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  • intake from the mouth, exhale via nose (good when you are too hot and need to cool down)

    4 20.00%
  • intake from the nose, exhale via the mouth (good in cold weathers)

    6 30.00%
  • inhale & exhale via nose

    3 15.00%
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    Breathing Meanwhile Biking

    Which method do you use?
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    What do you find more effective?

    So, depending on air temperature i either go like the swimming (intake from the mouth, exhale via nose) type breathing rhythm or go jogged style breathing (intake from the nose, exhale via the mouth), and switch to normal breathing when going down hill on a looooong stretch of road. (inhale & exhale via nose)

    but i recall some breathing method are better than others, however i kinda forgot which one was more adequate for biking, specially when you are hammering it hard to maintain 60 Km/h biggrin.gif

    i find it i can only maintain that speed on a flat for about 500m to barely 1 km, after that i'm all out of air, because i'm not breathing properly.

    So i'm trying to figure out which is the best method to maintain a good air flow to maintain fast speed for longer period of time.

    i searched the forum already, there has been several topics about breathing, but all the answers has been rather general, and basically it was like "try this" "try that" or simply re-echo what is common knowledge about inhaling and long exhaling, rhythm, etc.

    I do sort of practise that as well, i swim too, but on the bike, it doesn't seems to work, at least not for the type of speed i'd like to maintain

    Anyways, lets hear from your experience, i'm specially interested on feedbacks from others that usually likes to maintain high speed.


    *note: when i say exhaling in the polls it actually meant long exhales

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    Dude. Just breathe however is most comfortable for you.

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    exhale through mouth every 3rd crank rotation (so you end up exhaling Left foot down, right foot down, L, R, L, R and so on...)

    if you're going fast enough, you won't even have to work hard to inhale.
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    I read somewhere that you should inhale and exhale through your nose. I tried for a while on a couple of different rides. I felt like I was in a coffin that was already burried 6 feet under. With practice I hear that it get easier.
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    I both inhale and exhale through my mouth if I'm out of breath (or stuffed up), through my nose if I'm not. I don't make a fuss about. I just do what seems to come natural.

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    I actually don't think about my breathing ... usually. When I do start thinking about my breathing, it means I'm on the verge of an asthma attack and it's not a good thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdalefan View Post
    I read somewhere that you should inhale and exhale through your nose.
    <.< that's obvious.. it's call natural breathing....

    Quote Originally Posted by cdalefan View Post
    I tried for a while on a couple of different rides. I felt like I was in a coffin that was already burried 6 feet under.
    but yes that's usually how it feels like some times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apricissimus View Post
    I both inhale and exhale through my mouth if I'm out of breath (or stuffed up), through my nose if I'm not. I don't make a fuss about. I just do what seems to come natural.
    that's pretty much what it has comes down to for me at the moment, that's why i'm trying to get it right

    i know there are techniques out there, that some people practise, and some don't

    like AEO is a good example.
    I'll give that a shot, and see how it works out for me.

    for the most part i'm kind of using what i use during swimming, but often i find it is not enough, after a long while it still gets stuffed up, just like with normal breathing in/out via nose.

    but using normal breathing, it gets stuffed up sooner.

    Ironically, today, under heavy rain. i had no problem at all breathing, instead i was able to get full deep breaths, so i was able to sprint faster for long period of times.

    it was so much fun today.

    perhaps it's the pollution in the regular dry air, because today the air felt fresh and clean under the rain.

    either that or maybe i felt more at ease breathing with water (like swimming )

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    It depends on the ride. At times a rider is just in a groove, coasting along at a good clip but not necessarily hammering it. That's when a rider doesn't even notice the breathing pattern. I think that's a real good sign.

    Then there are times when a rider goes up and up and it gets even more steep and you turn the corner up the switchbacks. Then you start wondering how much more of this can I take. Somewhere during this phase, the breathing becomes a big deal.

    All of the sudden, you become a breathing expert and want the lungs to transfer that oxygen to the bloodstream and into the muscles quickly. Sorry, but the Tibetan monks aren't going to help you now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTALuigi View Post
    Ironically, today, under heavy rain. i had no problem at all breathing, instead i was able to get full deep breaths, so i was able to sprint faster for long period of times.

    it was so much fun today.

    perhaps it's the pollution in the regular dry air, because today the air felt fresh and clean under the rain.

    either that or maybe i felt more at ease breathing with water (like swimming )
    Do you live in a dry climate? Humidity is like lubrication for my lungs, possibly the same for you. If it gets under 50% humidity here, I feel like I'm going to have an asthma attack.

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    Concentrate on solving quadratic equations in your head. You will then find that your body is perfectly capable of taking care of your breathing needs without conscious intervention.

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    Mostly I just gasp like a fish out of water.

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    In with the good air,
    Out with the bad.

    In with the good air,
    Out with the bad.

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    Exhale as much as you can. Your body knows how to inhale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oakback View Post
    Do you live in a dry climate? Humidity is like lubrication for my lungs, possibly the same for you. If it gets under 50% humidity here, I feel like I'm going to have an asthma attack.
    I'm the opposite. Extreme high humidity makes me feel like my throat's constricting.

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    I'm supposed to breath? Why didn't anyone tell me this?!?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bidaci View Post
    Exhale as much as you can. Your body knows how to inhale.

    And interestingly enough, this is how I get through mild asthma attacks. I focus on exhaling as much as I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    And interestingly enough, this is how I get through mild asthma attacks. I focus on exhaling as much as I can.
    Like using an inspirometer.

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