Elevation Training Mask: Week 4

This is the final week of month 1 of the elevation training mask series and Cotten has decided to keep this going for a solid 60 days.  Good on him.  The elevation training mask can be a brutal way to train!

DAY 22

Key Factors

Mask: OFF DAY
Hours of Sleep 6 Hrs
Notes

Today sucked… Pretty much spent all day on I-95 driving back home (well, me and the wife). Finally got back to the house and didn’t get to start the week off in the mask. Tomorrow is business as usual, just going to start back with the row, and Lord knows I have some crappy travel food to row off.

DAY 23

Key Factors:

Mask:                          Elevation @ 9,000

Training:                    20 minutes of rowing @ 1:55 pace/500m

Time of Training:      1548

Average HR:               163 bpm

Max HR:                      172 bpm

Additional Factors:

Shoe:                           8 Cush/0 Drop

Hours of Sleep:          10 hrs (Hot Damn!)

Supplementation:     1 scoop MP Assault (Pre-workout)

1 scoop Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass (morning)

1 scoop Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass (post workout)

Addition Training:     00:11:35 Met Con

00:08:34 Met Con

Total kcal:                   619 kcal burned

Comments:  After plenty hours of “recovery” sleep from the long weekend in DC, I finally got out of bed and got myself into the gym. And just so you know, if you row for 20mins @ a 1:55 pace your butt gets extremely cramped and exhausted. The last 5mins of rowing had to be a display of the worst form imaginable! But, another day in the books and a little more data captured. Can’t wait till I get to add some new information on here as we creep towards the 30-day mark. After that, I think we’re going to switch it up again, and take the elevation training mask off the treadmill and completely out of the gym on to the road! Controlling the pace might be a little challenging at first, but hopefully I’ll be able to keep a steady pace while adding more intensity to the workout. Plus, I think after spending 30-days @ 9,000, we can safely bump up to the 12,000 simulated altitude and see what happens. Thanks for checking in, later.

DAY 24

Key Factors:

Mask:                          Elevation @ 9,000

Training:                    20 minutes of running @ 7:03 pace

Time of Training:      1136

Average HR:               150 bpm

Max HR:                      171 bpm

Additional Factors:

Shoe:                           8 Cush/0 Drop

Hours of Sleep:          7.5 hrs

Supplementation:     1ish scoop MP Assault (Pre-workout)

1 scp Optimum Nutr Serious Mass(AM)

1 scp Optim Nutr Serious Mass(postWO)

Addition Training:     00:30:48 Met Con

00:36:29 Strength Training

Total kcal:                   965 kcal burned

Comments:  Bumped the runtime up just a few more seconds, and if you check back with the numbers on the last run I did (@ 7:13 pace), these are pretty different. Don’t know how well anyone is paying attention, but there’s something going on here, it’s called improvement. J Tomorrow morning I’m going to sit in the egg (Bod Pod) so we can go ahead and get some more data slap up here for an even better idea of what’s going on. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!

DAY 25

Key Factors:

Mask:                          Elevation @ 9,000

Training:                    20 minutes of rowing @ 1:55 pace/500m

Time of Training:      1548

Average HR:               155 bpm

Max HR:                      172 bpm

Additional Factors:

Shoe:                           8 Cush/0 Drop

Hours of Sleep:          4 hrs

Supplementation:     1 scoop MP Assault (Pre-workout)

Addition Training:     00:11:35 Strength Training

Total kcal:                   576 kcal burned

Comments:  Okay, so the rowing completely sucked today. Just to drop the gauntlet here (because I felt like dying), I just grabbed the rower this morning and tried my best to keep it around 1:50 something the entire time; end result was 5130m in 20mins (put that in your conversion calculator, or don’t, it’s a 5k). Anyways, I really was struggling to stay in the elevation training mask towards the end and felt like I was losing the battle. But, a little mental toughness combine with stupidity – I knocked it out. Plus, I got some additional info today, and I really wasn’t too excited about it. It appears, it’s time to stop taking the weight gainer.

Additional Data:

Polar Fit Test

Start Time:                 0601

Result:                        Elite

Estimated VO2max   58 (got a buddy who got 70, so I have serious work to do)

BOD POD

% Fat                          12.4%

% Fat Free Mass        87.6%

Fat Mass                     21.530 lbs

Fat Free Mass                        152.575 lbs

Body Mass                  174.105 lbs

RMR                            1825 kcal/day

The BOD POD put me in the Moderately Lean category (small blow to my soul), so it’s time to switch gears to Whey Protein instead of Weight Gainer, and maybe pay a little more attention to the food I’m tossing back. But, oddly enough, my pace times, distances, and Average Heart Rate are getting better in the Mask. J

Later!

DAY 26

Key Factors:

Mask:                          Off day

Additional Factors:

Hours of Sleep:          7 hrs

Comments:  Today I felt a little banged up and decided to take the day off. Plus I’ve kind of procrastinated on some of my schoolwork and honey-do list. So, I have been stuck in front on my laptop the majority of the day, and working on things for my little man’s birthday party tomorrow. Basically, I’m ready for this day to end. J Going to knock out some mobility work tonight, and I should be able to hit it hard in the morning.

DAY 27

Key Factors:

Mask:                          OFF DAY

Additional Factors:

Hours of Sleep:          8 hrs

Supplementation:     MP Assault

Addition Training:     00:20:00 Met Con

Comments:   Pretty easy day, just a quick leg workout.

DAY 28

Key Factors:

Mask:                          OFF DAY

Additional Factors:

Hours of Sleep:          8 hrs

***Wonder what it would be like to do a Fran in this thing?  😉

-Cotten

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