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Why do my lungs burn after a crit?(10 posts)

Why do my lungs burn after a crit?LC
Jun 16, 2002 5:17 PM
I never feel my lungs burn after a road race, but after a crit it feels like I just smoked 12 cubans. What causes that burning sensation? Is that my lungs saying I pushed too hard?
re: Why do my lungs burn after a crit?ishmael
Jun 16, 2002 6:11 PM
could be ozone polution. Was it hot out? Did you ever have asthma? You could be more sensitive. Then again maybe its just from riding really hard.
re: Why do my lungs burn after a crit?jessah
Jun 16, 2002 6:25 PM
close you mouth and breathe though your nose
Yes, I went out for a hard ride...Wayne
Jun 17, 2002 5:19 AM
last week and came home almost unable to breath because my lungs/chest hurt so bad. Come to find out it was a red alert for ozone danger. I never considered this before because the problem had never been so bad. Apparently this stuff can tear your lungs up!
I couldnt find much about itishmael
Jun 17, 2002 7:49 AM
The ozone polution levels are worst at the hotest part of the day, between 12 and 3, and then tapper off to not so bad levels even on bad days. I've been told there arent longterm problems associated with it but I doubt this. If you find any info please tell me.
I couldnt find much about itWayne
Jun 17, 2002 8:04 AM
My friend sent me some governmental type warnings but I erased them. I'll email him and see if he can send them again. If I recall them correctly, it wasn't clear from the warning whether it was just an acute problem or could lead to a long-term loss of lung function. They basically warned you that if you had asthma, emphysema, or exercised for prolonged periods not to go out/exercise when this warning was out.
No, just crits in generalLC
Jun 17, 2002 9:32 AM
No I am not talking about a particular crit, just all crits in general. I was talking to my teammates after a crit a few days ago and they all said they felt the same thing, particularly after hilly crits since you repeatly attack the hill again and again and the rest of the time around is just trying to catch your breath. I noticed that most of the cat 4/5's were hacking and choaking after the race. Funny thing is that the pro/1/2's seemed fine after their race, and they went twice as long.
re: Why do my lungs burn after a crit?kaiser
Jun 17, 2002 6:52 AM
It really sounds like a smog issue. Combine heat, smog and a lot of sun (and a winded rider), and you've got a good lung-burning brew going.

I learned my lesson about racing during smog alerts back in 1984 in Riverside California. I thought I was gonna die after the race. I got SO sick.

Don't do it...It isn't worth it.
Same thing hereMcAndrus
Jun 17, 2002 8:29 AM
A few years back, I played a hard game of b-ball during some kind of smog alert in Los Angeles. I was on my back for a day afterwards.
re: Why do my lungs burn after a crit?brider
Jun 17, 2002 1:09 PM
Crits are definitely a long-term voyage into the anaerobic zone. What you're feeling is most likely (1) fatigue of the muscles in the ribcage and diaphragm (the "breathing" muscles), or (2) just generalized fatigue from an extremely hard effort and a lot of deep breathing.

Make sure you're getting a good warm up well prior to the start, with some good jumps. Get the sweat starting. That should help.