I'm pretty new to exercising in general, and I'm definitely new to cycling. I've been doing what I think are strenuous rides of about 5-7 miles (don't laugh). My lungs definitely get exhausted, but I'm not really that sore afterward.
What bothers me the most is a choking sensation while I'm riding (toward the end of the ride). It feels like there's mucus or something blocking my throat. But I have trouble swallowing or spitting too.
Am I maybe not drinking enough? I go through almost a whole bottle of water during these rides. Should I try a sports drink instead?
Any advice you guys have is much appreciated.