High Intensity? To an Asthmatic – that’s like asking an elephant to fly.-Shane
Rarely do I talk about my asthma. Most of my closest friends know; you know, in case I pass out, but the majority of folks in my life don’t know. Why? Because I don’t let it stop me from doing anything. Nothing makes me more angry than hearing an asthmatic say; “I can’t do that because I have asthma.” That’s a load of bullsh*t. I run. I swim. I bike. I hike. I camp. I’m going to run an ultra AT ALTITUDE.
I’m really lucky. My asthma doc and I have an agreement; she gives me enough leash for me to hang myself. She knows that I am active. There has only been twice where she has said, absolutely not; diving and deploying to the Middle East. Otherwise, we talk about my activities and we lay out a plan. Granted, sometimes I go a wee bit too far, but that is rare. I take my medicine, I see my doc, I know my triggers. Overall, I would consider myself a good patient.
Recently, however, with my addition of CrossFit into my workout regime I’ve discovered a new little twist to my asthma; explosive movements. Specifically, for me, box jumps and burpees. At first I thought that the reason that my lungs felt like they were filling with needles and burned was because I was doing something new. Yesterday, however, after I had a full blown asthma attack I realized what was really going on. I have been approaching the red line of an asthma attack.
Lucky for me, my Dad is a PA and I have an appointment next week with my asthma doc. While I’m waiting to see her I asked him what is going on. His response; “The greater the exercise the more a trigger is released, such as jumping ;running and jumping together, jumping rope, but not riding a Harley or climbing Longs Peak as it does not involve violent activity unless your riding a Harley and kicking ass or climbing Longs Peak and kicking your dad’s ass…”
What that translates to is that short burst (aka; explosive, high intensity, basically all things CrossFit) activities cause my lungs to freak out. When I run my lungs have time to adjust and
surrender accept the activity. What that also means is that I need to have a serious conversation with my Doc, but more importantly on the days where I know I’m going to have issues (burpees/box jumps/Tabata) I need to keep my coaches in the loop. Am I going to let this stop me? Oh hell no. Just means that I need to be more cognoscente and careful. Just call me Dumbo.