sneakyracer wrote:So far I have done quite well at altitude (10-14k FT) even though I live at sea level.
I find it extremely beneficial to Cycle, a LOT, specially on hilly terrain. I road cycle at least 4 times a week. I alternate by doing a few hikes here and there and some weight training. But, really I find it harder to climb 8-15% and above grades on my bike than anything else I have done. It takes monumental sustained efforts to get through some of the hills around here (up to Category 1 tour type climbs). Combine that with the heat and humidity around here and it gets you into shape. You will get used to working hard and feeling a bit out of air.
Also, on long bike rides one has to eat, so the body gets used to eating and digesting food at high heart rates. Very useful at altitude when working hard. Most people have a tendency to throw up the first time they try.
And to add, I found that the dry and cooler mountain weather at high altitudes allowed me to have a MUCH higher level of comfort when active. Night and day diff.
And finally, when at altitude do not drink alcoholic beverages, nothing. Drink a lot of water at night. I drink about 1L or more. I tend to wake up in the middle of the night when sleeping at altitude (~10k) the first few nights.
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