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Table 2 Physiological responses during the simulated 20 km time trial (20TT) Pre- and Post-Taper. Values are Mean (SD). T30 (30% reduction in weekly training volume; n = 5), T50 (50% reduction in weekly training volume; n = 5), T80 (80% reduction in weekly training volume; n = 5). * indicates significantly different from Pre-test, p ≤ 0.05; #indicates p = 0.057 from Pre-test.

From: Muscle oxygenation trends after tapering in trained cyclists

Variable Pre-Taper Post-Taper
  T30 T50 T80 T30 T50 T80
Time (min) 27:03(1:29) 26:34(0:56) 26:10(2:58) 27:40(2:34) 25:25(1:23)# 25:31(2:07)
VO2 (L·min-1) 3.28 (0.54) 4.04 (0.24) 4.09 (0.59) 3.17 (0.56) 4.22 (0.11) 4.15 (0.39)
%VO2max 74.6% 86.9% 84.7% 72.1% 90.7% 85.3%
VCO2(L·min-1) 3.39 (0.95) 3.82 (0.26) 3.84 (0.49) 3.31 (0.93) 4.07 (0.21) 4.07 (0.31)
VE (L·min-1) 81.0 (17.2) 102.1 (12.2) 103.1(13.2) 81.7 (16.4) 95.0 (5.9) 106.1 (10.2)
VE/VO2 24.7 (1.9) 25.3 (2.2) 25.2 (1.1) 25.8 (1.0) 22.5 (1.7) * 26.1 (1.2)
RER 1.03 (0.07) 0.95 (0.02) 0.94 (0.03) 1.04 (0.03) 0.97 (0.04) 0.98 (0.03)
HR (b·min-1) 169 (5) 175 (9) 173 (13) 173 (4) 174 (13) 179 (5)
O2 pulse (mL·b-1) 19.3 (2.8) 23.2 (2.4) 23.6 (1.8) 18.3 (3.3) 24.3 (2.2) 21.9 (1.4)
Hb/Mb-O2 (mV) -455 (270) -731 (155) -770 (183) -403 (170) -1167 (224) * -847 (106)
RPE 13.9 (2.3) 16.2 (1.6) 16.3 (1.3) 14.9 (2.0) 16.8 (1.5) 16.3 (1.2)
Thigh Skinfold (mm) 8.9 (1.8) 9.2 (1.7) 9.0 (1.9) 9.0 (1.9) 9.1 (1.6) 9.2 (1.8)