Elevation and exercise induced asthma

Discussion in 'Cycling Training' started by Rebecca Smith-Terry, May 2, 2018.

  1. Rebecca Smith-Terry

    Rebecca Smith-Terry New Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2018
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hello all,

    I am an avid cyclist, both road and mountain. While I am not an expert, I am not new to the sport. I did have to stop mountain biking, not road biking, to recover from back surgery a couple of years ago. Several years back I was diagnosed with exercise induced asthma (EIA) and was prescribed an inhaler to use before I ride. At that time I was living on the east coast of North Carolina, now I live in the mountains of Virginia. The place I go riding is at an elevation of 2320 feet, it doesn't seem like that this altitude would have an affect on my breathing but I have noticed that I do have a harder time than I did while living on the coast.

    Could the elevation I'm at now really be affecting the asthma? Anyone have any experience with EIA?
     
    Tags:


  2. Corzhens

    Corzhens Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2015
    Messages:
    1,287
    Likes Received:
    122
    From what I understand with the elevation of the place, the higher you go, the lesser the oxygen so it is normal for the breathing to be harder or labored. In the movie Everest, they were ready with oxygen canisters in case they need more oxygen to inhale since the atmosphere is very thin. That's what I think about the difficulty in your breathing because you are in a higher altitude.
     
  3. treecko142

    treecko142 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2018
    Messages:
    419
    Likes Received:
    24
    Yeah, it's much harder to breathe at higher elevations because of the decrease in atmospheric pressure, especially for people who aren't used to living in that altitude.
     
  4. reighn

    reighn Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2018
    Messages:
    371
    Likes Received:
    18
    The elevation of your place will affect your breathing even with or without asthma. The thin air or oxygen in a higher ground or much more elevated area will give you the breathing problem specially you have asthma, but I think it's just for a few days, after your lungs and body become immune to the place it will be gone.
     
  5. Kakashi

    Kakashi Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2018
    Messages:
    634
    Likes Received:
    37
    Elevation does affect endurance when it comes to cycling, the thinner the air as the elevation gets higher the ride gets harder and this could induce your asthma. I think you need to acclimate your self first and after a month of getting used to your present elevation you'd be okay.
     
  6. ballyhara

    ballyhara Member

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2018
    Messages:
    153
    Likes Received:
    7
    That's the best word to solve the problem: acclimate. Remember you were leaving near the coast, now you're living in the mountains, so atmospheric pressure is different, oxygen levels are different, and you have to get use to those before going out cycling. Maybe you should start with short riding periods, and you can increase your time weekly, that way you can get use to easily.
     
Loading...
Loading...