How POWERbreathe has helped me with Emphysema and my cycling
December 23, 2011
My name is Ben Hund and I was diagnosed with Alpha 1 induced emphysema and COPD, 3 years ago. What a nice wake up call! Fast forward to today and I ﬁnally feel like I have come to terms with this disease mentally and physically. A little background is in order.
I have always been extremely active and raced bicycles on and off for the past 6 years. Last year, I tried to race. By “trying to race”, I was able to hang with the pack for a lap, only to get dropped and to ﬁnish the race by myself. That wasn’t a lot of fun if you’re the least bit competitive! At the end of the season a friend who knew of my condition told me about POWERbreathe and I ﬁgured it couldn’t hurt to try it. I have been using it for the last three months. During this time I have done my winter training and the results have been amazing! Last year after a hard interval I couldn’t catch my breath. Now I am recovering and powering through the next interval. This was conﬁrmed with my last pulmonary check up. Compared to last year all my numbers have improved. I’m entraining less air and diffusing more oxygen into my bloodstream.
Needless to say you won’t catch me without it. Thank You POWERbreathe!