All the asthma posts are a little old so I'm starting a new one. I have asthma but it's pretty much under control now that I don't smoke. Started cycling and I can work up a sweat and get a decent workout without an attack but if i cross into anaerobic work asthma kicks in. I had my first bad attack trying to complete a trail way too hard with an experienced group. I had forgotten how bad a real asthma attack can be.
Sometimes it's hard to tell if i'm having asthma problems or if i'm just working hard though. This is the first time in my life I've ever really worked out. I can tell a really hard asthma attack but sometimes out of breath just feels like out of breath.
today it kicked in again just road riding with a really fit guy. I enjoy just light riding but I'd like to push myself two or three times a week to build muscles and cardio. I keep an inhaler with me all the time but it's really only for emergencies. I'm wondering what meds are out these days that people have success with for extended asthma protection? I only want to use it on days I'll be riding hard. I used to use some steroid but it made me gain weight and i'm riding to loose weight. but when i was taking it i wasn't doing jack and i was using it daily. maybe a steriod would be ok if i only use it sometimes.
Also any advice on what to expect or tips in general as an asthmatic person training in cycling would be great.
P.S. I saw a doctor and he just told me not to do any hard riding. but he didn't check my ox levels or heart and i felt like he was kind of rushing me. After I left I thought, "So was he saying I can never work out if it involves heavy breathing? How can I ever make my lungs stronger?"