There are many reasons why an endurance athlete may not reach their peak potential. This article attempts to provide an overview of some of the more common reasons many individuals struggle to achieve their best. Each list item will include the reason, an explanation, and a link to more detailed information on the topic.
What is VO2 Max?
Your VO₂ max is the maximum volume of oxygen that can be taken in via the lungs, transported via the bloodstream, and utilised by the muscles. It is a key performance indicator for endurance events because athletes with a high VO₂ max value are able to create more energy aerobically and without producing fatiguing metabolic byproducts such as lactic acid.