ozone issues/lung capacity??
Not sure if I'm encountering ground level ozone issues on long rides...
Washington, DC area..
I realize that if I'm biking in 100 degree heat and on a bad ozone day (level RED) , my
lungs get pretty wasted after a little bit - and I can no longer take full breaths or else
I will cough..
Did a couple centuries last year in the fall - nice days..great weather.. and towards
the end - I find myself coughing if I try to take a full breath..
Today I did a solo century on the WO&D trail, and found after mile 80, I couldn't
take full breaths.. Even now, 2 hours after my ride, I will cough if I try to full inhale.
btw - I'm almost 32 years old.. no asthma or anything.. have no other issues
at any other time like this.. no allergies to the pollen in the area.
Is ozone affecting my breathing? Is this normal for other people out there?
What do other people do, or does it not affect them?
Although you say that you don't have asthma, the coughing during/after exercise is a symptom of exercise-induced asthma. High ozone levels could be aggravating it. You may want to have your doctor check you for asthma.
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Disease vs. annoyance
I get this same cough (I assume) on my first one or two long rides in hot weather each season. I've had this for 40 years. I would also say that I don't have asthma, though I do have mild spring and fall allergies and sometimes get some wheezing breathing on humid nights. No significant ground level ozone where I ride. Would I get this if the first hot weather rides of the year didn't coincide with spring allergies? No way to tell. Am I "sick" with breathing problems? Hard to judge. I'm sure that if I went to a doctor immediately after a ride with my cough and said it was "persistent" then the doc would start prescribing things. That said, this is something I just live with and it certainly doesn't affect my life one bit. Riding in RED ALERT conditions doesn't seem wise, does it?
Yes, RED ALERTS are a definite no no and I limit my outdoor activity.. It is
the closet thing that I can compare the problem too.. 1 good day of 100 miles
= about 15 minutes on a RED ALERT condition.. same kind of cough if I try
to inhale. I don't suspect much ground level ozone at this time of year.. so I'm
trying to narrow it down.. to see if its the 7 hours exposure to physical activity as such,
or its just me.. or common..
Originally Posted by Kerry Irons
I picked some some 12 hr Claritin-D (claritin+ decongestant).. I just did a 99 mile
bike ride today, and can inhale fully still.. a little desire to cough - but just very minor.
Pollen everywhere today too.. My nose still dripped, and it probably drips down my
throat too, which was what causes the condition.
I also found an article here: http://www.ultrafit.com/librarypub.a...ibrary&s=Other
"Exercise Induced Asthma" <- http://www.ultrafit.com/library/Other/EIA.doc
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