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 Post subject: Re: Asthma
PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:19 pm 

Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2003 9:47 pm
Posts: 1881
Location: Santa Cruz, California, USA
NoiseBoy wrote:
I'm not sure how much I would gain from having a power meter without being able to interpret the numbers.

GoldenCheetah analysis software is free. "Training and Racing with a Power Meter" by Coggan and Allen is $18.

 Post subject: Re: Asthma
Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:19 pm 

 Post subject: Re: Asthma
PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 4:30 pm 

Joined: Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:52 pm
Posts: 44
Location: Jersey, British Channel Islands
Ive been to see the Respiratory Nurse, still on a very low dose but my peak flow has levelled off at 450L/min or 500L/min after salbutamol. Haven't been riding much due to other commitments but set out today, took a couple of puffs on the salbutamol as directed and checked my peak flow, which was 520, highest ive seen. Felt quite good so set off but within 30 seconds of turning a pedal on the warm up my HR was up over 180bpm which freaked me out a bit. Legs felt great but was puffing away and thought I was going to be sick with the build up of sputum/saliva so pulled over to get my HR back down and have a proper drink of water. Felt OK after a while so set off again but I now get a really raw throat and a bit of wheeze at high effort. I think my breathing is generally better as i'm staying out of oxygen debt for a lot longer and recovering a lot quicker. Its just these pain in the arse side effects that are the problem. Whether or not its a side effect of the drugs or maybe that is even normal, I just didn't get a sore throat before because I wasn't breathing hard enough?

I do at least feel like i'm getting somewhere slowly but surely.

 Post subject: Re: Asthma
PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 4:55 pm 

Joined: Sun May 19, 2013 1:01 am
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Lifelong asthmatic. I take ventolin *before* riding and then as needed. Not usually needed but can be aggravated by other factors like allergies or cold. If I'm going through a rough patch, I start flovent but that's preventative and takes a couple of doses for efficacy.

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