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Coachdion - 17/07/2017 09:34:48
   
Training for Altitude
I live at sea level, and have entered a mountain race that climbs from 200m to 2100m and spends enough km over 1000m to make me try anything in my training to help me with the thinner air!

are there any tricks out there that work?

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SarahCrunning - 20/07/2017 18:46:43
   
RE:Training for Altitude
I love hills and mountains but I can't claim to be an altitude expert. However, as with most things, I think grabbing any opportunities you can to get some experience of similar conditions will be key - everyone reacts differently so you will need to learn how your body copes with altitude and adapt accordingly. I don't know if there are any 'tricks', but Sports Dietician Rin Cobb has written a couple of great articles on how to adapt your nutrition to help you cope with the physical demands of high-altitude running:

https://www.runultra.co.uk/Articles/September-2014/High-Altitude-Ultra-Running-Advice

https://www.runultra.co.uk/Training/March-2016/Nutrition-for-mountain-trail-and-ultra-running

You might also find this interview with James Bingham interesting as he is a mountaineer and runner and talks about the mental and physical aspects of his exploits:

https://www.runultra.co.uk/Articles/April-2016/James-Bingham-Q-A

Good luck!
Sarah Cooke

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Coachdion - 21/07/2017 08:03:24
   
RE:Training for Altitude
Thank you Sarah
Hadn't really thought about nutrition! which will help a lot, I will really watch what I eat leading up to the race and what food i take with me.

I've been looking at ways I can raise my 'EPO' levels without drugs or training at altitude!
I've been thinking about, and trying breathing exercises: like when I swim instead of breathing every stroke (my normal) breathing ever other stroke! My thought is that might tell the body to learn how to use the air a little better, learn how to take more oxygen from each breath.

But maybe food is the way to go... (and lots of hills!)

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SarahCrunning - 21/07/2017 18:48:16
   
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That's interesting and not something I'd thought of. I hope the combination of nutrition, breathing techniques and hill training works for you.
Sarah Cooke

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