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  • For several weeks last year
    he ran eight thousand feet
    above sea level at a place
    called Summit Peak.

    Words like oxygen and
    hemoglobin float
    in the thin air, rise like
    barometric pressure.
    His body, his heart rate
    acclimate to lack by
    increasing red blood cells.

    Now he lives up high on
    a mountain range and only
    returns to sea level to where
    mere mortals compete.

    Less resistance while
    moving creates faster
    times and personal bests.

    He reads scientific studies
    and training regimes for elite
    athletes hoping to break records
    and win Olympic medals
    and reach for historic distinction.

    Imagine the Greek runners
    in Athens at the first Olympics
    training on Mount
    Olympus, mortals becoming
    It's all atmospheric advantage.
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