200 free and 200 fly...that's a Chad LeClos line up!!! Go rip it up!
I have a question for the fish on here. I will be swimming at the Canadian Masters Nationals meet in 2 weeks (OK OK, no jokes about wet noodle simulations please) and its in Calgary at 1000m above sea level. It's not much higher, but a bit, and given that I have oxygen intensive events (400 free, 400 IM, 1500 free, 200 fly), is there anything you guys would do to get used to around 10% less oxygen? Maybe some hypoxic sets or come off the wall 2m past flags and hold my breath for 2 more strokes and then try to recover breathing every third for free? Or just show up and deal with it?
I've had some smart coaches over the years, and none of them have suggested hypoxic training to prepare for elevation. I think there was a thread on here recently about hypoxic training and lack of correlation with performance.. so in short, I would just "show up and deal with it", although I could be misinformed.
Let's put it this way - if you were going to do IM Boulder, would you hold your breath on trainer intervals or while out on a run? Probably not...
Also 1000m is still fairly low elevation, I don't think you see significant effects on performance until 1500-2000m if I recall?
As a final note - you definitely picked the hardest events !!! Honestly the 400IM is the most painful tortue device known to man. But I would surmise that the shorter
events are actually more oxygen demanding (as it relates to performance, anyway)