I’ve been living in Colorado since June 1. The transition process has been fun, exciting and completely exhausting all at the same time.
But it’s what I’ve expected. My schedule is out of whack, time is a commodity and there’s always something else to work on.
In order to keep a little sanity in my head I’ve been trying to figure out a new training schedule so I signed up for my only triathlon of the summer, The Denver Triathlon on July 24, 2011 and the Denver Rock N Roll Half Marathon on October 9, 2011 to give me a goal to keep in my sights. With the move and a wedding just around the corner, I decided maybe this summer shouldn’t be so focused on triathlon like it has been in the past. (20 triathlon races in the past 3 years including Ironman)
While in Colorado, I’ve already been out for a 25 mile ride on my bike, run a couple of times and made it to the pool to get in a few laps… and every time I think the same thing…
Man, the air is thin up here!
Even in spin class, I noticed how difficult it is to get my body transitioned into this altitude. (I’m currently sitting at 6,300 feet) It all leads me to believe that it’s just going to take a little time before I’m where I want to be.
But here is how I’m going to do it.
- I have to slow down. What was 8 to 8.5 minute per mile running is now back down to 10 minute per mile and 11 minute miles.What was once a 20 mile per hour average on my bike is down to a 15-18 mile per hour average.The only way to get back up to faster speeds that feel comfortable is to train by what my heart rate can handle. The less oxygen you get, the more your heart rate goes up, the easier it is to tire out. So I have to start low and build back up.
- I need to take a deep breath. When I get in the pool and start swimming, every time I take a breath for air… it’s a really deep breath. This goes the same for running and cycling. I just need more oxygen so I always need to take a deeper breath. Oxygen is the key for your body to function properly. Without the proper amount of oxygen, your body loses focus and strength… and will eventually collapse.
Hmmm…. Slow down and take a deep breath.
Now this sounds like more than just transitioning into thin air for me…
But a good way to transition into life in Colorado.
Don’t you think?