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High Altitude Workout

January 3rd, 2011 | 1 Comment | Posted in It's all about me

Since leaving Alameda I haven’t had a lot of time to work out.  I did start getting back into it while we were in Austin, that is until I injured my big toe on the left foot and pinky toe on the right foot within two days of each other.  I swear I must have sprained them because if I had broken them it would have hurt less.

Anyway, workouts ended up being wishful thinking for a few weeks.  Then I got the job offer and we moved out here to the Albuquerque area and with unpacking, starting new job and just trying to find my workout gear the workouts got pushed back yet again.

Well, now I am back to doing it and there is one thing that I dreaded above all else – the altitude.  In Alameda we were at 30 ft above sea level, here in Albuquerque were at 5,312 ft.  That’s a difference of 5,282 feet, which is a hell of a lot and makes for very freaking thin air!  While I was able to do a fairly full workout in California, out here I made it through about half of my P90X plyometrics workout before I decided that I had done  enough damage to myself for one day.  My lungs were burning, muscles were screaming, and sweat was pouring off of me.

Now granted, I am still trying to get some weight off and I don’t breeze through my workouts to begin with, especially not the P90X ones (those suck in a major way, but they are a GOOD workout) but this altitude shit is a real pain in the ass.  I think I will just have to resign myself to major levels of suck on my workout for about a month or so until I can get use to the fact that I just don’t have as much air here as I did in CA.  But, since I have a lot more freedoms here too, I think the trade off is worth it.