Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Cyclist's High?

  1. #1
    Senior Member enamore22's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Pawtucket, RI
    My Bikes
    2004 Specialized Allez Elite
    Posts
    86
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Cyclist's High?

    I had an unusual (to me) experience a few weeks back.

    My friend and I were charging away towards a small hill where where we usually hold an unspoken competition to the top. About 200 yards out, I asked my body how it felt and got no response. Which I took as a positive thing... since at that point it's usually saying "noooooooo".

    I eyed the approaching hill, took a few long, unusually calm breaths, and told myself "I'm gonna destroy him."

    And I did. We hit the hill and I took it like I never had before. My logs tell me I flew up it at a constant 27mph. Which is normally unsustainable for me on just the flats. And the incredible thing is that I felt no pain, I didn't get out of breath, and my heartrate barely increased. I felt nothing at all, except for an incredible euphoria. For those 30 seconds or so, I had a completely out of body experience. After this, I continued to ride better and easier than ever for the next 20 minutes or so.

    It was very surreal. As a newer athelete, I can only imagine it's what is normally called a runner's high. That feeling of euphoria caused by a rush of endorphins. I had never experienced it before. But now that I have, I want it back!

    Is this normal? If so, how often - if ever - does it happen to you?

  2. #2
    Castiron Perineum Bockman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Taking a tip from Siu Blue Wind, I too am typing a lengthy passage of text down here to demonstrate the enormous amount of space available should one wish to use it-- in sharp contrast to the avatar text above this part.
    My Bikes
    '06 Salsa Campeon, '84 Cannondale R1000, 80's Nishiki Ariel
    Posts
    1,195
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I would call that state 'Racer's Planet', not necessarily an endorphin high. Racer's Planet is what I call that state I'm in durng a race when everything seems to distill down to what is happening right in that very moment, and nothing is more important than winning.

  3. #3
    Tossed some weight Redrom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Northampton, MA
    My Bikes
    '96 Specialized Rockhopper, '70's Fixed Fuji, '02 Organic Engines Troika Tandem Trike
    Posts
    465
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Sounds like that fellow who won the Tour this year. Better not let anyone test your blood if it happens again...

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •