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Research article
Treadmill and Cycle Ergometer Tests are Interchangeable to Monitor Triathletes Annual Training
Fabien A. Basset , Marcel R. Boulay
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Division de Kinésiologie, Département de Médecine Sociale et Préventive, Faculté de Médecine, Université Laval, Ste-Foy (Québec), Canada

Fabien A. Basset
✉ Division de Kinésiologie, Département de Médecine Sociale et Préventive, Faculté de Médecine, Université Laval, Ste-Foy (Québec), Canada G1K 7P4
Email: fabien.basset@kin.msp.ulaval.ca
Publish Date
Received: 05-05-2003
Accepted: 07-08-2003
Published (online): 01-09-2003
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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to verify the use of a single test to obtain annual training guidelines applicable to multiple modes of training. Eight triathletes (4 females, 4 males) were tested 3 times during their training year (Phase I; Phase II; Phase III) on a treadmill and cycle ergometer. Cardio-respiratory variables were calculated at standardized percentages of maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max; 50-100%). VO2max differences between tests reached 6% in every testing session (p ≤ 0.01). VO2max was stable for both tests throughout the season. The ANOVA (3 phases x 2 tests x 6 intensities) demonstrated that there was a significant difference for heart rate (HRs; p ≤ 0.05) between tests in Phase I only. However, the nonparametric sign test did not show any significant differences in any phase. These results demonstrated that triathletes could use the relationship between HR and % VO2max collected during a treadmill or a cycle ergometer test to obtain interchangeable reference HRs for monitoring their running and cycling training bouts in high volume and/or high intensity phases of their training year.

Key words: Performance test, triathlete, VO, monitoring of training, heart rate


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