The relationship of physiology and training to 10 km performance in female athletes




Hartley, Tim

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The relationship between endurance performance and physiology is well established. Most studies of this relationship do not examine the relationship of training to performance and physiology. In this study, 5 female subjects were recruited to provide training data in the four weeks immediately preceding a local 10k event (TC10k). Their training was quantified according to the TRIMP model (Banister et al.) in an attempt to examine the relationships between training, performance, and physiology. An additional 8 female subjects were recruited in order to confirm the relationships between performance and physiology. All subjects (n=13) raced in the TC10k, and underwent an evaluation of VO2max, LT and RE. The composite measures of vVO2max and vLT were also calculated. TC10k performance ranged from 4.31 to 2.71 m·s-1. VO2max (54.0±6.9 mL·min-1 · kg-1), vVO2max (4.00±0.45 m·s -1), LT (42.9±5.1 mL·min-1 · kg-1) and vLT (3.13+0.36 m·s-1) were all significantly correlated to race performance (r2=0.76-0.82, p<0.05). Due to the small training ‘n’, a statistical analysis of the relationships of training to performance and physiology was not indicated. This study employed a number of changes to the TRIMP calculation of training, which bear further examination.



Women athletes, Runners (sports), Physiology, Training