Hey guys! I am having a great time in Disney, so I have turned the blogging reigns over to some willing participants for the next couple of days. I hope you enjoy, and show them the same support you all show me. Today’s post comes from Courtney. Be sure to check out her blog!
I remember what it was like when I traveled from my town outside of Houston, Texas to Colorado for softball tournaments. The warm-up run would begin and I am wondering, “What is wrong with me?” Sometimes I would even feel queasy, even flu-like symptoms. As the old saying goes if I knew then what I know now things would be completely different.
For most athletes, weekend warriors, etc. a change in altitude will never be a problem. However for those that altitude will be an issue – here are some ideas to help you train for your event:
1. Compete within 24 hours of arrival to altitude
2. Train at 1,500 to 3,00 m above sea level for at least two weeks before the event
3. Live at a high altitude and train at a low altitude
a. There is controversy on this method. It is also for those more elite athletes or those who are not just weekend warrior
b. It is said that it increases your red blood cell mass by EPO which means you will have an increase in VO2max – which everyone wants
Generally at altitude endurance performance decreases and for sprinters and interval training performance increases. This would explain my unusual feelings as I tried to do the old warm-up run around the field before pre-game rituals. When it comes to altitude changes and performance not only do you have to be prepared you also need to know your body!
QOTD: Have you ever struggled with altitude issues? Any stories?