Thursday, December 23, 2010

Benefits Of Altitude

I'm spending the week in Steamboat Springs, CO with Tri-Brother and (now) Tri-Sister. If this week had a theme song it'd be "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!" What a great place. And next time you're here, check out Bistro C.V. for dinner. Worth the trip even if you're not a skier.

Anyway, today I ran across Matt Fitzgerald's counter-intuitive article on high-altitude training.
"Boulder’s mile-high elevation is one of the worst possible environments for endurance athletes to make their homes in. It’s not high enough to significantly change blood chemistry in most people, yet it’s also just high enough to significantly reduce performance in high-intensity workouts, so that athletes get a little less benefit from each quality session."
As he says, don't shoot me, I'm just the messenger!

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