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    Dry throat when racing. Need advice

    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.

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    Gum is a bad idea. It's likely to end up stuck in your airway.

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    What are the rules for hydration for your series? Are you allowed to carry a bottle? Can you take hand ups from the pits?

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    I'd say go to the doctor and get an inhaler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nacler22 View Post
    Gum is a bad idea. It's likely to end up stuck in your airway.
    I have chewed gum in races since I started back in the late 80's and have never had a problem. I also chew it playing every other sport besides hockey, where I wear a mouth guard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 18hockey View Post
    I have chewed gum in races since I started back in the late 80's and have never had a problem. I also chew it playing every other sport besides hockey, where I wear a mouth guard.
    Not being snarky, but, how many cross races have you done?

    I've yet to do a race where my tongue wasn't hanging out like a black lab with mouth agape, and my fillings weren't rattled loose. (slight imbellishment) IMO, having any solid object your mouth whilst cross racing is asking for trouble. YMMV

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    Quote Originally Posted by nacler22 View Post
    Not being snarky, but, how many cross races have you done?

    I've yet to do a race where my tongue wasn't hanging out like a black lab with mouth agape, and my fillings weren't rattled loose. (slight imbellishment) IMO, having any solid object your mouth whilst cross racing is asking for trouble. YMMV
    Yesterday was my first race of my second season of cross. Every race done with gum in my mouth and no problems. Heck, I even crashed yesterday and it was not an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 18hockey View Post
    Yesterday was my first race of my second season of cross. Every race done with gum in my mouth and no problems. Heck, I even crashed yesterday and it was not an issue.
    Your a better man then me (I assume your not female) cause I'd have swallowed or choked on it before the end of the first lap. And yes, I can walk and chew gum at the same time.

    How did your race go; mine was "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly". I'll post when the results come out.

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    its never an issue until it is.

    If you really want water I'd suggest carrying a bottle, even a small GU flask with water in it could help. Hydrate before the race well.
    After that, HTFU?
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    Breathe through those other holes in your face!
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    Whenever it's not cold, I carry a small bottle (from a running fuel belt, about 5 oz) in my jersey pocket. For me, at least, it's enough to fix a painfully dry throat.

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    I don't think gum is a good idea either

    Put a bottle in your jersey pocket, that's what I do on dry days, only half full. Hydrating well the day before and leading up to the race also helps. One more bit of advice, don't drink on your training rides (at least for an hour anyway) to get used to it.
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