Question for the Asthma suffers
In my youth, back home in Sweden, I used to do a lot of long distance running and triathlons.Since then things have changed. I’m still fairly fit but more occupied with work and family. I work in fairly cold environment and as I have possibly developed asthma (shortness of breath, pain in my lungs) this is becoming increasingly difficult. I’m not in the position to ‘just quit’ as my doctor suggested and getting another job is also very difficult. So I have to find ways of dealing with it. I have seen 6 doctors so far about it and none of them really wants to know about it. I was given a couple of puffers but so far (7 months) I don’t think any of them is really helping. I remember in my youth I have trained with a lot of guys that suffered from asthma. They were able ‘to go the distance’ in rather cool Swedish spring weather. Since I was young and stupid at the time I didn’t pay attention to their ways of dealing with it. Now I need to examine the subject closer. I want to know from any asthma sufferers among you, especially those training in cold and dry parts of the world, how do you get through 10, 11 or 12 hours of training? I’m thinking of applying the same concepts to my daily life. I imagine there must be ways of keeping the nostrils open instead of constricting in the cold air, of dealing with the pain in the lungs.