Ok, looking for advice from those who have been there or at least a shoulder to cry on. I had my first ever race today (crit) and after the first lap had a major asthma attack which immediately put me off the back and all by my lonesome for the rest of the race as I didn't have enough wind to catch anyone- even the 6 or 7 others that eventually fell off the pack. I did manage to finish (after getting lapped) as I did not want to drop out and look like a quitter and I could muster just enough air to get me over the line, albeit slowly.
The problem, it was 48-49 degrees. I hit the Albuterol 1/2 hour before the start and did a good warm up (see avatar), heart rate was 80% as I arrived on the line. Was embarrassing, I finished 27 out of 27 in my Cat 4 race. I've tightened up in the cold before, but this was bad- it was 12 hours ago and I'm still tight. People on the sidelines could hear me wheezing. Do I need to bag all race attempts under 65 degrees? I'm much better in warmer temps. Thanks for any helpful suggestions in advance.