Yes you can bring your VT1 pace closer to your VT2 pace. Meaning that when you blow at your VT2 pace your pace doesn’t drop drastically.
From my N=1 experience:
- VO2 block = VO2 power proxies, FTP, and aerobic threshold all increase with largest gains in short duration and smallest gains in long duration
- FTP block = largest gains in FTP and FTP TTE, modest gains in aerobic threshold, minimal to no gains in VO2 power proxies
- Endurance riding (plus some occasional tempo work) = pushes aerobic threshold closer to FTP, extends FTP TTE, creates greater potential for VO2 power proxies to improve at the next VO2 block
- Anaerobic work = makes power meter go BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR and gives me big numbers that impress my friends for a few weeks
- Sprint work = makes power meter go BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR and gives me big numbers that impress my friends for a few weeks
Right, you’ve sold me.
I think you just summed up an entire sports training in a simple paragraph.
I might frame this
Where can I get some of those anaerobic/sprint “impress your friends for a few weeks” gains?
Not sure what you meant by aerobic…
The Aerobic Threshold (AeT) is a when lactate rises, as a marker from switching from predominantly fat oxidation fueling to carb burning. And from reading San Millan stuff I scratch my head a bit as a pro with great lactate clearance can actually be burning carbs without a rise in blood lactate. I guess this is why San Millan also does gas exchange to determine fat/carb oxidation rates? I dunno. Have quite a few questions if I ever were blessed to be tested by someone of his credentials and experience. Not that my hobby can afford another reason to drop more coin