Blood Lactate Myth
BY- Sean Burke
The last several weeks I’ve been attacking sacred cows, but this week we’ll move on to myths. Today, we are going to dispel the myth that blood lactate is a bad thing, a waste product, or a by-product.. In fact, lactate is required for life, and is actually in your blood all the time.
Blood lactate gets a bad reputation. It is known as the harbinger of pain, discomfort, and and race ending breakdowns. While it may be all of those things, it is also a metabolite that is always present in your blood, and is necessary for high intensity exercise. Without lactate, you would be unable to bridge up to that break 20 seconds up the road, or lay the smack down going up that hill. Even worse, all your red blood cells would die. [Read more…] about Blood Lactate Myth