winter + exercise + breathing: what's normal?
January 24, 2011 9:07 PM Subscribe
Winter vs. being out of shape vs. exercise-induced asthma - what feels like what?
posted by Maarika to Health & Fitness (17 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I started skate skiing (cross country skiing) this winter, and it is awesome. However, as my technique improves and my stamina does not, I'm wondering if exercise-induced asthma could be a reason. For those of you who have experience exercising outdoors in winter, how did you know what was just general winter exercise issues? Winter issues + being out of shape? Or asthma? In sum, how do you tell what's normal for winter, and what's not?
Background: I've got my annual physical coming up next month, but there are several weeks of good weather/snow before then. I find myself stopping to catch my breath a lot more than anyone else on the ski trails, but I never had this problem last year when I did classic skiing (probably because my $20 Craigslist skis and I were the slowest things on the trails). Tonight I skied further than ever before (yay for learning the V2 stride!), and my lungs still ache a couple hours later. It was 25 degrees out tonight, pretty optimal for skiing.