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breathing...(5 posts)

Sep 5, 2002 11:12 AM
I recently bought the polar 410 and have begun using this to train . I am wondering if there are any good sites that talk about the technique of breathing. I am wanting to be more effecient and keep my heart rate down while riding. any suggestions or web sites about this???

thanks in advance
I'm in favor of itDougSloan
Sep 5, 2002 11:23 AM
I can't recall any, and I've read the entire internet on the subject. Just kidding.

Seriously, I've read and experienced that it is better when riding hard to focus on the exhale, the opposite of what's natural. At least every few breaths, try to force out all of the air in your lungs. I've done this, and I've seen my pulse rate drop.

Go to (nm)Jon Billheimer
Sep 5, 2002 11:30 AM
There is a technique called "breathplay"Sintesi
Sep 5, 2002 11:47 AM
I can't remember exactly how it goes but the idea is not to breathe in rhythm with your cadence. I think it's more of a mental game to take your mind off the efort and exhaustion you experience on climbs. Supposedly it works. I'll see if I can't find the article.

Lucien Van Impe who won the polka dot jersey like 6 times and the TdF once was a big proponent on proper breathing technique. He said that is the key to good climbing. Your lungs are like the carbuerator on your car and its is essential they work optimally. Well duh, but he really thought breathing was first in basic technique. Learn to breathe right and you can climb about anything.
re: breathing...draw from different applicationsbrurider
Sep 6, 2002 8:45 AM
A swim instuctor told me to exhale hard to get rid of CO2. Chilbirth classes taught my wife and I different breathing srategies. My old running days remind me to belly breathe, inhale with the gut out - just the opposite of want you want to naturally do, that is to inhale by expanding the chest. Supposedly this make the diaphrahm work better. Some bike mag suggested exhaling on the downstrokes.

On a recent double century with lots of hills I found myself able to actually bring my heartrate down while climbing by staying in the saddle and concentrating on my breathing pattern in concert with my pedaling action. Of course once you get out of the seat you gotta be careful about going anaerobic. I actually believe my hr went up on the downhills as I hit the bigger gears really hard and made up time.

Like many things, it takes practice. Depending on your speed, terrain, fitness level, how bad you want to beat yourself up, etc, you may want to use different techniques. Practice, practice, practice until you feel comfortable and it almost becomes 2nd nature. Even then, at times you will have to tell yourself to breath properly.