Swimmers coming to Carson Valley from lower elevations often notice the effects of our altitude, finding it harder to swim at their best times until they have trained here for a few weeks. At an elevation of 4700 feet above sea level, a lungful of the air at our Minden pool contains about 84% of the oxygen found at sea level.
Athletes in many sports, including swimming, often seek out opportunities to train at higher altitudes, to increase the efficiency with which their bodies absorb and use oxygen. An example is the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado at 6035 feet elevation, offering about 80% of sea-level oxygen.
Altitude gives the Douglas Dolfins, and other teams that train and compete in our area, an advantage when competing in locations closer to sea-level. Did you know that USA Swimming allows your times, for events 200 yards or more, to be adjusted for altitude for entry into swim meets held at lower elevations?
The allowable adjustments for times achieved at the Minden, Carson City, or Reno pools are the same as for Lake Tahoe or Colorado Springs, ranging from 1.20 sec for 200 yards, 5.00 sec for 400 or 500 yards, to 23.00 sec for 1650 yards. Times achieved in Bishop, CA, have smaller adjustments.
For more information, click here for the current adjustments in use by USA Swimming. To see your adjusted times, search the USA Swimming Times Database. Keep enjoying our high country air!