Elevation Training Mask: Week 8!!!

DAY 52

Key Factors:

Mask:                          Elevation @ 9,000

Training:                    Nancy (15:23)

Time of Training:      1436

Average HR:               150 bpm

Max HR:                      169 bpm

Additional Factors:

Shoe:                           8 Cush/0 Drop

Hours of Sleep:          5 hrs

Supplementation:     1 scoop MP Assault (Pre-workout)

Addition Training:     00:22:55 Strength Training

Total kcal:                   492 kcal burned

Comments:   Another CrossFit classic “Nancy” in the ETM; and while I did make it to the Performance HR (which the workout is designed to do), I was only for the last five seconds. I definitely took a few unwanted seconds to gather myself a few times during this workout. The truth is, doing these types of exercises wearing the elevation training mask is an excellent mental challenge. It is not comfortable.

DAY 53

Key Factors:

Mask:                          Elevation @ 9,000

Training:                    Grace (6:02)

Time of Training:      1534

Average HR:               146 bpm

Max HR:                      162 bpm

Additional Factors:

Shoe:                           8 Cush/0 Drop

Hours of Sleep:          5 hrs

Supplementation:     1 scoop MP Assault (Pre-workout)

Addition Training:     00:30:17 Strength Training

Total kcal:                   492 kcal burned

Comments:  Another CrossFit classic “Grace”, and another mental nightmare; worst, I never hit the performance HR zone (and my time sucked). But, I want to give an honest effort and try using this Mask in multiple different exercises to find the best use. Maybe tomorrow I’ll toss it on and go for a swim!

DAY 54

Key Factors:

Mask:                          No Mask

Additional Factors:

Shoe:                           8 Cush/0 Drop

Hours of Sleep:          7 hrs

Supplementation:     1 scoop MP Assault (Pre-workout)

Addition Training:     00:57:52 Strength Training

Total kcal:                   348 kcal burned

Comments:  Leg Day. Had to take a break from the Mask so I could get under some heavy weight and not blackout because of expensive oxygen debt.

DAY 55

Key Factors:

Mask:                          No Mask

Additional Factors:

Shoe:                           8 Cush/0 Drop

Hours of Sleep:          6 hrs

Supplementation:     Coffee

Addition Training:  Thinking about Irish coffee

Comments:  College Gameday, not a whole lot planned other than that.

DAY 56

Key Factors:

Mask:                          No Mask

Additional Factors:

Shoe:                           8 Cush/0 Drop

Hours of Sleep:          9 hrs

Supplementation:     2 Cups of Coffee

Comments:  Recovery from College Gameday. Takin’ the Lords advice, today will be a day of rest.

DAY 57

Key Factors:

Mask:                          Elevation @ 9,000

Training:                    Fran (7:46)

Time of Training:      1453

Average HR:               151 bpm

Max HR:                      168 bpm

Additional Factors:

Shoe:                           8 Cush/0 Drop

Hours of Sleep:          10 hrs

Supplementation:     1 scoop MP Assault (pre-workout)

Addition Training:     00:49:58 Strength Training

Total kcal:                   525 kcal

Comments:  OKAY…FRAN. TERRIBLE, not even playing. For those of you who do these trademark CrossFit workouts, such as Fran, you already know that this is not a fun one. It doesn’t take too long when doing Fran before your throat start to get that feeling of being on fire!

Well, in the Mask, since once again it kind of keeps your heart rate under that level of performance, it’s hard to get that feeling. However, after going through the first 21reps of thrusters unbroken, I jumped up on the pull-up bar and had to come off of it after 9 pull-ups. After making it to the ground, I paused for a second to catch my breath, except…

Oh yeah, forgot something! I dropped down put my hands on my hips and went for a deep inhale, and forgot that was wearing the Mask. So my deep breath was less than successful, not only that, when I couldn’t catch my breath I mentally freaked out a little bit. Initially, I thought about tearing the Mask off, but I quickly stopped myself and just focused on my breathing, and the fact that I still could. After calming myself down and getting control of myself mentally, I continued to push through the workout. But by no means did I enjoy it, I have never wanted to finish a workout so bad in my life. So, that’s 3 CrossFit classic workouts in the Mask, all of which I never really got in the performance HR; and all of which my times sucked.

So… with only THREE DAYS LEFT, I’m going to use the Mask for the training that I believe it has the most benefit with (Tempo Training). And I’m going to do those 3 CrossFit exercises again (Diane, Grace, and Fran), without the Mask, and see what kind of numbers we get.

DAY 58

Key Factors:

Mask:                          Elevation @ 9,000

Training:                    Running (Treadmill w/Mask for 15min)

Time of Training:      1600

Average HR:               156 bpm

Max HR:                      177 bpm

Additional Factors:

Shoe:                           8 Cush/0 Drop

Hours of Sleep:          6 hrs

Supplementation:     1 scoop MP Assault (pre-workout)

Addition Training:     00:28:08 Treadmill Running

00:05:44 Diane (w/out Mask)

00:21:54 Strength Training

Total kcal:                   801 kcal

Comments:  So today I used the ETM the best way that I believe it works, which was on the treadmill doing some tempo training; which I only kept on for the first 15 minutes, then tossed it for the last 10mins and cool down. Diane w/out the mask, to my surprise, didn’t give me much more time in the performance zone as I thought it would.

DAY 59

Key Factors:

Mask:                          No Mask

Additional Factors:

Shoe:                           8 Cush/0 Drop

Hours of Sleep:          7 hrs

Supplementation:     1 scoop MP Assault (pre-workout)

Addition Training:     00:03:44 Grace (w/out Mask)

00:58:54 Strength Training

Total kcal:                   483 kcal

Comments:  Grace time was slightly better; again, HR wasn’t near as high as I thought it would be, which isn’t a bad thing. It would appear that this is yet another testament to the elevation training mask. I mean all the data is adding up to a successful piece of gear, truly.

DAY 60

Key Factors:

Mask:                          Elevation @ 9,000

Training:                    Running

Time of Training:      1626

Average HR:               152 bpm

Max HR:                      164 bpm

Additional Factors:

Shoe:                           8 Cush/0 Drop

Hours of Sleep:          5 hrs

Supplementation:     1 scoop MP Assault (pre-workout)

Addition Training:     00:20:53 Strength Training

Total kcal:                   300 kcal

Comments:  Ladies and Gentlemen: it’s a wrap! 60 days of collecting data, trying multiple types of fitness training techniques, and trying to put it all together to find the best possible way of utilizing this Elevation Training Mask. I finished today’s workout w/sort of a victory lap around the neighborhood w/the Mask, realizing how comfortable I’ve become training with this (maybe “comfortable” is a poor choice of terminology). Either way, I’m really excited to work on the “executive summary” and put a bow on this project so I can turn my focus towards the next HPC Project! Take care, and thanks for following me on this journey.

God Bless and Roll Tide.

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