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?
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.
Tossed some weight
Sounds like that fellow who won the Tour this year. Better not let anyone test your blood if it happens again...