I'm all to familiar with regular asthma, I've had friends and family members who had it very bad as children. You know, serious attacks, trips to the hospital, turning blue, etc.. What I am talking about is strictly excercise induced asthma. As I've been told about by other very fit cyclists but never really seen anyone with symptoms.
I only ask about the performance enhancer because Albuterol is very banned
by just about every sports sanctioning body out there, unless it is by inhalation, with prescription from a doctor with a diagnosis of asthma.
I know what the wheezing sounds/feels like. It is just such a rare occurrence for me, if they have really banned it for a performance enhancing effect I'd feel a bit strange going to the doctor to talk about it.
The thing is being out of shape is not a yes/no thing, it comes in grades. The other thing my friend who takes albuterol before races says he feels is a tightness in your chest after long hard rides, especially when it is cold. I absolutely feel that. I'm not having any trouble breathing but if I take a deep breath I can feel the effect.
I am kind of having a hard time not understanding how not wheezing would not have been a performance enhancer last week for me personally. I would not say I was out of shape last week, just a question of degree of fitness. It only happened once on the ride for like 2-3 minutes max. I maybe happens like once or twice a year but the tightness after a ride is common, I feel that after many rides.