Altitude Training Blogs

Des Linden: Boston Marathon Prep in a Record-Breaking Mammoth Lakes Winter

Feb 24, 2017 / Monica Prelle

Two-time Olympic marathoner Desiree Linden arrived in Mammoth Lakes in early January. Her plan: to run easy miles at altitude in preparation for Boston Marathon training. Winter was in full swing in the Eastern Sierra with a better than average snow accumulation already reported at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. Linden... MORE

Alternative Winter Cardio Training for Endurance Athletes

Dec 19, 2016 / Monica Prelle

Waiting for the sun to warm up the world outside as you pour yourself another cup of coffee? The ground is slick and it’s dangerous for road bike tires. Your running shoes have nice traction, but the breathable mesh fills with snow as soon as you step outside. One cup... MORE

Q&A with Coach Jesse Moore on the Benefits of High Altitude Training in Mammoth Lakes

Jul 06, 2016 / Visit Mammoth Staff

Coach Jesse Moore trains elite endurance athletes of all stripes, several of whom have spent time in the Mammoth Lakes Crib. His athletes include cyclists Andrew Talansky  and Jack Bauer (Cannondale Pro Cycling), Evan Huffman (Rally Cycling) Chris Jones (United HealthCare) and Brendon Rhim (Holowesko-Citadel Racing Team). An accomplished bike... MORE

The Wondrous Altitude Training of Alexi Pappas

Oct 07, 2015 / Monica Prelle

It’s nearing the end of a Mammoth Lakes training stint for Alexi Pappas and the Oregon Track Club Elite runner is already planning her return for next year. Pappas first trained in the high elevation town last January, but it is more than just the performance benefits of altitude training... MORE

Road to Recovery, One Step at a Time

Jun 09, 2015 / Visit Mammoth Staff

For Team USA Paracyclist, David Rose, returning to Mammoth is almost like a homecoming. As as a kid growing up in Jackson, Wyoming, smack dab in the middle of the Grand Tetons, he feels that familiar sense of home just being surrounded by the Eastern Sierra and staying at the... MORE

The Rundown on Swimming and Altitude Training

Apr 24, 2015 / Monica Prelle

Ever since the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City (7,382 feet), altitude training has become essential to an elite endurance athlete’s exercise program. Athletes who lived in high altitude regions performed better than athletes from lower elevation regions. Since then, altitude training has been studied extensively in endurance sports. Most scientific studies focus on running and cycling, however, the effect of altitude training is relatively uncertain in swimming. The sport differs from other endurance sports in its style of conditioning. MORE

Eat, Sleep, Train: Tips for Altitude Training from cyclist Kristabel Doebel-Hickok

Feb 27, 2015 / Visit Mammoth Staff

Professional cyclist Kristabel Doebel-Hickok responds well to altitude training. “I have really a really high VO2 max, so when I’m at sea level I have to kill my legs to get a lung workout,” Doebel-Hickok said during a stay at the Mammoth Lakes Endurance Crib. “Being at altitude gives my... MORE

Newly Married Athletes Return to the Mammoth Lakes Crib

Jan 21, 2015 / Visit Mammoth Staff

Newlyweds Rowan and Mike Torckler visited Mammoth Lakes recently, but it wasn’t a starry-eyed honeymoon that brought them here. Mike is a professional road cyclist who was taking advantage of Mammoth Lakes’ Endurance Crib for the second summer in a row. MORE