Reproducibility of Endurance Performance on a Treadmill Using a Preloaded Time Trial

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  • Purpose: The purpose of this study was to establish a highly reproducible test to measure endurance performance in runners. Methods: We evaluated the reproducibility of endurance performance during a 10-km time trial performed on a treadmill after a 90-min preload run at 65% of maximal oxygen uptake (VO 2max). After screening and a practice test, eight endurance runners (4 men, 4 women, 33.4 ± 10.1 yr, VO2max = 60.3 ± 6.3 mL·kg-1·min-1 in men and 51.8 ± 2.2 mL·kg-1·min-1 in women, mean ± SD) completed two preloaded time trial tests spaced 3-4 wk apart in men and one menstrual cycle apart in women. A high-carbohydrate diet (15% protein, 10% fat, 75% carbohydrate) was provided the day before both tests. Results: Runners completed time trial I and time trial 2 in 45:41 ± 4:45 and 45:24 ± 5:03 min:s, respectively (43:29 ± 5:02 and 43:12 ± 5:14 min:s for men and 47:53 ± 3:47 and 47:35 ± 4:23 min:s for women, trials 1 and 2, respectively). The within-subject coefficient of variation for 10-km time was 1.00% ± 0.25% (point estimate ± estimated standard error) (0.54% ± 0.19% for men and 1.26% ± 0.45% for women). Conclusion: These results suggest that performance measured as time to complete a 10-km time trial on a treadmill after a 90-min preload is extremely reliable and may be useful for future research assessing the effect of diet, ergogenic substances, or training methods on endurance running performance.
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  • Russell RD; Redmann SM; Ravussin E; Hunter GR; Larson-Meyer DE
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  • 717
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  • 724
  • Volume

  • 36
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  • 4