Optimal power for lactate clearance

We all know that after a hard effort we need to keep pedalling to clear the overload of lactate, I’m interested to know if there are optimal outputs of power to do this.

So for example a rider has a 300W FTP, then produces a 5 minute effort of around 380W, that’ll obviously require some recovery. Will that recovery be quicker if they do 150W, 200W or 250W etc.

Obviously 150W would be nicer, but if forcing yourself to put out more to recover quicker is beneficial then that would be good to know.


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