Anaerobic Threshold test in heavy snowshoes?

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    I am staying in a mountain for 10 days and consider doing my first AnT test. My Fitness CTL has reached 76 in short time, which is pretty good as I am targeting 85 for July and I have caught up with my ATP. But my leg endurance is low, so I will limit the test to 30 min. There is a nice steep slope with 25 min warm-up slope before it. We have beaten with snowshoes the path up the slope twice with my girlfriend. My snowshoes with my winter shoes are 4.5 kg and will place a toll on my muscles. Then, I am not sure I can generate maximum speed in these conditions. My question is – will testing in these conditions will give me a reliable result for my AnT?

    This question came to my mind after reading Scott’s paper:

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    pedro on #75666

    Hi George,

    For the test to have valid data, in this case, the amount of weight you carry , the weight of your snow shoes should not be a limitation to perform, the limitation should be aerobic capacity and muscle endurance. Snow shoes tend to jam your gait and so ability to perform.
    If you decide to do the test with this conditions , the next test should be done the same way in order for you to be able to compare results.



    George on #75738

    Thanks Pedro for the advice. I re-read the UH paper on how to make the AnT test and there was a possibility to make the test even on a treadmill. And this would be the most reproducible way to test even in a year’s time. However, we want to make the test relevant to our real mountain event. Of course, I can not test at 6000 m, as we do not have it here, but at least I can test at 2000 m, which was my plan. I can test in normal light summer shoes at 900 m and this would be reproducible even in the summer, but AnT goes down with altitude? Do you know how much, especially at the age of 61? Next, I am taking performance-enhancing supplements like L-Carnitine, L-Glutamine, green coffee, negatively charged hydrogen, and organic potassium to name the major. Should I stop them, or I plan to use them also on my 7000 m. peak? Your insight is valuable. Thanks in advance.

    pedro on #75739

    Hi George ,

    Nutrition and supplements , the person you should consult is our dietitian Rebecca Dent.
    In term of testing , ideal is that you can reproduce and compare the test as much as possible in order to validate data, that’s why most of the studies are made in a lab where the environment is controlled as much as possible . That doesn’t says studies are not done out of the lab, but the principles of the lab prevail in order to validate data .



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