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Metabolic Factors Limiting Performance in Marathon Runners

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Relative use of fat and carbohydrate as metabolic fuels depends on exercise intensity.

Fractional usage of carbohydrate (plasma glucose plus muscle glycogen, blue filled curve, ) and fat (plasma free fatty acids plus muscle triglycerides, red filled curve, ) are shown as functions of relative exercise intensity, . (Based on the work of Romijn and colleagues: Points plotted correspond to data points from the 1993 study [24], and corresponding error bars are computed as described in the Methods section.)

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doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000960.g001