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Altitude Adjustment Question(3 posts)

Altitude Adjustment Questiongarhead
May 6, 2002 7:12 AM
I live at sea level & will be doing the Santa Fe Century in 2 weeks. The alt there is 7500 ft. What can I do to speed up my adjustment. FWIW I will be getting there 5 days before the ride. Does training hard when i get there speed up the process?? Are there any East German Doc's in this group? :)
Welcome to Santa Fe!theBreeze
May 6, 2002 7:09 PM
I wouldn't train hard when you get here or you will just burn yourself out before the event. Five days is enough time to avoid any altitude sickness, but not enough to make significant physical adjustments. You will still be ahead of the people who fly in the day before. My best advice is to do a couple short (20-40 mile) rides, rest the day before and make sure to stay well hydrated. We have been experiencing extremely dry weather here and dehydration makes the effects of altitude worse.

Hope you've been working some hills wherever you are. Some significant rollers and a long steady climb from about mile 20 to 27. Then Heartbreak Hill just after mile 37. My advice is don't stop at the food stop at the bottom if you don't absolutly have to. After that the worst is over, but for the last 15-20 miles which are steadily uphill, and possibly into some wind. Coming from sea level I wouldn't count on setting a PR. Pace yourself and have fun!

Our training group here had a great day to ride yesterday. Did from the century start point out to H'break Hill (the top, WhooHoo!) and back; 80 miles and 5,100' gain. Clear and no wind outbound, then a nice friendly tail wind back into town. Here's hoping we get a day like it on the 19th!!

See you there :)
Welcome to Santa Fe!garhead
May 7, 2002 1:35 AM
Breeze, Thank you very much for the info. Can you please shoot me an email. My addy is keith.cotton@wcom.com. I have some more questions including a recommendation of a LBS.
Thanks again