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Cheating

22 Feb

I’m already cheating by using a single speed mountain bike so, why stop there?

Brad Mullen posted about one of his sponsors this year being an altitude training device company and my initial reaction was that it’s cheating. I didn’t have any evidence or even any good arguments that it was cheating it just struck me as wrong. Too clinical.

I’ve since done a bit of research on the web and I haven’t been able to find any arguments against it. Quite the contrary, it’s perfectly legal as far as the IOC and UCI are concerned. There have been many discussions about it with coaches and officials and athletes and everyone seems to think it’s fine. It’s safe, legal and effective. You can even purchase your very own altitude tent for a mere $2500.

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Or,

We just happen to have our very own altitude training center right here in Salt Lake Valley at Momentum climbing gym. You can get your hypoxic air on without forking out the big bucks for your own tent. I must admit that I’m more than a little intrigued.

I’ve been exchanging e-mails with Eric Moody who runs the altitude training program at Momentum and he said he’s happy to give me and anybody else a tour and demo of the facility and help dispel any hangups we may have. Anybody want to join me at the coffee bar at Momentum for an hypoxic espresso?