WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
Let’s see what altitude training does for Michael Phelps.
The Olympic superstar will compete at the Paris Open this weekend after high-altitude training this past month at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Phelps decided to skip the Mare Nostrum Series and USA Swimming Grand Prix in California to train in high altitude.
The theory behind high altitude training is that if you can adjust your body to perform at competitive levels with less oxygen in your blood and muscles, then when you travel to sea level to compete you should have a higher level of endurance.
The “extra” oxygen will prevent the early build-up of lactic acid and keep the heart rate lower even though a swimmer is pushing himself harder than at altitude.
Phelps will not compete on any relays. He is entered in the 100- and 200-meter freestyles, 200-meter butterfly and 200-meter individual medley.
Frenchman Alain Bernard will compete against Phelps in the 100 freestyle on Saturday. Reigning world champion Cesar Cielo will also be in the 100 field.
USA Swimming, the sport’s national governing body, has named eight open water swimmers to the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships roster for the open water 10K that will be held Aug. 22 in Long Beach, Calif.
Olympian Chloe Sutton of Mission Viejo, Calif. and Pan American Games gold medalist Fran Crippen of Conshohocken, Pa. head the roster.
The remaining members of the U.S. women’s team are Emily Brunemann of Crescent Springs, Ky., Evan Fabian of Keene, N.H. and, Christine Jennings of Longmont, Colo.
The men’s team also includes Chip Peterson of Pine Knoll Shores, N.C., Andrew Gemmel of Wilmington, Del. and Alex Meyer of Ithaca, N.H.
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