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altitude adjustment(6 posts)

altitude adjustmentDrD
Apr 22, 2002 4:52 AM
Ok - so how long does it take to adjust to higher altitude? I just moved from around sea level in TX to 5000-6000 ft in NM (Albuquerque) - been here for about a week, went out for a ride this weekend - the climbing isn't a problem at first (everything seems to be a pretty gradual slope that I have run into thus far - not as steep as in Austin, but much much longer) - then I notice that my lungs are sore/burning because I am breathing so hard (it was like I was trying to inhale more air than my lungs could hold... sort of odd) - I have heard that it generally takes a day per 1000 ft., so I figured after a week or so I should be fine... The weird thing was that I wasn't even riding hard - my legs weren't getting fatigued, I just couldn't seem to breathe well!

I won't even get started about the wind in the afternoons here...
re: altitude adjustmentzeke
Apr 22, 2002 5:37 AM
should take about 2 weeks. you need time to produce more red blood cells and the size of your heart will increase slightly to produce a greater stroke volume, ie at each beat your heart will input/output more blood than it did at the lower altitude.
might not be the O2, might be what's in itterry b
Apr 22, 2002 7:02 AM
Is that you Dave?

very bad these last two weeks in ABQ for dust and pollen. I'm not normally an allergic person, but the Mulberry is killing me this year. much harder on my lungs, and I've been here for 12 years. Might be you're cramming a whole new set of allergins in your lungs along with the lower O2 content.
might not be the O2, might be what's in itDrD
Apr 23, 2002 4:37 AM
Sure is!

You could certainly be right - I have definitely noticed the dust (mid-day Saturday was interesting...) - haven't had any of the "traditional" allergy problems (itchy eyes, congestion, etc.) , though - just the burning sensation in the lungs as I ramp up the effort level... I was just going up and down the roads on the east side of Tramway, then down Paseo del Norte and back up - I was thinking I would do more or less the same thing this afternoon, except that instead of paseo, I would continue down Tramway and head up the road to the La Luz trailhead, so we'll see how that goes... next weekend at some point I will head up 333 to 14 in then up the back side of Sandia... curious to see how I will do on that...
Saturday was a bearterry b
Apr 23, 2002 5:28 AM
Yea, some friends and I did the ride out to San Ysidro (Rte. 550) from Rio Rancho, naturally starting out just as the wind began in earnest. The anemometer on my barn was reading 15-20 with a 36 mph gust. The dust was really fun especially where they've scraped the sage for another housing development.

The La Luz road is a lot of fun, and average of 8% all the way up from Tramway. Have fun in the Sandias.
i live in santa fe, i know how it goesnyedid
Apr 22, 2002 7:19 AM
I live in santa fe(7300 ft), so i'm just up the road from you. i'm a college student here, and i've found that every time i go to sea level (where home is), it takes me about six weeks to feel fully acclimated. exercise helps a lot, though. figure a month if you're reasonably fit. my understanding is that one's body must ramp up production of red blood cells, which takes some time. i've found that my bones hurt sometimes when i come back and have been exercising hard, which suggests my body is working to make more RBC. keep me posted.