Effect of swimming intensity on subsequent cycling and overall triathlon performance

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To investigate the effects of different swimming intensities on subsequent cycling and overall triathlon performance.Methods: Nine highly trained, male triathletes completed five separate laboratory sessions comprising one graded exercise test, a swim time trial (STT), and three sprint distance triathlons (TRI). The swimming velocities of the three TRI sessions were 80–85% (S80), 90–95% (S90), and 98–102% (S100) of the STT velocity. Subsequent cycling and running were performed at a perceived maximal intensity. Swimming stroke mechanics were measured during the swim. Plasma lactate concentration and ratings of perceived exertion were recorded at the conclusion of the swim and over the course of subsequent cycling and running. Oxygen consumption was recorded during the cycle.Results: The S80 and S90 cycle times were faster than the S100 cycle time (p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)960-964
JournalBritish Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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