In this study the effect of complete visual stimulus deprivation and manipulation of auditory timing signals during this deprivation on pacing strategy during an exercise bout were examined. 7 moderately trained men completed four 40-km cycling time trials under laboratory conditions in either normal light or absolute darkness, with either correct or manipulated auditory timing signals and without any other timing cues. The subjects were told to perform the time trial in the fastest time possible. There was no significant difference among trials for time to perform the trial, power output, heart rate, or ratings of perceived exertion, indicating that brain-control mechanisms responsible for pacing are not affected by manipulation of light or auditory signals.
Perceptual and Motor Skills / Vol. 105, No. 3f, pp.1227-1241