I recently relocated from a city at sea level to a city with an elevation of 6,500 ft (1982m) and my last few workouts have been very rough. I was wondering if muscular strength was affected as much by elevation as cardio is? Or will the increased elevation increase my RBC count and I'll eventually feel a small boost in strength as my body compensates?
I only felt like I was training at about 85% of what I usually do. Is this within a normal range?
I definitely notice the difference in cardio, but my rest intervals are at about 1 min 30 s while I'm lifting, so I'm not winded when I start my sets.