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Leadville Series: Adjusting to the Altitude

  • By Jason Sumner
  • Published Aug. 4, 2011
  • Updated Aug. 8, 2013 at 12:02 PM EST
Wide shot Hagerman pass to Sugarloaf


Nate Whitman (Team Herbalife24) Nine-time Leadville finisher

“If you can get here 2-3 weeks ahead of time, then do it. But that aside, get as fit as you can and then put it out of your mind and don’t worry about it. There are a lot of things on race day that are going to be hard — the early start, maybe the weather, bike problems, stress — and if you just think of altitude as one of those things and don’t let it eat away at you mentally that’s the best way to approach it.”

“Whatever is going to happen is going to happen and there is not much you can do about it. You trained and put in the effort, so feel confident about that. Don’t let it totally intimidate you. Stay very hydrated, get good sleep and give it a go.”

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