My lungs have been developing much faster than my legs up to this point in my cycling experience, and because of this I find my legs giving out before my lungs are even feeling it.
Today I was on a group ride, and for the last 6 or 8 miles we were going what appeared to me to be somewhere around 27-28mph. My lungs were fine, but my legs felt like they were going to explode, even though I was sucking wheel. So I decided to do something I tried during a TT. I regulated my breathing so that for every complete revolution I made with the crank, I took one full breath. So, if my cadence was 90 I was taking 90 breaths a minute. It seemed to help, as the aching at least appeared to diminish somewhat. I know oxygen keeps Lactic Acid from building up, and I have a feeling that regulating my breathing is beneficial, as a steady flow of equal amounts of oxygen is being inhaled steadily. But if I'm not being forced to breathe that way (as in, my lungs are being exhausted so I have to breathe more than I normally would) is what I am experiencing really helping anything, or is it just a placebo affect?
Thanks in advance