I am going to cycle from Manali to Leh, as soon as I am ready. The altitudes range from 3-5K meters. This is dangerous stuff. Before you warn me against killing myself, understand that I will be acclimating to the altitude for at least a week before I begin the trek. I'll probably be taking Diamox, but I'm not sure. There are also other drugs available, but I'd like to keep all natural. I could for instance get Winstrol, or EPO to increase RBCs, and use them at a safe and low level... all this is legal in India... but I'd rather do it natural. I might cart along some oxygen just in case, as well... I will probably be going it alone.
So, I am training at sea level in Goa. On a 45 pound single speed. I am soon to ride my first metric century. I intend to be able to ride a century by the time I leave for Nepal in three weeks to see what altitudes are like and to trek to Everest base camp... high altitude training. After that it is off to Bangalore for more training.
I feel like I've gotten in over a thousand base miles in the last month. I think it is now time to look for some hills, and start to incorporate, once or twice a week, repeated hill runs... to adjust me to those mountain passes up to 15K or more feet. There aren't many hills, but rest assured I will find one to go up and down repeatedly.
I'm going to Bangalore soon, which is a bit higher, with more hills, and I should be able to get a geared bike there. I want to do some mountain biking there, which will be a nice addition to my road bike distance training, and will prepare me for h te bumpy roads between Manali and Leh.
Is this crazy? Am I going to die? Can I get in adequate shape, if I ride hard daily, for the next 3-4 months to do this run? I am devoted. I think I can do it. I'm going to try, or get AMS trying, by god.
Any advice would be appreciated.ManMa