Exercising with reserve 2

Objective: The purpose of this study was to examine ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) and performance during repetitive maximal effort 40 km time trials as well as after an intervention that aimed to decrease certainty
about the remaining distance of the exercise bout. In addition, we examined the RPE during exercise bouts of
markedly different duration.

Methods: Part 1: 12 well-trained, competitive-level cyclists completed five 40 km time trials. During the final
time trial all feedback was withheld until the final kilometre. In addition, to cause confusion about the
remaining distance, they were asked to report their RPE at random intervals from 18 km to 38 km. Part 2: 6 welltrained, recreation-level cyclists randomly completed a 5 km, 10 km, 40 km and 100 km time trial.

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Exercising with reserve 2

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