One year ago I did a medical test and the result was aerobic threshold = 167 and anaerobic threshold = 178. Since then I have been training harder so I suspect the threshold is a bit higher.
So few days ago I did a test consisting on running 10 km quite hard for my fitness. I ran alone on a flat circuit and I managed to run 40:20 with an average HR of 177 (last few km I was running at 3:55/km and got up to 183 HR). The feeling was good, but at the same time I recognise that I probably ran as fast as I could.
Talking with some other athletes they all said 'Oh well if this was during a training, you'd absolutely run below 40 if in a race'. However, that seemed strange to me, since:
- I ran as fast as I could, probably.
- My HR were almost the maximum.
But they insist on saying that competition days make people run faster. I am competitive myself and know that I would probably try to go faster if surrounded by other athletes, but at the same time I am curious about what values (HR, speed, resistance to fatigue) would improve in relation to a normal training day.
Is it somehow explainable through data or it is just a kind of 'you can' that makes you suffer a bit more than normal?