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J Strength Cond Res. 2003 May;17(2):319-23.

Effectiveness of cycle cross-training between competitive seasons in female distance runners.

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California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California 93407, USA.


The purpose of this study was to examine whether substituting 50% of run training volume with cycling ("cross-training") would maintain 3,000-m race time and estimated Vo(2)max in competitive female distance runners during a 5-week recuperative phase. Eleven collegiate runners were randomly assigned to either the run training-only (R) group (n = 6) or the cycle training (R/C) group (n = 5), which cross-trained on alternate days. The groups trained daily at a reduced intensity (75-80% of maximum heart rate). Training volume was similar to the competitive season (40-50 mi x wk(-1)) except that cycling represented 50% of volume for the R/C group. On follow-up, 3,000-m time was 1.4% (9 seconds) slower in the R group and 3.4% (22 seconds) slower in the R/C group. No important change in estimated Vo(2)max was found for either group. It was concluded that cycle cross-training adequately maintained aerobic performance during the recuperative phase between the cross-country and track seasons, comparable to the primary sport of running.

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