It hadn't been too bad until now. But last night I did a social-paced 22.5 miler with friends from the local club : http://app.strava.com/activities/35470361 Temperatures were around 25-degrees F, and any moisture was frozen out of the atmosphere so the air was completely dry.
It was an easy ride, though I pushed it up to about 18.5mph for the final 4.5 mile stretch. No biggie, and I felt fine while riding.
After the ride, I damn-near coughed my lungs up I must have taken 15 hits from my inhaler - made no difference at all. I slept with a strong humidifier in the room last night, and today, the lungs are feeling much better but still not quite right.
I have adult-onset Cough Variant Asthma (CVA) which is aggravated by exercise (EIA) and cold/dry weather. The tragedy is that I'm beginning to question the wisdom of cycling through winter, and last night my wife (bless her) started hinting that if I'm planning to continue cycling, we may have to move to an area that has warmer winters.
I'm under the care of a pulmonologist - who doesn't know it yet but he'll be seeing me again next week.
So I'm not looking for medical advice - just sharing (okay, ranting, and feeling sorry for myself ) and I was wondering how many other 50+ers share this or similar problems, and how you deal with them.