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Altitude Change

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    Okay – so I’m in MT for the summer (as every summer) where I will be training.

    I have never paid attention to zones in my life until this year (80/20), but have ridden/run here for 10+ years.

    I’m in the best shape of my life coming off the last HIM training. Get out here for the first 2 workouts and they are a total bomb.

    1hr run today and 1hr ride yesterday – thinking just easy acclimating Z2….and I had forgotten how the altitude (and wind!) are just total ass kicking. 5k here. 1k’ish back home.

    HR in both activities was Z3. I was back to run/walking – which just about had me in tears b/c GAH I HATE WALKING to get my HR down and it gave me some PTSD from when first starting HR/zone training in Jan and all those crappy runs at a snails pace I had to do before I eventually got faster lol.

    SOOOO will some new threshold tests be in order here I”m guessing – to re-evaluate my zones?

    And is it a myth that all this higher elevation training improves fitness at same effort in lower elevation? As in, I will not kick more ass when I return home to the Dirty Humid South in two months? (I read this in one of your previous posts responses). Because if so, that sucks.

    Urgh. Feels like such a setback!

    Matt Fitzgerald

    Chill out! 😂

    Seriously, you’re fine. Your zones are not the same at 7,000 feet. No one’s are. Don’t resist it. You slowed down to get faster for 80/20; now you’ve just got to do it again for Montana. Altitude training does work–not equally for every athlete, but I can assure you that if you are disciplined and patient, you will be rewarded one way or another.


    bwahahahah. okay fine.

    disciplined perhaps. notsomuch on the patience. thanks matt 😉

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