is very simple, simply picking up a drop of blood from the finger during the different intensities of effort.
So ... Why is there a specific lactation test for triathlon?
This test is indicated to know the rhythms to which we must run once we get off the bike to start the race on foot and to guarantee that we carry a correct rhythm to be able to perform in the most optimal way in this last segment of the competition.
Why is it so important to know this information?
It is essential to know the data of the transition of our body from aerobic to anaerobic.
If lactate does not increase in blood, the development of exercise is essentially aerobic, and that exercise can be carried out for a long time without fatigue.
If we have done the lactation test we will be able to know at what speed our lactate concentration increases and we begin to enter the anaerobic threshold, being aware that this intensity will cause fatigue in a short time.
This moment of transition is called the lactic threshold and it will help us to define the competition rhythms to guarantee optimal performance while enjoying the competition while achieving a good result.
Steps to perform the test:
- Test preparation, it is recommended to go with comfortable clothes, bicycle cleats and a heart rate monitor to monitor the pulsations
- Explanation of the operation of the bicycle and the data it provides
- Review of our effort perception
- Blood Shot
- Lactate analysis in blood during the bike segment
- Step to treadmill
- Data monitoring, pulsations and tape speed
- In the lactate machine where you can see how the maximum is approaching 4 and where we must establish our anaerobic threshold start
- Graph where the collected results
- Analysis of data by Dr. Nuñez together with the athlete
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