Thursday, November 6, 2008
Monster change coming..
Jo and I may have found our new home. I drove up (and I do mean UP) to see it this afternoon and it's our dream house. 1 acre zoned horse property (although we don't want a horse), beautiful mountain home at 8000+ elevation. Anyone who has read "Running With The Buffaloes" may have heard of Magnolia? We would be yelling distance to "Mags" and some of the most epic running in the country. Run Mags enough in the summer and you're likely to see groups of Kenyans frequently. GZ has written about El Dorado Canyon and we'll be just a short trail away. One of the more unusual things is that we'll be on the same road as one of Ted Bundy's body dumps.
Training will change for me living at high altitude. I used to live in Winter Park at 9000ft and trained quite a lot there, you don't exactly run fast at that altitude. Boulder's elevation isn't even considered altitude by most standards. One of the most difficult things about altitude is that recovery is limited severely. Your body has to fight to keep up just with the altitude, add training and you get a double whammy. Push too hard at true altitude and you will get crushed. Today I became winded just walking the property line. One very good thing could be in the idea that I can place myself in the ideal training scenario and live at altitude and drive down to Boulder (~20:00) and train. The "live high train low" concept has been shown to be the ideal. Hence the popularity of altitude simulation (tents and the Hanson Brooks altitude houses). And another aspect that I have already thought of is that I am very well adapted to this elevation after having lived here for 7 years. This makes my potential altitude change only 2500ft of stress rather than 8000 if I was living at sea level. In other words- the change won't be as severe.
It's hilly up there... and it's hilly by trail runner standards. GZ can attest to this. I see that as being nothing but a good thing. One way to train fast at altitude is to run downhill. Your ability to run truly fast is limited by the altitude so you can trick your legs by running downhill to get the proper leg turnover. Plus I can drive to Boulder for flat fast workouts. Nederland is very close and they have a track.. 9000ft elevation track workouts? Yikes.
It's exciting and even though I am trying not to, my hopes are quite high that we'll be living there in less than a month.
Of course I could then host truly wicked training camps!!