Roy Allan Burch’s Olympic preparation stepped up a gear, while many people around the World was celebrating New Years, Burch was preparing for a Trip to Colorado for some Altitude Training.
Coaches and elite athletes of all disciplines swear by high altitude training and Bermuda National Swimming coach Ben Smith said, “Burch will get a chance to train at that level and also be around some of the World’s Best Swimmers.”
Well-Known Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps completed high altitude training camps at the Olympic Training Center at Colorado Springs to prepare for his record-busting performances in the 2008 Olympics.
Proponents of high altitude training (often simply called "altitude training") note that the human body produces more red blood cells at higher altitudes. They believe that the presence of these oxygen-hungry cells boosts athletic performance for a few weeks after an athlete returns to sea level [source: Eyestone]. Because circumstantial accounts of better performance after altitude training exist across many athletic disciplines, altitude training is especially attractive to multisport competitors and triathletes.
Burch is looking forward to competing at the Austin Grand Prix on January 13th – 15th.
The event will take place at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, and it is the second event of the seven-meet 2011-2012 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series.