Critical power (CP) is a theoretical construct reflecting the highest work rate that can
be maintained by continuous aerobic energy resynthesis for an infinite period of time.
In practice, however, the CP estimate derived from mathematical modelling usually
leads to exhaustion within 1 h. While previous research has used traditional measures
of aerobic fitness to validate CP, there is disagreement in the literature as to whether
CP reflects a physiological steady or a non-steady state. Furthermore, the practical
applications of the CP construct have received limited research attention. Therefore,
the purpose of this thesis was to clarify the applicability of CP to endurance exercise.
|Date of Award||Sep 2010|