Having people zip past you as your energy bottoms out before the end of a race can be very discouraging. All that training, preparation and effort only to run out of gas...
Aside from the bozo who cuts you off, causing a 15-cycle pileup 200 meters from the finish line, there is probably nothing that arouses your ire more than being passed by a half dozen cyclists just ahead of the finish line. You eat the right foods, you ride every day and you seem to be making improvement in your practice sessions. So what is the problem?
It could be your endurance.
What Causes Poor Endurance?
Quite often, through no fault of your own, your body simply is not utilizing the oxygen you breathe as efficiently as it could. Some people have a higher maximal oxygen intake than others. Maximal oxygen intake is also known as VO2 max. Generally, men have higher VO2 max than women, young people have a superior VO2 max to older people and trained athletes have a much higher VO2 max than non-athletes. Those with the highest VO2 max are world-class endurance athletes, including cyclists.
Studies of VO2 max have shown that elite athletes do not always have as much strength as others. What they do have, however, is exceptional endurance. Some athletes can compete over short distances, but without endurance, their lungs and bodies tire easily.
Endurance increases with proper training, coaching techniques and diet, but another factor inhibits performance: Running economy. This term refers to a person’s ability to vie competitively at a level lower than maximal oxygen intake.
Consider two racers with similar body strength cycling side-by-side for several kilometers. If one of the riders is pumping along at VO2 max, and the other is moving at less than VO2 max, the one working at less than maximal oxygen intake will be more rested throughout the race than the second competitor. Thus, the athlete who is able to compete at less than VO2 max will have more energy to expend as the two competitors approach the finish line.
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