Saturday, May 14, 2016

“Yannis Pitsiladis traveled to the Dead Sea for the same...



"Yannis Pitsiladis traveled to the Dead Sea for the same reason that pilgrims wheezing with bronchitis and emphysema head to this low-altitude divide between Israel and Jordan. Yannis went in search of oxygen. A quarter-mile below sea level at the #DeadSea, where the barometric pressure is high, there's about 5 percent more oxygen to breathe. The naturally enriched air has been shown to increase exercise capacity in those with chronic lung disease. What Yannis — a scientist and provocateur — wanted to know was whether it could do the same thing for distance runners. While on assignment for @nytimessports in February, @urielsinai took this photo of Yannis running along a dike that crosses the Dead Sea. Visit the link in our profile to read about Yannis Pitsiladis's quixotic quest to train a #marathoner to break the 2-hour barrier. #nytweekender" By nytimes on Instagram.



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