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rose2011-10-23 13:15:23 +0000 #1
First post, long time reader

Hello. I bought my new road bike the other day. I love it. I went for a ride with my boyfriend who also just bought a bike. I've been riding all my life but was always hybrids. I'm doing the round the bay for the fifth year this year and am super excited to use my new bike

Does anyone else seem to have trouble breathing when riding? I'm not a smoker, never have been, but it is mainly when I am riding up hills. I get a sharp pain behind my sternum, and I struggle to expand my lungs enough to fill them up. It is like I need to yawn, but I can't seem to breath in enough. I can breath fine when I'm not riding. Perhaps I'm still quite unfit in terms of breathing properly while riding.

Does anyone have any suggestions on the correct method of breathing whilst riding up hill?
Biciclista2011-10-23 13:21:20 +0000 #2
you might see your doctor, could be exercise induced asthma. Breathing isn't something I'd mess around with! (and welcome to TE!!!)

(Maybe you're pushing yourself too hard?)
rose2011-10-23 13:38:05 +0000 #3
I haven't heard of that before. Thanks! I'll book in for the doctor. Will be nice to climb a hill without been in pain. Maybe I'll stick to the flatter areas and build up some more fitness too.
Kathi2011-10-23 14:03:18 +0000 #4
Yes, for years I thought I was undertrained so I thought it was normal. Turns out I had exercised induced asthma. I've probably had it all my life and no one recognized it. Advair and using my rescue inhaler before exercise controls it.

I also have adult onset asthma although I've never smoked.
ny biker2011-10-23 13:27:03 +0000 #5
I also have problems with asthma, mostly when riding up steep hills. I find it's best to shift into the easiest gear and pedal more slowly. Even if it means I'm only going 4 mph up the hill. Also, stay calm. An asthma attack can be scary, especially if you don't know what's happening, but panicking just makes it worse.

I find that as my fitness improves over the course of the summer, the asthma symptoms are not as bad. Some hills require a hit of Albuterol in June but not in August.

Bad air quality can make things worse, so pay attention to that part of the weather forecast. I also find that cold air makes it hurt to breathe, so I don't do much riding outdoors in winter. Brisk walks in the cold are okay for me, though.

I use a daily inhaler (Pulmicort) and carry a rescue inhaler (Albuterol) with me. I'm lucky in that I don't need the Albuteral often. However to use it properly you have to inhale deeply and then hold your breath for 10 seconds, which is really hard if you've just ridden up a steep hill and your heart rate is way up. So it's better to pre-treat if you're doing a hilly ride.
rose2011-10-23 14:04:08 +0000 #6
I find that too with the cold air, especially if I have gone for a walk/jog. I can feel the pain in my lungs for the next day or two. It is nice to know that I'm not the only one feeling this

you've all been very helpful
zoom-zoom2011-10-23 15:01:54 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by Biciclista

you might see your doctor, could be exercise induced asthma. Breathing isn't something I'd mess around with! (and welcome to TE!!!)

(Maybe you're pushing yourself too hard?)

Yup, sounds a LOT like EIA. Definitely get that checked out. Asthma is nothing to mess with.

Welcome to TE. Tell us about your bike (we love bike porn, heh).
Owlie2011-10-23 14:52:53 +0000 #8
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Originally Posted by rose

I find that too with the cold air, especially if I have gone for a walk/jog. I can feel the pain in my lungs for the next day or two. It is nice to know that I'm not the only one feeling this

you've all been very helpful

The boyfriend has allergy-induced asthma and lives in a town with crappy air quality. He's got his inhaler with him on all rides. Cold air can also be a trigger for him. Go talk to your doc!

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