Let’s put together a list of things you can put in or on your body to enhance your riding experience, especially those that have been suggested in the podcast and forum. Additions would be appreciated.
I think that supplements and nutrition deserve their own list, however. Or at least their own category.
Atrovent (Ipratropium bromide) nasal spray - Prevention of exercise-induced rhinitis
Flonase (fluticasone) nasal spray - Prevention of exercise-induced rhinitis
Ventolin (Salbutamol) inhalers - Treatment of exercise-induced asthma
Singulair (mentelukast) Daily pill used to control asthma / allergies / exercise induced asthma
Afrin (oxymetazoline, nasal) Fast-acting but habit-forming nasal spray that quickly opens up stuffy nostrils
Phenylephrine nasal spray Similar to Afrin but doesn’t last as long
Hibiclens (Chlorhexidine solution) - An powerful antiseptic useful for preventing saddle sores
Olbas oil (a mixture of various aromatic oils) - Used to open up the nasal passages before hard efforts
Chamois cream (a lubricating and sometimes cooling and/or antimicrobial salve) - Reduce friction to prevent saddle sores
Embrocation (an irritating skin lotion) - Gives a sensation of warmth when racing in cold conditions
Devices and materials:
Nasal dilators (BreatheRite strips, nasal turbines, etc.) - Shown to reduce RPE by mechanically opening up the nasal passages
Transparent film dressings (Tegaderm, etc.) - Used to treat road rash without scabbing, therefore reducing scarring