Does going slow make you slow? Do you need to go slow to make you fast? We look into the reasoning behind two opposite training philosophies, then figure out what aerobic base really is, what's effective, and why.
We check out some old research to find the origins of common lactate myths like its role in fatigue, its acidity, the "anaerobic threshold," and whether it's a metabolic dead end. Then we correct the record with modern science while figuring out how smart scientists came to the wrong conclusions.
History of lactate papers:
Detailed look at acidity in metabolism
Experiment with sprints, 20 vs 120 second rests
Lactate in trained vs untrained cyclists