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Thread: Breathing rate.

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    JitterBuggin on da Pedals jitteringjr's Avatar
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    When you are cycling how many breaths do you take a minute? I take about 30. Because of swimming where one can only breath so often, I found this seemed to work best for me while also running and on the bike. Is this a good rate? What rates do other people have?
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    depends ion if I have gone anaerobic or not. I crack myself up He he
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    Quote Originally Posted by velocity
    depends ion if I have gone anaerobic or not. I crack myself up He he
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    Exactly
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    Under normal loading I think I'm around 40. Less if I'm cruising without trying very hard.

    I always seem to get winded way before my legs tire. What does that mean?

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    It means you are in too small of a gear; really. You have to push that anaerobic pathway a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by velocity
    depends ion if I have gone anaerobic or not. I crack myself up He he
    Velocity
    After reading this and some of the other posts in this thread, I went back out today and tested my breathing. First, I counted my breaths in a 30 second period at an aerobic heart rate of about 140bpm and counted 15 - so 30 per minute. I did this 3 times and came up the same.

    Then I tried anaerobic approach. I did a 5 min time trial where my heart rate bounced between 180 and 183 for the last few minutes. (My max this year has been 188 BTW) I counted my breaths and it was 18 and 19 on 2 different counts. So anaerobic was 36-38 per minute. So that is not that big a difference to me. My lungs felt fine the entire time, but my legs felt like I was driving railroad spikes through them. My average cadence was about 115 for that time FYI.

    Because of my distance running background and also from some swimming, I learned to control my breathing, but is this the best thing for me? Would the burning pain in my legs subside more if I breathed faster?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jitteringjr
    After reading this and some of the other posts in this thread, I went back out today and tested my breathing. First, I counted my breaths in a 30 second period at an aerobic heart rate of about 140bpm and counted 15 - so 30 per minute. I did this 3 times and came up the same.

    Then I tried anaerobic approach. I did a 5 min time trial where my heart rate bounced between 180 and 183 for the last few minutes. (My max this year has been 188 BTW) I counted my breaths and it was 18 and 19 on 2 different counts. So anaerobic was 36-38 per minute. So that is not that big a difference to me. My lungs felt fine the entire time, but my legs felt like I was driving railroad spikes through them. My average cadence was about 115 for that time FYI.

    Because of my distance running background and also from some swimming, I learned to control my breathing, but is this the best thing for me? Would the burning pain in my legs subside more if I breathed faster?

    The thing with Anaerobic work is it lasts not very long -seconds really. It feels like you have just come up for air after being underwater for too long. Anaerobic by definition is "without air" or going breathless. And untill you have acheived that feeling you have not gone anaerobic. I believe that your localized muscular fatigue is one in which you need to train for respiration at the muscular cellur level. I believe that you have acheived LT but not anaerobic. Don't get hooked on a HR number, it does not represent well a linear intensity -infact at the point of deflection it really doesn't matter what the number is. For you to improve your cardiorespiratory fitness you must over load your ability in frequency, Intensity or time (FIT) and train that LT area higher to you anaerobic threshold (although they'll never go hand in hand). Some vetrans of training and world class athletes will have a anaerobic threshold that is literally 3 beats from their tested max heart rate-now how is that for a deflection point?
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    Quote Originally Posted by velocity
    The thing with Anaerobic work is it lasts not very long -seconds really. It feels like you have just come up for air after being underwater for too long. Anaerobic by definition is "without air" or going breathless. And untill you have acheived that feeling you have not gone anaerobic. I believe that your localized muscular fatigue is one in which you need to train for respiration at the muscular cellur level. I believe that you have acheived LT but not anaerobic. Don't get hooked on a HR number, it does not represent well a linear intensity -infact at the point of deflection it really doesn't matter what the number is. For you to improve your cardiorespiratory fitness you must over load your ability in frequency, Intensity or time (FIT) and train that LT area higher to you anaerobic threshold (although they'll never go hand in hand). Some vetrans of training and world class athletes will have a anaerobic threshold that is literally 3 beats from their tested max heart rate-now how is that for a deflection point?
    Velocity

    Thanks, that helps. I guess that means my LT heartrate is higher than I had thought.
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