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Complex Interplay Between Determinants of Pacing and Performance During 20 km Cycle Time Trials

Renfree, Andrew and West, Julia and Corbett, Mark and Rhoden, Clare and St Clair Gibson, Alan (2012) Complex Interplay Between Determinants of Pacing and Performance During 20 km Cycle Time Trials. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 7 (2). pp. 121-129. ISSN 1555-0265

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Abstract

Purpose This study examined the determinants of pacing strategy and performance during self paced maximal exercise. Methods Eight well trained cyclists completed two 20 km time trials. Power output, RPE, positive and negative affect, and iEMG activity of the active musculature were recorded every 0.5km, confidence in achieving pre-exercise goals was assessed every 5 km, and blood lactate and pH were measured post-exercise. Differences in all parameters were assessed between fastest (FAST) and slowest (SLOW) trials performed. Results Mean power output was significantly higher during the initial 90% of FAST, but not the final 10%, and blood lactate concentration was significantly higher and pH significantly lower following FAST. Mean iEMG activity was significantly higher throughout SLOW. RPE was similar throughout both trials, but participants had significantly more positive affect and less negative affect throughout FAST. Participants grew less confident in their ability to achieve their goals throughout SLOW. Conclusions The results suggest that affect may be the primary psychological regulator of pacing strategy and that higher levels of positivity and lower levels of negativity may have been associated with a more aggressive strategy during FAST. Although the exact mechanisms through which affect acts to influence performance are unclear, it may determine the degree of physiological disruption that can be tolerated, or be reflective of peripheral physiological status in relation to the still to be completed exercise task.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: electromyography, affect, RPE, cycling
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Sport and Exercise Science
Copyright Info: Human Kinetics
Depositing User: Andrew Renfree
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2012 12:38
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2013 10:13
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/1646

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