- High altitude = 1500-3500m (4900-11500 ft)
- Very high altitude = 3500-5500m (11500-18000 ft)
- Extreme altitude = above 5500m (18000 ft)
I had no idea what to expect in terms of how my body would react to living at high altitude, and especially how it would react to training at high altitude. So far? Well, I haven't really noticed anything at all. I've been riding, up to 2133m, and I still didn't notice anything shocking. If I were really looking, I'd say *perhaps* the heart is working a tiny bit harder to get up the hills... but that's something like 2-3bpm higher than expected. And maybe I'm just imagining it? I'm not sure.
Nevertheless, it feels damn good to be here!! I'm a bit afraid of how big Colorado Springs is (approx 416,000 people). Then again, any town or city that is not walkable from one end to the other I find enormous. It, however, is spectacular here. I'm house-sitting for my coach while he is away, then I am going to Estes Park, Colorado, where I am couchsurfing at a fabulous young guy's place for about 2 weeks. Now, a small town of approx 4000 people... that I can handle!
Here are some shots of Colorado Springs so far:
|Look at how CRISP and BEAUTIFUL everything looks!|
The roads were quiet and the vegetation smelled AMAZING!
|Basically: AWESOME. Hilly riding, I love it.|
|It was a quiet morning and I cycled up to a deer on the road.|
Took a photo of her when she'd moved off to eat some grass.
|At the top of Gold Camp Rd. Don't ask me the names of those|
reservoirs... I do not know... I chatted with some cyclists at the
top, but they were telling me sooooo many things that I remember
just a small percentage of the info!!