Journal article

Participation in a 1,000-mile race increases the oxidation of carbohydrate in Alaskan sled dogs

Benjamin F Miller, Joshua C Drake, Frederick F Peelor, Laurie M Biela, Raymond Geor, Kenneth Hinchcliff, Michael Davis, Karyn L Hamilton

JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY | AMER PHYSIOLOGICAL SOC | Published : 2015

Abstract

The Alaskan Husky has been specifically bred for endurance performance and is capable of extreme endurance performance. We examined sled dogs in the trained state at the beginning of the race season and after a 1,600-km race (Iditarod). Our hypothesis was that lipids would be the predominant substrate during submaximal exercise in long-distance racing sled dogs, and a 1,600-km race would increase the reliance on lipids during an exercise bout at the same absolute exercise intensity. The experiments were completed over three testing periods, which were completed in January of two different years before participation in a 1,600-km race, or in March shortly after completion of a 1,600-km race. ..

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