Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master in Human Performance



First Advisor

Paul Wright

Second Advisor

Chad Kerksick

Third Advisor

Kathryn Tessmer


There are many different philosophies on how cyclist should train and about the different training modes available to them. It is important to know how to use these different modes of training to maximize the efforts. Training with power, heart rate, and perceived effort all have several advantages and disadvantages. The purpose of this study was to compare these different modes of training over an 8 week period to see if there is a difference between them. The participants were tested before and after the training period to show if there was any significant differences between them.

The study consisted of 22 total participants. These participants were broken into 3 groups: power, heart rate, and perceived effort. 1 participant failed to complete the training protocols. Each group had 7 subjects (5 males and 2 females). Each group performed a roughly 20min threshold test and up to 30sec maximum power tests 3 total times before and after an 8 week training period. Averages were taken for the 3 maximum power sprints as well as finish maximum heart rate and finish times for data comparisons. Sports Emotional Reaction Profiles were made at both pre and post training period to determine if there was a specific physiological profile for each type of training mode.

A significant difference (p= .038) was found in the heart rate group for an increase in maximum power. This group also saw a positive difference (p= .052) for an increase in finish time. An increase was seen in the power group for average maximum power. No other significant or positive results were seen within the study. There was no difference in the physiological profiles from the SERP questionnaire of the athletes in any of the groups.

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