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trouble breathing(6 posts)

trouble breathingariesceltic
Jan 3, 2004 11:12 AM
When I first start out on a ride for about the first 15 mins I am continually coughing and getting rid of alot of mucous. Most of my breathing is thru the mouth boht inhaling and exhaling. Does anyone have any ideas or experience the same symptoms. Thanks
If you're a smoker-quit...(nm)RemmingtonShowdown
Jan 3, 2004 11:33 AM
re: trouble breathingwookieontherun
Jan 3, 2004 3:11 PM
are you ingesting a lot of sugar before you ride? that includes sports drinks... that will cause you to phlegm up like nobody's business
Could be exercise induced asthma,pedalAZ
Jan 3, 2004 5:29 PM
a condition I never experienced until this year. In my case, it is exaggerated when I start out hard without a good warmup, and is made worse in cold air. I have tried several meds, and recently added a new one. At this point, I take Advair Discus and SingulAir daily, and a hit of Proventil (albuterol) before riding. I bring the albuterol inhaler with me on rides in case of an episode. 2 weeks ago, I went on a ride and had a real bad episode after a sustained climb near the beginning. Went to the doctor and got a dose of steroids for 5 days to "break the cycle," as he and others put it.

When I have a problem, it is as you describe: copious amounts of mucus, both coughed up and from my nose, making me cough like crazy to the point it is hard for my breathing to keep up. Definitely sucks, and I have had to modify my ride profiles to avoid attacks.
Could be exercise induced asthma,ORdirtydown
Jan 3, 2004 6:01 PM
I experience the same thing. It takes me a good 40 minutes of moderate exercise to warm up. My first hard effort hurts a lot. If I can get a good recovery after the initial hard effort, I am good to go from that point. It sucks but that is what I got to work with. I prefer not to use the drugs. However, during the grass pollen season I have to.
Too many unknowns...coonass
Jan 3, 2004 6:29 PM
My first 30-45 minutes of riding shortens my vocabulary to 1-word sentences until I can get the 'second wind' to kick in and then I can carry on a semi-literate conversation....the longer I ride, the longer my sentences are :) I'm not a smoker and I'm assuming that you're not, but have you consulted a Sports Medical Doctor and taken x-rays of your lungs? A medical exam should be the first approach; another assist might be to target-exercise those lungs. Until then, here are a couple of sites that may be of some interest: and the Power Breathing technique: