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Old 03-24-2005, 06:40 PM   #1
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breathing problems

I am 48, have been quit smoking 3 + years. I bought a bike this weekend - thought it would be fun to ride again. I do know I have a touch of emphysema. In riding my bike I haven't ridden it very far but I tell you - I feel like I can barely breath when I get off of it. My heart seems to be pounding and just breathing hard. Does anybody know if this is something that will get easier in time? Or should I forget about the bike riding and just walk for exercise! I get so out of breath in no time at all.

 
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Old 03-24-2005, 06:58 PM   #2
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Re: breathing problems

If you have not exercised in a while, it may take a little time to get used to it again. Engaging in an activity you find enjoyable sure does help a lot. Take it easy starting out, it will get easier as your fitness level increases. I find flat paved walking trails easy for riding (where I have access to them)

 
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Old 03-24-2005, 11:05 PM   #3
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Re: breathing problems

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Originally Posted by lavender01
I am 48, have been quit smoking 3 + years. I bought a bike this weekend - thought it would be fun to ride again. I do know I have a touch of emphysema. In riding my bike I haven't ridden it very far but I tell you - I feel like I can barely breath when I get off of it. My heart seems to be pounding and just breathing hard. Does anybody know if this is something that will get easier in time? Or should I forget about the bike riding and just walk for exercise! I get so out of breath in no time at all.
Your problem is the initial feeling you get when you just start exercising. Your body has a point where you reach exhaustion. This is normal and if you ride everyday, you should find yourself going farther and farther to get to be exhausted as your lungs and endurance improve. You should be careful but realize this is normal for people without emphazema so I don't know if it would be that much more worse for you.

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Old 03-25-2005, 05:37 AM   #4
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Re: breathing problems

The BIGGEST mistake people make when starting to ride a bike is trying to push the pedals in a gear that is too hard. The object of riding a bike is NOT to give your legs a workout, it's to give your heart a workout. You should use a gear which will allow you to spin the pedals as quickly as possible while still making reasonable forward progress.

For most people with a mountain bike, the should mean that the chain is on the middle ring in the front (where the pedals are attached... your indicator should be on the number 2) and somewhere near the middle of the "cluster" in the back (where the wheel is attached... again, somewhere around "3" or "4" if you have seven speeds).
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