Source: This article and many others on CVAC sessions first appeared on George Vargas' site here. 50 miles 5,800 feet of climbing Day 1 is designed to begin the altitude acclimation process. Today’s course was intended to be ridden at endurance pace. Keep in mind your power and heart rate can be down as much as 15% at elevation. I went fairly “easy” as far as my numbers appear but I assure you it felt more like medium intensity. I believe I am having an easier time acclimating to the altitude, relatively speaking, than the other campers because of my CVAC Sessions at Ascent – OC. The scenery was amazing and the support by CCSD – Cycling Camps San Diego was right on the money. Rob Panzera, President of CCSD, provided coaching tips on descending before the ride. Later at Minaret Vista, 9,265 feet, Rob provided information on the affects of altitude on the body as it relates to heart rate and power. 7653231532_9c6086284d_z It’s either up or down 😉 data from Training Peaks WKO 7653231740_a86105f902_z Data from Ride with GPS 7653143296_5bb1452aec_z George “Red-Eyed Vireo” Vargas at Minaret Vista 9,265 feet 7653102428_1490c83525_z 7653105654_9d230f6d56_z 7653109310_b37df98d1d_z 7653113186_bbc6cbf431_z USA Olympic Marathoner Meb Keflezighi or here still running at altitude just days before the London Olympics 7653117806_ab2ba4bdb3_z 7653120654_a60c417b87_z Devil’s Postpile 7653354838_bc86078b07_o A Geologic Wonder Established in 1911 by presidential proclamation, Devils Postpile National Monument protects and preserves the Devils Postpile formation, the 101-foot high Rainbow Falls, and pristine mountain scenery. The formation is a rare sight in the geologic world and ranks as one of the world’s finest examples of columnar basalt. Its columns tower 60 feet high and display an unusual symmetry. 7653127732_e73ae5805a_z From the Gate House adjacent Minaret Vista pictured below 7653371208_245b58dd6a_z Minaret Vista Station Elevation 9,176 7653146920_fea33af6a4_z Rob Panzera, President of CCSD – Cycling Camps San Diego, at Minaret Vista 9,265 Elevation 7653442300_12df2e7a1b_z 7653441966_0069222603_z Somehow even though I was riding easy I picked up a top ten on a Strava segment (unaware it existed) – go figure 😉