Training during a very cold, wet and windy NZ winter is never much fun, so having the option to replace 2 of my outdoor sessions with 2 nice, warm and dry Altitude sessions was absolute bliss. It is also much safer than trying to ride on Auckland’s streets during the day (getting up at 5am is no longer an option). Additionally, being a new mum, my ‘spare’ time was (and still is) very limited, the Altitude is a really great use of an hour – I honestly felt like I’d done 2-3 hours afterwards.
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"For some weeks after an injury I did passive training and I was surprised at how well it maintained my cardiovascular fitness"
Altitude sessions have been great to use in recovery from an injury when you can’t train at normal loads/weight. With an injury I was able to do active bike sessions at lower loads, but still found that with the altitude I got the same benefits as if I have done a hard interval session. Both in training and racing it has given me an increase in power at a lower effort.
I'm stronger, fitter, faster (for my age) - altitude training also provides confidence to push that bit harder.