Make it Happen Monday: One Big Breath
Right now in Austin we’re deep in the heart of cedar allergy season, and once again it’s wreaking havoc on my cycling lungs. They call it “cedar fever” and a lot of people over here get knocked down pretty hard with the punch it packs each year.
One of the things it does to me is compresses my lungs so that it’s hard for me to catch my breath…not a good thing when you’re out there cranking the pedals. Even when it’s not allergy season, I often find it necessary to take in a big deep breath several times a day. This is a pretty simple thing to do most of the year, but when allergy season comes knocking it can get pretty hard for me to take in a “big breath”.
You don’t really understand just how important breathing is when riding a bike until it becomes something difficult to do. My strength, stamina, and performance all suffer as a result of not being able to take in enough air. I find that if I can manage one big breath every 45 minutes on the bike, then I’m doing okay and can put together a great ride.
It’s almost a metaphor for life. When things are stressing you out and making the day to day a little rougher than you would like….one big breath can often perk you up and give you what you need to keep chugging along. Keep on Making it Happen and, as always, Enjoy Your Ride.
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