When the Olympic Games were held at altitude in Mexico City, it was evident that endurance competitors who lived at altitude had an over their sea-level counterparts.  The subsequent emergence of Kenya and Ethiopia as distance-running superpowers has suggests that those who train at altitude, not only perform better at altitude, but also at sea-level.  Altitude training is now widely used by elite endurance athletes as a way of maximising their performance. aims to collate information about the best altitude training destinations and venues, and provide details about camps and training centres at those locations.  Altitude Training is a supplementary resource to Notes from higher grounds: An altitude training guide for endurance athletes, a book which was published by Kukimbia Huru Publishing in December 2013.  

In the future, will be extending to providing training camps at altitude for athletes of all levels.  More information to follow.

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Training at altitude  

1. Drink plenty of water, and other caffeine-free fluids
2. Don’t overdo it, especially in the first week
Get lots of sleep and recovery
Wear sunscreen
5. Listen to your body
6. Enjoy!  Use the change of environment to inspire and motivate you.

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July: France and Andorra

France is bordered to the east by the Alps and to the west by the Pyrenees Mountains, meaning that a considerable amount of it's land is located at altitude.  The tiny principality of Andorra, which borders France consists mainly of mountainous terrain, and has an average altitude of just under 2,000m. While the steep inclines of the mountainous regions are most suited for cyclists, the town of Font Romeu (1,850m) is a popular altitude training destination for athletes in a range of sports, including athletics, triathlon and swimming.  The ski resort is home to the CNEA, France's official altitude training base.

Additional information is provided on  twitter and facebook throughout July.

Kenyan training trip competition

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'I defy any runner to read this book and not emerge with a serious urge to travel to one or more of these destinations' Athletics Weekly

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