Yeah those are good posts.
The point of the train low, sleep high thing is that you are able to perform well during your workouts but when you are in recovery mode, you stimulate your body to produce more RBC.
I remember from watching Bigger Stronger Faster that's what Floyd Landis did. He trained at low altitude and built his own hyperbaric chamber:
He originally claimed that's why his T/E level was so out of whack, but it eventually turned out he was doping anyway. So who knows how much his chamber helped.
Originally Posted by Steve Shafley
SHANE! When did you get so smart? Hahahaha. Nice!
Thanks Shaf. I did a 100 miler at 9000 feet a couple months ago and researched a lot about how to train for it since I live in NYC (sea level). Ultimately I didn't do much differently, just focused on developing strong aerobic system; in-race I slightly overhydrated and had to slow down at certain points to prevent head throbbing but it wasn't a big deal. I think once you get over 14,000 feet is where it really becomes a problem, and there's only like 3 races in the US where that's a factor (Hardrock 100, Leadville 100, and Pikes Peak marathon).
Definitely would not have trained with a gas mask. And probably would not have wanted to pay the cash for a regulator mask or hyperbaric chamber for such a small improvement in performance.
All this little stuff only really makes a difference when you are an elite athlete.