Long, hard training session this morning

Already today, the second day down here, we did a 20 km anaerobic treshold (hard) session. Split into intervalls with short recoveries. Coach Frank stood at our “base”, with water and lactate acid testing. I feel a bit tired right now, after almost…

30 km of total morning running (including warmups and cooldown), but will be fine for the evening session after some sleep.

I find it strange that so many athletes take up to a week to “acclimatize” to altitude. Yes, it is true that you need time for your body to adjust to the 2200 meters down here TO RUN FAST, but the question is what one should do in that acclimatization time. It is sort of like, if you are out of shape. Then you need time to get going again. But you will find that if you use that time to run somewhat harder (instead of just building on easy runs) you will gain strength much faster. I find the same with altitude training. There is no need to take it easy the first week (unless it is your first altitude stay ever-that is a different story) You just have to adjust the intensity in accordance to the lactate acid levels and the subjective feeling you have. If you do that, you will not “lose” a week of training, plus the acclimatization is actually going faster because of a better adaption to hard running.

We will go to a race tomorrow will all the best Kenyan athletes. Is is fun to watch those, because you find new talents every time. We had a discussion yesterday whether or not we could make the waiters at the hotel down here run under 14 minutes in the 5000 meters with 6 months of training at altitude (with the physical characteristics of a Kenyan altitude person). I believe you could with the right training. Take a waiter in Norway and try to do the same, and he might be able to RUN those 5000 meters but not very fast…

Time for some rest and a nap šŸ™‚