TIA Reserve Team
- Apr 14, 2009
I'm a professional (actually sponsored) high-altitude mountaineer ... and going to 3,600 M altitude to play in La Paz and then coming back down to sea-level is just a massive jolt to your body.He's a 25 year old professional footballer, and he's played 12 games this season.
Sorry, cant be doing with any of this 'he's tired' bollocks.
Going non-stop to almost 4km in a single go is usually not recommended. Any mountaineer would take about 5~8 days to properly acclimatize to 4,000m. Strenuous physical activity immediately after hitting that altitude is yet another no-no. No wonder if he's a bit off colour if being asked to perform at 3600m, with no time to acclimatize ...and then with little or no preparation thrust into 3 matches in 8 days. He was a bit off tonight, but I would be too.