> Fellow aquanauts and aquanaut coaches, a lot of people are going to
> altitude in preparation for major events using the justification that
> everyone else is doing it. Is everyone else doing it? Who are they? When
> are they going and for how long? Is there any correlation between
> successful performance(finalist,medallist) at say, Worlds and Olympics.
> The effect would then need to be proven of course. I think it would be
> an interesting study. Maybe for some athletic and cycling events as
> If coming from a Southern hemisphere Winter to the heat in Atlanta where
> would you put your money(so to speak)? On acclimatising to the heat or
> altitude training. Could you utilise both effectively? Would the
> altitude cold environment hamper any altitude "benefits" with the marked
> temperature extremes upon hitting Atlanta.
> Interested in your comments. Thank you in advance for your
I'm not an expert on altitude training, but has anyone heard of swimmers
trying this? My gut feeling is that it would probablly be a waste of
their time (except maybe, marginally, for backstrokers, and even less so
The reasoning (and I haven't exactly thought all of this through).
Runners go to altitude to increase their aeorbic conditioning, i.e., more
speed and distance on less oxygen. This improves their performance by
delaying the drop in performance brought on by oxygen debt. Swimming, by
its very nature is anaerobic to begin with. Many sprinters, especially in
fly train to take as few breaths as possible. It seems to me that going
to thinner air would merely increase the number of breaths you would have
to take and in the end have the same net result. I have also heard that
runners like to compete at altitude because of the decreased air
resistance. This is obviously useless to swimmers. However, I wonder if
people swim slower in denser salt water?
just some quick thoughts on the subject.
Michael Lee Barnes - also know as - the original Iridescent Mouse