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ThunderUp

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Taper
« on: July 01, 2015, 12:13:16 PM »
I'm going to be in the Durango area from August 1-13. As a flatlander from Oklahoma I am interested in advice on how to best utilize this time to taper and acclimate to the altitude. Was planning to run and hike several times between 8-13,000 ft elevation. Thoughts?

lee.owens

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Re: Taper
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2015, 05:12:46 PM »
Last year, I went to Manitou  from Aug, 3rd- 9th  two weeks before the and PPA/PPM.  I had 7 days to train.  It was a "Training" vacation.  I did the Manitou Incline twice, hiked up to the top of Pikes Peak, ran Garden of Gods, Beer Creek and Red Rock Canyon (twice).  I took an ice bath followed by a warm bath almost every day.  The following week, I was back in Kansas, one week before the race. I ran Tuesday and Wednesday morning for a total of 7 miles.  In other words rest and recover one week.  I know the thought is the hay is in the barn 2 weeks before the race, but I set a PR in both the PPA and PPM even though I did the "Double" for the first time. I think running in Manitou 2 weeks before really helped me........  So short story is run as much as possible to get used to altitude without killing or injuring yourself.  Taper 4-6 days before the race, and you will do great!!!!   The first couple of days will be tough, but your body will used to it.  Start out slow and look for a local running group.