23, 2009 - Running High at 7,000ft (2100m) in Flagstaff
|Guys running in Buffalo Park in Flagstaff.
a week in Phoenix, Arizona at a training camp with the Canadian
Team, I've started my altitude training camp in Flagstaff
and have to say I much prefer it up here compared to Phoenix.
I've been here four days and it's been absolutely perfect
- about 20C, sunny and little wind, which is great considering
they had snow a week ago!
have a great group of Canadians out here from Halifax, Calgary,
Toronto and Guelph and we've been meeting up for most of the
training. Getting together with other elite athletes with
similar goals to myself is one of my favourite aspects of
training camp - it really motivated me and makes me grateful
for these experiences as an athlete.
|Some fellow Canadians/young athletes
we met while eating lunch in Sedona.
terms of adjusting to the altitude - it's been pretty normal
in the sense that I feel like I'm breathing through a straw
when I'm literally jogging and I'm more tired, hungry and
thirsty up here. All normal stuff when coming to altitude
that I expect will calm down in a few days once I acclimatize.
I've basically be doing easy running, combined with weights,
plyometrics and short strides. I actually got pretty sore
from doing my normal strength routine of weights and plyos
but I expect that is due to having less oxygen and therefore
recovery is more difficult. At least I know I'm getting a
a group of us are doing down to Sedona, which is a 45 minute
drive from Flag and at 4500ft (~1400m) for a hard track session.
This will start off my hard training here, being my first
workout. As for the guys - Eric Gillis, Dylan Wykes and Richard
Mosley, who are racing at Stanford next week, it will probably
be their last major track workout. They've been training hard
up here for the last month so it will be exciting to see how