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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:57 am    Post subject: Exercise Induced / Late onset Asthma Reply with quote

So, it turns out I have asthma.

The Dr diagnosed it after a particularly freezing cold and breathlessness inducing crit race that I did back in Jan.

I'm taking my inhaler before hard training sessions and if the temperature is looking a bit on the nippy side (anything lower than 12 degrees) as going deep and cold air seem to be the main causes for my episodes.


Just wondering if anyone else on here has developed asthma as an adult, do you still have it and/or if anyone has tips for continuing training with this.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was very bad as a child but not exercise induced. Id have an attack, allergy induced (feather pillows killed me). I'd be out of action for at least a week. spent time in hospital in oxygen tents and many long nights locked in the kitchen with boiling water in pots and pans breathign steam! The last attack I had was 13 years old, a very bad one during summer holidays meaning i missed 2 of the 6 weeks. the following year I seemed to develop quite severe hayfever!

roll on nearly 30 years and in 2015 when I noticed I was having trouble racing indoors at lee valley. Its very warm and humid in the velodrome. After 6 months of this I went to docs and got the blue inhaler. To be honest if I'm in trouble its useless but I generally just fill myself up before I start. Im now called Froomey Wink. This summer with the heat it has been tough running and have done more on the treadmill than outside! I have also been struggling on the turbo at any serious intensity. just feel like I cant get the oxygen in.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're a bit old to be setting your sights on a TdF win.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

was diagnosed a couple of years ago...only really struggle in the late winter/early spring mornings for some reason...

Just waiting for the saddle sores to kick in and i will be in TUE heaven...
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had it quite bad as a kid (not as bad as Hammerer) but regularly on the old Roids ... must be the reason for my err... massive guns?! Wink

It chilled out during my late teens and early 20's, only really hitting me when in really dusty conditions (though it wasn't dust mite related).

Started creeping back a little more every year, and last winter was my worst for a fair while. It seems to surface when the weather changes from cold to warm/wet and vice versa. I think last winter was particularly bad for this, so had a number of evening sessions where i'd end up sat up in bed for 2 hours as i cou;dn't comfortably lie down and breathy properly.

Finally went to the docs and got a blue and a brown. Though in typical me style, i forgot to bother using the brown through the winter as suggested (as apparently it takes a few weeks to build). I try my best not to use them, and pretty much just tough through it. I just like the comfort blanket of knowing if it gets really bad, the immediate relief (which has always ben really effective for me) of the blue inhaler is just at the bottom of my bag or whatever.

So all in all i just keep a watchful eye on it, but it doesn't really effect me too bad. Some harder sessions are below par because of it, but it rarely last long, per bout.

Writing this has just made me relaise i've had no issues with it at all this summer, though i have been struggling with the heat more than i ever have before. Not sure if that is age, allergens or what?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also had problems with feather pillows as a child and breathlessness, but I was too young to remember but have dodged them ever since.

A couple of years ago I had real problems on the run at IM UK, it started raining and getting cold and I was struggling with breathing etc., although things picked up in the last 5k when it started drying out.

With hindsight I think several things were going on but I did go to the Dr's, and he said without going to see lots of specialists the best thing he could suggest was asthma, I tried the blue inhaler but it didn't really make much difference. He started me on this as I did the blow test (oooer) and he said at the time I had the lung capacity of a chain smoker!

I then got the brown inhaler and used it for a few months, but didn't feel much better or worse.

I do sometimes get quite wheezy, tends to be when the temperature changes dramatically or I get stressed so do sometimes use the brown one for a few days and it's normally alright soon after, or just a few days rest.

So stress\fatigue etc. might be worth looking at, I've just been listening to Simon Ward's latest podcast about overtraining\under recovery and as I'm sure we all probably know the rest of life also takes it's toll on the body.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers guys, it's reassuring to know that I'm not alone and that my triggers, especially around temperature and dry/dusty seem to be common amongst you as well.

I think I'm suffering from either an underlying low-level viral thing at the minute and/or over training on top of the O2 uptake issues, so will be going on good boy duties for the next few weeks, taking my inhaler and keeping all training in recovery zone before building back up. Smile
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