Not strictly racing oriented but hey I don't abuse my blue star that much
(and you guys do give pretty solid advice)
This is a kind of meandering request for breathing exercises and I apologize for its length.
The injury (torn brachial plexus) that paralyzed most of my left arm also affects my left diaphragm. Essentially it's paralyzed. This manifests itself after hard exertions (sprint, bridge climb) and is a real shortness of breath. It's not being winded it's more than that. At its worse it's akin to what I imagine an asthma attack would be like. I can and obviously do recover and as I get into better shape over the course of a year this situation becomes less severe but never goes away. At my "best" I need 30 seconds to really breath normally again after a max effort. Sometimes I need more.
Obviously, it makes it real hard to crit race as I need to hang over my bars and learn how to breathe again after chasing a break or whatever and by then the race is usually up the road and gone.
So what have I accomplished? My "steady-state" exertion does improve with more riding. Measured in mph (not a great measure I know) not too long ago I was happy to maintain a pace over 16-17mph. Now I can ride along at 20 solo and stay with a group at 23 or so. When there's a break that ups that pace that I chase I get into the trouble described above. I think I can continue this kind of improvement so should I consider TTs?
Problem is I'm competitive and like pack riding.
My daughter plays the bassoon and has told me of some diaphragm exercises and I'm starting those. I have and am continuing to drop body weight as well.
So, any ideas on breathing exercises or related ideas? I'm not trolling the internet for medical advice but rather some training knowledge.