Thursday, July 8, 2010

Anticipating altitude adjustment

Today's workout (elliptical): 24 minutes

Despite the heat of the last few days my running comfort has been fine. The old cliche "It's not the heat, it's the humidity" actually makes great sense. While it has been relatively dry this week, this morning's dew point of 70 and temperatures heading to the 90's makes it feel darn uncomfortable. I forgot to set up my running gear last night and when I got up I thought it would be easier and more time-efficient to do an elliptical session. That was a good decision and although the indoor air was plenty humid I had little trouble getting through my workout.

I'm thinking about running in Colorado next week and wondering  how that will go. With altitudes of 6,000 feet and higher I know I won't be running very long. AG wrote about her acclimation to high elevations in Oregon where she's doing a research project this summer. I know she has adapted well -- in fact he'll be running a half marathon there next month, but I won't be on vacation long enough to build much capacity. There is a trail very near where we're staying and I plan to run that first. The main trail is only about a couple of miles but even a four mile out-and-back may be far too much to take on without proper altitude conditioning. I may end up doing most of my workouts in the fitness center and focus my outdoor efforts on hiking. I'll have to see how it goes.

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