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After a nice winter of base training I went out to do a 30 min. all out FTP test yesterday which went great and set a new PR.

My legs felt great but I had a lot of trouble breathing or swallowing, really.

I felt like I had so much mucous in my throat I was choking when breathing hard and it was also really tough to take a drink of water (not just the normal balls to the wall breathing hard). I have noticed this on and off over the past few weeks and it has happened before. I have had problems with frequent sore throats and post nasal drip before. All I can figure is my body is producing more/thicker mucus than it should be...I have also had more dairy in my diet (ice cream) than usual this weekend.

ANyone else experienced this? What did you do about it? Thinking about trying to have less dairy in my diet. ANything else to look out for? Thanks, all.
 

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You're bound to get all sorts of advice here, but I think you should at least go visit your doctor for a check-up. It doesn't really matter what others have experienced. They couldn't possibly be in the same exact boat as you.
 

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it could be just the changing of the seasons, allergies, and sinus problems. That's what's got me feeling down right now man.

I went riding the other morning for about 12 miles, and it was about 35 when I started out and when the sun came up it came up to about 45 before I was done. My lungs were hurting from breathing the cold air and my nose was leaking like crazy.

try some advil congestion relief about 10 minutes before you take off to ride.

edit: Also, after I did some research the other day I was convinced i had EIA (Exercise Induced Asthma). lol.. might ask my doctor about that, but I doubt I have it really. I dont wheeze and I think its just from breathing the cold air so heavily.
 

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Could be a number of things. EIA is quite common and easy enough to safely treat. See a doctor, preferably one who cycles.

Larry
 

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Def see a doctor. But, also try a neti pot or a similar saline flush system. I get mad amounts of mucous riding in colder weather at especially at higher intensities and doing a saline flush before and after riding limits the problem very well. I also have EIA and it's worth getting checked out for that also. Using meds for EIA really helps out letting me reach a little more when it's cold out.
 
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