So I got a new toy to play with. It is an elevation mask http://www.trainingmask.com/ used to simulate altitude. The reason altitude is so harsh is because of the lack of oxygen in the air. The theory behind the mask is that by having the mask on, you train in an oxygen deprived state, like being at altitude. There are three settings on the mask, 6000, 9000, and 18000 feet above sea level. I used the mask in its 6000 foot setting and I will tell you this, I did my Level 1 certification at Park City which was at 6800 feet above sea level and training with the mask felt just like park city!!! Like with anything else that is new, I am slowly introducing it into my training and we shall see how it goes!!!
I did two rounds of a 1000 meters each, first round was 4:45, second round was 4:47. After the first round I tried to leave the mask on to recover but I had to rip it off, LOL!!! Second round I left it on till my breathing became normal again.