Occasionally I get a horrible dry throat from breathing hard. I'm bigger guy and take large fast breaths through my mouth when racing. The trouble is, my throat gets so damn dry sometimes, it actually feels like its sticking, and makes it very hard to breath. I have an occasional bout of exercise-induced asthma, but it takes very cold weather to aggravate that. Some races are better than others, but the bad ones make me feel like I'm sucking air through a straw due to the dryness.
Is this a hydration issue? Do you think putting gum in my mouth would help? Thanks for any advice.