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Old 04-22-05, 09:31 AM   #1
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Post race cough

Raced a time trial yesterday. It was pretty tough, with my heart rate redlined for much of it. Breath coming in huge whooping gasps up the hills. Immediately after the race, I had this dry hacking cough. Still have it today. Coincidence and I'm catching a cold? Or a typical response to extreme exertion?

If it's exertion related, what is the best course of action to reduce the symptoms and/or keeping it from happening again?
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From what you've describe, I reckon I experience something similar when I don't warm up properly.

I know it's sometimes difficult to have a good warm up prior to a time trial, and you obviosly can't use the first couple of miles to get your lungs and legs warm. If I did another time trial (which I plan to do one day), I would take a cheap exercise bike to warm up on.
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This happens to me too. I just started riding, and don't race, but when I go hard, I end up with the same cough. For example, on Sat I went out with two guys who where more advanced than I was, and I spent much of the ride pegged trying to keep up. Had a cough that lasted the rest of the day, but was gone yesterday. Yesterday I did another ride that was less demanding and didn't have a cough. I wouldn't worry about it unless it hangs on past a couple of days. Allergens can play a role here too.
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Isn't that the "cyclist cough". Usually comes when you go anarobic for a large amount of time, common with racing. I have had it twice... it is not fun.
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Take a hot shower, tilt your head up, put your hands over your mouth with your fingers a little bit apart, and breathe in as deep as you can. Some water droplets should get inhaled, but not much. I find that helps my coughs go away pretty quick after a tough ride.
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I had that a few days ago. I went out on a warm day and it was very windy, and the wind was in my face a lot. So i had to expend more effort. THe next day, i had a sore chest and a cough. I thought maybe i was getting sick, there have been a lot of colds lately. BUt I realized i'd had this before. It was also probably all the dust blowing around on my ride. I felt fine the day after that.
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I have a cough like that too. Checked with the Allergist and he says its delayed onset exercise induced asthma. Now, I use my inhaler before I ride but I'm noticing it if my heartrate stays high for awhile. Using my inhaler stops the coughing within a few minutes. Also, humidity and air pollution will trigger the cough.
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Raced a time trial yesterday. It was pretty tough, with my heart rate redlined for much of it. Breath coming in huge whooping gasps up the hills. Immediately after the race, I had this dry hacking cough. Still have it today. Coincidence and I'm catching a cold? Or a typical response to extreme exertion?

If it's exertion related, what is the best course of action to reduce the symptoms and/or keeping it from happening again?
It's pretty common to get a hacking cough when your going open mouth breathing like that. You will find that it will vary depending on things like the air temperature and relative humidity. The warmer, and more humid the air, the less likely it is to happen. Cold, dry air when breathed directly into the lungs will dry out the lining and cause the symptoms you describe.

I know how hard it is to keep the air coming when your really redlining your MHR but when you can, try to breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. Your nose helps to filter out the dust and more importantly, it pre-humidifies and warms the air as it enters your lungs.


I think someone already suggested a warm shower. Breathing in warm moist air after your ride will help relax the lungs and bring up any dust or allergens you inhaled. You might try the old bowl of hot water and towel over your head if it's really bothering you.
Good luck!
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