It seems when it gets too hot & humid breathing becomes difficult. The hotter and more humid it is the worse it gets. Not only when riding but just when I’m out in it in general. Riding makes it worse though. Not looking for a medical diagnosis here but has anyone with trouble breathing in the heat found relief in some manner? (other then ducking in someplace air conditioned which works great)
When riding last year (very hot) I was ok because the air was moving. When Stopped I felt the heat more and sometimes had difficultly breathing. Never stopped at rest stops without shade (why would you). Never heard of not being able to breath while riding other than maybe asthma or just pushing too hard.
I have the opposite, except maybe when the corn is pollinating, not really hard to breath but watch out behind if a finger goes up to the side of the nose. I would have like to be breathing in the heat this morning, 18 felt a lot colder than the 0 yesterday. “Breathing in the heat, bresthing in the heat, we will go rejoicing, breathing in the heat” sorry, think i froze something,
I have not experienced any problem breathing in the heat. I don’t have a lot of experience with humidity. Being from Arizona I did a lot of my training during the afternoons (105`-112` temps). The warm, dry breeze just kept me cool. I think that helped a lot in 2012 because the heat didn’t really bother me. Just keep drinking plenty of water and some electrolytes to keep hydrated.
I’ve received weather predictions, a jingle of some kind, personal lamenting and even hydration advise. I was really looking for anything someone had done to alleviate any respiratory issue they had with heat and humidity.
Any one have breathing issues in the RAGBRAI heat & humidity that they have found a trick to help improve their breathing?
I have allergy induced asthma and have had no problems breathing in the heat. I use my inhaler as needed before starting and during rides. However, one side effect of breathing in the heat occurred during RAGBRAI XL. On Tuesday of that week we rode into a substantial headwind for most of the day in 100+ degree heat. I ended up with 2nd degree burns on the inside of my lower lip from mouth breathing and probably some sunburn. Lip balm did not help during the ride. It took several weeks to heal.
I don’t have problems with breathing when riding. I live 20 miles from the gulf of Mexico along the Texas coast. The air gets really heavy from the gulf moisture. It’s not uncommon to be riding in 90 – 98 deg heat with 80 – 95 % humidity. One thing I do as an exercise that may have helped me thru the years is to take 50 – 100 really deep breaths while riding. This expands your lungs and increases your O2 content which helps increase energy.
Riding in the h&h goes well for about 2.5 hours. Going easy from the start on hot days may help. Breathing in the evening is still a problem. It might be just in my dna since when cross-country skiing I’m always dressed much lighter them most others and yet plenty warm. I think when my lungs over heat is when the trouble starts. If there was a CO2 cartridge device to get a shot of cold air now and then, that I’d pay for.