Nevner at «central fatigue» kommer av lavt oksygennivå, spesielt etter lange treningsøkter. «Peripheral fatigue» kommer etter korte og intense treningøkter.
Time to complete 4 km, 20 km and 40 km was 6.0±0.2 min, 31.8±1.0 min and 65.8±2.2 min, at average exercise intensities of 96%, 92% and 87% of VO2max, respectively.
Greater peripheral fatigue was evident after the 4 km (40% reduction in potentiated twitch) compared to the 20 km (31%) and 40 km TTs (29%). In contrast, longer TTs were characterized by more central fatigue, with greater reductions in voluntary activation measured by motor nerve (-11% and -10% for 20 km and 40 km vs. -7% for 4 km) and cortical (-12% and -10% for 20 km and 40 km vs. -6% for 4 km) stimulation.
These data demonstrate fatigue after self-paced exercise is task-dependent, with a greater degree of peripheral fatigue after shorter, higher intensity (∼6 min) TTs and more central fatigue after longer, lower intensity TTs (>30 min).