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|Subject: ||RE: ALTITUDE TRAINING: - SCIENCE BASED OR UNQUESTIONING FAITH?|
There was a video on flotrack a few years ago of testing done on Brian Olinger after an altitude stint. His VO2 max went from something like 71 to 81. I'm not sure what it was a month later of course.
Having lived and trained at both altitude and sea level, I'm not sure how beneficial it really is, though I know getting in some training at sea level before a sea level race is important. I felt like I was able to train harder and increase my mileage quicker when I was at sea level, and it can be mentally difficult to train at altitude for a sea level race. The times you hit in practice at 6000+ft are WAY slower than what you will be racing at. It can be discouraging when you're aiming to run 14:00 for 5k but can only do mile repeats in 4:50 in practice, even knowing you're at altitude.
My guess would be that altitude helps (as long as you spend a bit of time at sea-level before your peak race), but it's not going to be what takes you to the next level. It's probably not even something to worry about unless you're a super elite.
There's a lot of physiology on this that should be easy to find. Anyone interested might read the wiki page on 2,3DPG (or 2,3BPG, whichever wikipedia decides to call it).
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