I was inspired to write this article when, about 10 months ago, I performed the rather natural motion of a single-handed-consecutive-double-nostril-snot-rocket, and received a compliment from my good friend Pat. After witnessing this act, he said “Whoa, Denner, that was amazing how fast and efficiently you did that.” I was of course honored and gave Pat some pointers for the next time he had some drippage.
As we approach the winter months, you will no doubt notice that while on your bike rides or runs during the colder temperatures, you will have to deal with the runny nose.
Because riding a bike takes considerably more coordination than running (for most people anyways), this “trick” may help you continue to build your aerobic base, while not putting yourself at danger for crash (although I can’t speak for anyone behind you). Without further adieu, here is how the act is performed.
First and foremost – make sure no one is behind you when you do this (unless they are your competition).
Take one hand (I prefer my left), and with your thumb and index finger, create a “chopstick” looking configuration:
Now, place your index on the opposite nostrol, and give a small tilt of the head towards your open nostril side. Pay close attention to not dropping your thumb into the trajectory path of the launching nostril.
Now, give a quick, yet forceful exhale. After the snot has left your nostril, immediately, give a quick movement/flick of the wrist, and cover your other open nostril with your thumb. Just as quickly, give another quick and forceful exhale.
If necessary, feel free to repeat. (If you notice, yes, that is a 140.6 sticker in the background, and this practice no doubt helped me get there). With practice, you should be able to execute this maneuver in under half a second.
Written by Ryan Denner