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G'day all, I'll be running Leadville this year and will be flying over on the 11th to acclimatise. Since I'll have a few days to fill in I'd love to hike up one of the 14,000 ft mountains (probably Mt Elbert) but is this a good idea? From what I've read so far the hike itself isn't too strenuous but I'd hate to hurt my chances finishing Leadville by hiking up a few days prior, but I guess the extra height should help with acclimatising anyway?
BTW, if anyone has any extra acclimatising for a sea level dweller tips I'd love to hear them :)
drink water, water and more water, a couple shorter runs/hikes around leadville won't hurt but nothing too crazy. also, the pharmacy in town sells a vitamin kit to ease the adjustment at altitude, only a few bucks and they work...avoid alcohol
Good Morning Mick,
I moved to Leadville on Monday evening from sea level. The first night sucked for me, but the sleep deprivation from driving straight through could have played a roll as well.
I spent most of day 2 at 8000ft in Buena Vista, and felt much better, even after I got back to Leadville that evening.
On day 2 and 3, I still could not run full out without getting winded.
This is day 4, so I will let you know if there is a big breakthrough in the next day or so.
Not sure if these results are typical, just my experience so far. Hope it helps (And yes, lots of water, eat right, and rest)