Since Tuesday, Conor, Kevin and I have been enjoying our training days up at elevation in McCall, Idaho. Although it took a few days to get used to the air here at 5,000ft, we are starting to come around. We are off to Reno next week for a 1 day criterium (which is at altitude) and then to our final team race of the year at the Tour of Elk Grove in Chicago so some good training at altitude should make us a little faster.
It has been nice to get back to training. I haven't really had a chance to do a block of training since mid May. It's a nice change, not having to worry about racing well every weekend. Instead focusing on good recovery between sessions and making those short intervals (when they're needed) really good ones.
That said, adjusting to altitude is difficult. If you are moving to a higher elevation and cycling, give your body time to adjust. Remember, enjoy the days you feel great on the bike, and especially enjoy those that you don't, cause it is all part of the plan!