► Preparation for Altitude
Whatever the altitude, the proportion of the different gases that make up air remain the same - just under 21% oxygen, 78% Nitrogen and 1% trace gases. What does change at altitude is the air density. This means that the higher the altitude, the fewer oxygen molecules there are in a given volume of air. This in turn means that there are fewer oxygen molecules to be transferred into the bloodstream via the lungs.
The well-documented physiological effects of specific training, or just being active, at altitude, cited by Edmund R. Burke, Ph.D., University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, include:
Ground breaking research by Dr. Ben Levine and Dr. Jim Stray-Gundersen in the mid 1990's demonstrated that to maximize the benefit of altitude training, you should live high and train lower. This has been used to great effect by a number of the World's elite endurance athletes. Furthermore, it was also demonstrated that significant gains could be made by athletes of different ability levels - anyone can benefit from using this training principle, while at the same time you have an opportunity to discover a beautiful part of the USA and train with other athletes. What could be better!
"Active at Altitude is a perfect launch pad for training at altitude. The views from Terry and Jacqui's warm accommodations are inspiring and it is easy to get to trailheads, whether in Estes Park or RMNP."
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