In a previous article, we explained the way to improve Aerobic Capacity. So, where does Lactate Threshold fit in?
It is important to understand that the body is constantly producing lactic acid. At rest, blood lactate concentration is usually below 2.0mmol/L. This does not create an issue because in the presence of oxygen, during rest and low intensity exercise, the body is able to convert lactate back into energy.
However, as exercise intensity increases, the oxygen supply is unable to match the demands of our muscles and as a result, the body turns to stored glycogen or carbohydrates for energy.
The breakdown of glycogen results in the production of lactic acid which is unsustainable during endurance performance. The accumulation of lactic acid is the feeling when you are running or cycling fast for a few minutes and the legs start to feel very heavy.