Welcome To My New Sleeping Quarters
A lot of competitive athletes have been known to live at altitude, train at altitude, or include some other form of altitude training in an effort to improve performance. Many runners stay in places like Boulder, Colorado for extended periods of time to take advantage of the increase in red blood cells and potential performance gains. Take Nike’s Oregon Project, some of the runners in this group live in a specialized house that removes oxygen in the air to create an environment similar to living at altitude.
I’ve never taken much time apart from my two boys and husband. In fact, we do almost everything together. I can’t say I’m committed to running enough to take much time away from them for altitude training. I might even go as far as to say that I think they offer me so much more emotionally than any form of altitude training could offer me physically.
What does a person like myself do if they are interested in the concept of altitude training?
Our great friend Tim purchased an altitude tent to support his training for the Leadville 100 MTB he competed in last year. He was kind enough to share his tent with me last fall leading up to the Monumental Marathon. Using the tent was a bit of a guessing game. I can’t say I feel like there is a whole lot of information on the best way to maximize use of the tent systems. Not to mention, I have a job and 2 children who depend on me. It’s not like I can spend all day in the tent.
Overall I felt as though it was hard to define how much improvement I may have had using the tent. However, I am a responder to altitude in general. I decided to give it another go for my fall racing goals.
I wanted to be as informed as possible this time around. I got lab work done to make sure the tent will be as effective as possible. I got a complete blood count and tested my ferritin levels. This is to follow any trends and to be sure that red blood cell response is maximized. Everything checked out normal so here we go with the tent!
The photo above shows my sleeping quarters. I can’t say it’s as cozy as sleeping next to my husband, but it’s really not too bad. It can get a little warm in the tent, but usually I sleep in it just fine. I guess we’ll see what the tent brings for this training cycle.