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Old 11-02-10, 05:54 PM   #1
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cold weather cyclocross + sore throat

Any advice for protecting the throat and lungs from the cold during the hard efforts of cyclocross? I was wondering if there's a spray or a lozenge people have used. I find that I'm hacking a lap or two in to a hot lap when the temps drop below 50 degrees F.
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Old 11-02-10, 06:17 PM   #2
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Fisherman's Friend are worth a try strong ..
they are behind the counter in the big grocery store pharmacy,
perhaps its because we have a lot of friendless fishermen ..
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Sounds like CX.
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Do you ever get hacking coughs due to the cold generally. I do and it turned out that I have this mild asthma like condition where cold sets off or at least primes me for an immune / inflammatory response.

If we're just talking practice, you could try a balaclava that covers your mouth a bit so that the air is warmer and moist when it hits your throat and lungs. Obviously, you'd have to get one that is open enough to get enough air during hard intervals.
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well, whatever you do, dont ever try cross-country skiing at -20 or -25C.........
50F is about 10C, not particularly cold, but if you really do have issues at temps like these (I have been riding in 2-3C this last week) then perhaps you do have a touch of asthma.
It is normal to get gunky when it is cold though, so its probably no different than any of us.
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