VO2 and heart rate kinetics in cycling: transitions from an elevated baseline

J Appl Physiol (1985). 2001 Jun;90(6):2081-7. doi: 10.1152/jappl.2001.90.6.2081.


The purpose of this study was to examine oxygen consumption (VO2) and heart rate kinetics during moderate and repeated bouts of heavy square-wave cycling from an exercising baseline. Eight healthy, male volunteers performed square-wave bouts of leg ergometry above and below the gas exchange threshold separated by recovery cycling at 35% VO2 peak. VO2 and heart rate kinetics were modeled, after removal of phase I data by use of a biphasic on-kinetics and monoexponential off-kinetics model. Fingertip capillary blood was sampled 45 s before each transition for base excess, HCO and lactate concentration, and pH. Base excess and HCO concentration were significantly lower, whereas lactate concentration and pH were not different before the second bout. The results confirm earlier reports of a smaller mean response time in the second heavy bout. This was the result of a significantly greater fast-component amplitude and smaller slow-component amplitude with invariant fast-component time constant. A role for local oxygen delivery limitation in heavy exercise transitions with unloaded but not moderate baselines is presented.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Algorithms
  • Bicycling / physiology*
  • Cardiac Output / physiology
  • Female
  • Heart Rate / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Kinetics
  • Male
  • Models, Biological
  • Oxygen Consumption / physiology*
  • Parasympathetic Nervous System / physiology
  • Pulmonary Gas Exchange / physiology
  • Regional Blood Flow / physiology
  • Stroke Volume / physiology
  • Sympathetic Nervous System / physiology