Elevation Training Mask: Week 5

As month Number TWO begins – Cotten decides to save Fran for week 8…..smart move 😉

DAY 29

Key Factors:

Mask:                          Elevation @ 9,000

Training:                    20min running OUTSIDE (no set pace)

Time of Training:      1706

Average HR:               154 bpm

Max HR:                      168 bpm

Additional Factors:

Shoe:                           8 Cush/0 Drop

Hours of Sleep:          5 hrs

Supplementation:     1 scoop MP Assault (Pre-workout)

Addition Training:     00:39:11 of Strength Training

Total kcal:                   828 kcal

Comments:  Okay… so, I couldn’t wait. I’m completely aware that I said I wasn’t going to take this outside until after the 30 day mark, but… yup. So, I wanted to take it nice and easy and just see how it was going to feel, so I purposely tried to start out slow and fall into a natural pace. And while I wasn’t too happy with how far I got and my splits, it was still a pretty enjoyable PT session. And I will admit this too, not sure if I’m quite ready to kick it up a notch on the elevation setting just yet. But ready or not, next week I’m bumping up.

And so you know where I was @:  07:45 mi pace average for a total of 2.67 mi

DAY 30

Key Factors:

Mask:                          Elevation @ 9,000

Training:                    20min running OUTSIDE (no set pace)

Time of Training:      1751

Average HR:               161 bpm

Max HR:                      173 bpm

Additional Factors:

Shoe:                           8 Cush/0 Drop

Hours of Sleep:          5 hrs

Supplementation:     1 scoop MP Assault (Pre-workout)

Addition Training:     00:39:11 of Strength Training

Total kcal:                   1080 kcal

Comments:  Well, definitely felt yesterdays run during todays, but it still wasn’t that bad. Not really sure if I should run again tomorrow, I know that it’ll be harder without a little break in there (but I’m sure I’ll do it anyways). Got some AWESOME NEWS, it’s DAY 30, one month in the book and well… who knows how many more to go. J

…..Definitely have to do some rolling out tomorrow!

And just so you know:   07:41 mi pace average for a total of 2.64 mi

DAY 31

Key Factors:

Mask:                          Elevation @ 9,000

Training:                    20min running OUTSIDE (no set pace)

Time of Training:      1719

Average HR:               157 bpm

Max HR:                      170 bpm

Additional Factors:

Shoe:                           8 Cush/0 Drop

Hours of Sleep:          8 hrs

Supplementation:     1 scoop MP Assault (Pre-workout)

Addition Training:     00:20:30 of CrossFit

Total kcal:                   582 kcal

Comments:  Well… my legs feel a little destroyed after the third run today, but I did do some mobility work today that really saved my legs. What sucks, is tomorrow is leg day in the lab. Oh well, I’ve made stupid decisions before so… bring on the pain.

And just so you know:  07:40 mi pace average for a total of 2.60 mi  (almost the exact same as yesterday)

DAY 32

Key Factors:

Mask:                          No Mask (working the wheels)

 

Additional Factors:

Shoe:                           8 Cush/0 Drop

Hours of Sleep:          6.5 hrs

Supplementation:     1 scoop MP Assault (Pre-workout)

Addition Training:     01:06:14 Strength Training

Total kcal:                   388 kcal

Comments:  Yup LEG DAY. So, since I got out of bed and actually felt 33-years-old, I decided not to go on another 20min run today. But it is Leg Day so I went in the Lab to knock out a heavy workout (I don’t think 100 reps is the workout I want today). Hopefully it pays off because I’d like to get a little stronger. HA! Who am I kidding, I’d love to squat battleships if I could. J Later.

DAY 33

Key Factors:

Mask:                          No Mask

Additional Factors:

Shoe:                           8 Cush/0 Drop

Hours of Sleep:          6 hrs

Supplementation:     1 scoop MP Assault (Pre-workout)

Addition Training:     00:21:03 CrossFit

00:27:16 Strength Training

Total kcal:                   689 kcal

Comments:  Today was another day without any straight up cardio training, there was some metabolic conditioning in there though. But today was definitely more focused on Olympic Lifting and gaining some strength. So the weekend is on the way and I’m going to rest up.  On Monday I’m going to hit the road Mask free and see what change if any has occurred.

DAY 34

Key Factors:  Off Day

Mask:                          No Mask

Additional Factors:

Shoe:                           8 Cush/0 Drop

Hours of Sleep:          8 hrs

 

Comments:  Nothing going on here, just ROLLIN’ WITH THE TIDE!

DAY 35

Key Factors:  Off Day

Mask:                          No Mask

 

Additional Factors:

Shoe:                           8 Cush/0 Drop

Hours of Sleep:          10 hrs

 

 

Comments:  Not a 100% sure on the hours of sleep there, to be honest, went on a liquid diet last night watching the Tide drop the ball with Ole Miss. Head’s not feeling so good, Tylenol and water today, and maybe a Bloody Mary or two. J

DAY 36

Key Factors:

Mask:                          No Mask

Training:                    20min running OUTSIDE (no set pace)

Time of Training:      1709

Average HR:               167 bpm

Max HR:                      177 bpm

Additional Factors:

Shoe:                           8 Cush/0 Drop

Hours of Sleep:          7 hrs

Supplementation:     1 scoop of MP Assault (pre-workout)

Addition Training:     00:45:31 Strength Training

00:16:07 CrossFit

Total kcal:                   956 kcal

Comments:

Wow! So, got a real good perspective on how well the Mask works. And what you could call a problem with the Mask. Please look below.

What I really want to focus on here is pace and HR.

The first graph is the same 20min run in the Mask, and of course, the bottom is 20min run without the Mask. So my average pace, distance, Average HR, and Max HR while running 20min in the Mask @ 9,000 three days in a row was:

7:42 min/mi pace – 2.60 mi distance

Average HR:   157.3

Max HR:          170.3

Today, running for 20min on the same route without the Mask:

6:50 min/mi pace – 2.90 mi distance

Average HR:   167

Max HR:          177

So that’s almost a minute off my pace time, and I wasn’t putting out any harder than I normally do in the Mask. But there is a trend here that I’ve noticed, and you can see this early on if you go back to the first week of this experiment. The Mask undoubtedly keeps your heart rate lower. Of course, if you continue to increase speed and volume of work your HR will climb; but it is indisputable that it will not climb nearly as fast as when you’re training without the Mask.

So what’s going on here?

If you look at the graphs, they help better explain. So honestly, the Mask really is training your body to do more with less, your diaphragm is working a little hard to push and pull air into your pulmonary system but your Heart doesn’t have to work as hard to move this new oxygenated blood around to your muscles while exhaling all the crap (you know, carbon dioxide). Now, without the Mask, all of sudden you can suck down a ton of air effortlessly (albeit at 21% partial pressure of oxygen) and your diaphragm is trying to figure out ways to express gratitude for the removal of the Mask. However, with this newfound skill of breathing at your disposal, you begin unknowingly open your stride and move out. And even though it all seems effortless at first, your heart has to go to work quickly to move this new volume of oxygen in and CO2 out.

elevation training mask on run
Wearing Elevation Training Mask
elevation training mask off run
Elevation Training mask off

So what happens?

This friend is the downfall.

If you take note in the first graph (Mask on)

Time spent in the Performance Heart Rate Zone: 6:57

If you take note in the second graph (Mask off)

Time spent in the Performance Heart Rate Zone: 14:37

I call this a down fall, because if you are not used to moving around with your HR in this “performance zone”, then you are not going to be able to stay in that zone for long periods of time. ON THE PLUS SIDE!!! You’ve been breathing through a straw for a long time training in this Mask, so when your heart rate goes through the roof you can continue to move forward by taking the quick short breaths that you’ve been conditioned to already.

Never Fear, we’re not quite finished with this journey yet. I believe that there is a way to couple this Mask with some serious HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) and really get some awesome results from this product.

God Bless and Roll Tide people!

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