Be careful. I had a friend who, after a summer of commuting on his mountain bike at Santa Fe elevations, went to sea level for a week and torqued his knee. He had so much oxygen he couldn’t get up to threshold without straining his legs.
I’m wondering how best to modify my training during my coming trip to low elevation. I live in the mountains north of Santa Fe and train mainly by hiking on trails at elevations between 8,000′-10,000′. I determined my AeT by HR drift on a treadmill at 7,300′. I’m going to Texas for about a week where I’ll be on bike trails at elevations of a few hundred feet. I’ll have access to a treadmill so I’m thinking I should redo the AeT estimate at the lower elevation? Most of my training in NM is hiking. It seems like I might have to run in Texas for similar training benefit? If you have any recommendations I’m all ears.
My goal is to be strong when we climb Gannett peak next summer. My anaerobic threshold HR is about 162 and my aerobic threshold HR is about 132. I’m hoping to get my AeT HR into the mid 140s in New Mexico before we go to Wyoming.
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