Caffeine Alters Anaerobic Distribution and Pacing during a 4000-m Cycling Time Trial

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de Alcantara Santos, Ralmony, Kiss, Maria A, Silva-Cavalcante, Marcos David, Correia-Oliveira, Carlos Rafaell, Bertuzzi, Romulo, Bishop, David and Lima-Silva, Adriano E (2013) Caffeine Alters Anaerobic Distribution and Pacing during a 4000-m Cycling Time Trial. PLoS ONE, 8 (9). ISSN 1932-6203

Abstract

The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effects of caffeine ingestion on pacing strategy and energy expenditure during a 4000-m cycling time-trial (TT). Eight recreationally-trained male cyclists volunteered and performed a maximal incremental test and a familiarization test on their first and second visits, respectively. On the third and fourth visits, the participants performed a 4000-m cycling TT after ingesting capsules containing either caffeine (5 mg.kg−1 of body weight, CAF) or cellulose (PLA). The tests were applied in a double-blind, randomized, repeated-measures, cross-over design. When compared to PLA, CAF ingestion increased mean power output [219.1±18.6 vs. 232.8±21.4 W; effect size (ES) = 0.60 (95% CI = 0.05 to 1.16), p = 0.034] and reduced the total time [419±13 vs. 409±12 s; ES = −0.71 (95% CI = −0.09 to −1.13), p = 0.026]. Furthermore, anaerobic contribution during the 2200-, 2400-, and 2600-m intervals was significantly greater in CAF than in PLA (p<0.05). However, the mean anaerobic [64.9±20.1 vs. 57.3±17.5 W] and aerobic [167.9±4.3 vs. 161.8±11.2 W] contributions were similar between conditions (p>0.05). Similarly, there were no significant differences between CAF and PLA for anaerobic work (26363±7361 vs. 23888±6795 J), aerobic work (68709±2118 vs. 67739±3912 J), or total work (95245±8593 vs. 91789±7709 J), respectively. There was no difference for integrated electromyography, blood lactate concentration, heart rate, and ratings of perceived exertion between the conditions. These results suggest that caffeine increases the anaerobic contribution in the middle of the time trial, resulting in enhanced overall performance.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/24221
DOI https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0075399
Official URL http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.137...
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Keywords caffeine, diet, electromyography, fatigue, heart rate, ingestion, muscle analysis, oxygen
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