Rusko, H. (1986). Analysis of physiological response to training and competition among Finnish endurance athletes. Athletic Performance Review, 1(10), 1-2. (Abstract)

Terminal lactates were taken on Finnish cross-country skiers at the end of championship events (males 15 km and females 5 km). The following were found for the males:

The following were found for the females:

Implications. There is little value in post-race lactates for they do not relate to absolute race placings. They do seem to be slightly related to the fast out -- slow home, type of race pacing. Even pacing of effort is crucial for cross-country skiing.

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