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    • #71835
      AvatarBognár-Barzsó László
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      Hello all,

      I’m a brand new crossfitter, having completed 6 of 7 of my intro/mechanics sessions.  After the conditioning part of my last 2 workouts, I was quite gassed and developed a mild cough.  Coach told me about “Fran lung”, 99% sure that’s what it is, and I’ve tried to research it but haven’t really found much of practical substance.
      Seems like it’s not uncommon, though, so I’d be interested to hear people’s experience with it, whether it takes more to trigger it as your conditioning improves, what the effects are like, how bad it is, anything you think is relevant.
      Thanks much!
      Ed
      PS.  My wife is an MD, though out of clinical practice.  She doesn’t think it’s good to train to that point.  I’m trying to track down one of her pulmonologist colleagues and I’ll post any further info I find.
    • #77071
      AvatarPatrick Thomas
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      Ed
      Great to hear you are starting your CrossFit Journey.

      Are you new to training or had a break in training?
      Were your workouts short in duration with a high intensity?
      This may be a new stressor on your body.

      Believe the medical term for it is Exercised Induced Interstitial Pulmonary Edema.
      How were your symptoms 30:00 following the workout?
      It can take 12-24 hours to resolve the symptoms.

      Something to be aware of.
      It is not something which should be happening on back to back days, or often.
      Yes, there are varying degrees of this, however, it is not normal to be occurring.

    • #77072
      AvatarBognár-Barzsó László
      Participant

      Thanks, Kaitlin.  The workouts that got me were a 5:00 amrap KBS/burpee and 4 rounds of run/wall ball (in 7:37).  More intense than I’m used to, and my training had been inconsistent going into the start of the CF program.   Symptoms were mostly the same for the rest of the day of workout: frequent feeling like I needed to clear my throat and infrequent cough.  The next day those were gone, but could still feel a remnant of it at the end of a big inhale.

      It felt good to push myself at that level even over those short times, especially since I’ve long been dealing with a locked SI which has held my training back (chiro helping there, and MWOD of course!)  I plan to dial back the intensity a bit, at least until I get several more workouts under my belt.
    • #77074
      AvatarPatrick Thomas
      Participant

      With a new type of training, higher intensity than in the past, and inconsistent training leading into there was several new things for your body to handle. You have a smaller buffer zone with inconsistent training leading into your intro. Good to hear the symptoms were gone the next day.

      The buffer zone will increase as you get into better shape and are consistently training.
      You will have more experience using all the different energy systems.

      Yes, in feels good to push yourself. Intensity was higher for where your current level is.
      Dialing back the intensity some as you start classes is a good idea.
      As get use to working out, working out on back to back to back days(if you’ll be doing this) and the type of training your buffer zone will increase. Talk with your coaches about increasing intensity levels.

      Getting quality sleep, healthy nutrition, hydration, and stress are factors which impact what you body is able to withstand. When one of these are not where it needs to be dialing back some for the day may be needed.
      Life happens to everyone. An awareness when something needs to be dialed back is key. Be proactive.

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