Michael Phelps was recently beaten in his signature race 200 meter butterfly, when he at the 2011 Eric Namesnik Michigan Grand Prix swam 1:57.79, behind China’s Wu Peng in 1:56.62, Poland’s Marcin Cieślak in 1:57.13 and USA’s Tyler Clary in 1:57.56. Maybe therefore he now tries sleeping in an altitude tent, to see if it gives the same positive effect as altitude camps. Via SwimNews.com, The Michigan Daily and The Detroit News.
Phelps has also been experimenting with different training techniques, including sleeping in an altitude tent at night to strengthen oxygen production. He came up with the idea – one that has been in operation in Australia and China, among other countries for many years now, when he and Bowman discussed why he always trains better at the US Olympic Development Center at altitude in Colorado Springs.
“It looks like my bed is like a fish tank,” Phelps said. “Right now, I’m sleeping at [the equivalent of] almost 6,000 feet above sea level. You can feel it when you open the door in the morning. I do feel like my body is recovering faster than it was without it. We’re going to work our way up to 10,000 feet. We’ll see how it goes. Right now, I feel better in the water than a couple months ago, so I’m encouraged. I feel like ‘What’s the worst thing that could happen?’ ”