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Old 03-11-2007, 06:33 PM
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Nose Plugs for TT Warm-Up?

Noticed Levi and others with these at Paris-Nice and some other rider at the ToC. Is this related to some theory of oxygenation through mouth breathing or is there menthol in there opening up air passages? Fairly new development or been around for years and I never saw it?
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Old 03-11-2007, 06:45 PM
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it's very olde skool. embrocations on cotton to open up the lungs. tt's aren't so pleasant on the respiratory system. going hard = hacking.
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Old 03-11-2007, 06:46 PM
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been going on as long as i can remember. never seen anyone use menthol though
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Old 03-11-2007, 07:29 PM
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We sell it at my store.

good stuff......... 1/3 way down

Cyclist Uses Olbas Oil To Maximize Breathing and Optimize Performance
To maximize clear breathing is one key way to optimize athletic performance. Absorption of oxygen, through clear breathing, stimulates muscle activity and can even prevent muscle cramping. More fundamentally, breathing well means being able to respire well, a key to effective lung function. Being able to breathe efficiently is especially critical in the case of strenuous activities such as bike racing, which combines long periods of both aerobic and anaerobic activity. In an event where seconds count, breathing efficiently can make the difference between winning or losing; and feeling strong or feeling miserable. I use Olbas Oil to open up my nasal passages to permit more effective breathing. What I do is evenly distribute five to ten drops of Olbas Oil on a cotton ball, then pull it apart into two halves. I then gently place one half into each nostril until moments prior to activity. The cotton balls should be placed in the openings of the nostrils for ten to fifteen minutes. Cotton balls should be loose enough in the nostril to allow for breathing, yet secure enough that they remain in the nostril without support. (The cotton should not be packed so densely that it prevents inhalation or exhalation through the nose). Inside the nose, the doused cotton serves to distribute the oil vapors throughout the nasal cavity. Some cyclists prefer to place a couple of drops of the oil on the terry cloth of their cycling gloves and inhale it during the activity when appropriate.

- Mark Shimahara, Racing Cyclist

if you ever notice, during the spring classics, the riders are constantly wiping their noses with their gloves, but they usually drip olbas between thumb and forfinger and keep wiping during the stage..........the stuff is some vids you'll see.

they don't have runny noses.......................


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