A little help please --
I am training for my first century and have been upping the miles every week and having great fun in the process. I managed a 70 mile ride this weekend but about 65 into it I started feeling uncomfortable when taking deep breaths - sort of like when you swallowed pool water as a kid (remember that short breath feeling). I had no coughing or anything, just a feeling like I really could not do much other than short breaths without feeling a little constricted.
Although I don't have allergies that I know about I wonder if I am being affected by particulates in the air - the wind was blowing hard right at us, we were doing rolling hills with very fast downhills, and the tree pollen was extremely high for the day. Has anyone had this experience? One other in my group had the same feeling but not as much as I did. I have never had a exercise-induced asthma issue and this came on very late in the day so I am doubtful of that notion. I will call a doc to check it out but wondered if any fellow cyclists have confronted this in the past.