Superhero for a day.

I was a superhero for a day.

I used to think every time that I put on my skinsuit I was a superhero.  Actually, I still think that, I just don’t intend on wearing that outfit anytime soon…  Maybe it is the way the you have suck in, take a deep breath, and zip up the lycra costume.  Maybe it is because it compliments the domed aerohelmet so well.  Maybe it was because I was about to defy wind resistance and go really fast.  Maybe it was because I just thought it was slimming.  For whatever reason, my skinsuit was always my superhero costume, and I try only to wear it when it really counted.  The race of truth.

It has been a long time since I felt like superhero.  It turns out even superheroes can get broken.

Regardless, I returned from track camp, from the left turns, and from SoCal and I was beat.  My legs were sore.  I was building muscle and power, and paying the price.  I was tired.  Finally after what felt like an eternity of rest, I was able to do some high cadence work and intervals.  I was so ready to kick the training back into gear, and I felt recovered and confident.  I could feel the tingling of the super powers returning.  I started my intervals, and there it hit me.

I was a superhero.

Maybe I didn’t have my costume on, maybe I wasn’t going that fast, but I had my own theme music in my head and I had quick legs.  I took a sigh of relief, relishing in the return of the powers.  I put a gold star down for the effort, and floated throughout the rest of the day.  It was all blue skies and rainbows.

Insert dramatic music here.

I then went to do my group ride the next day.  Ouch.  I remembered the catch.  If you feel like a superhero for one day, the next day you might feel the consequences of that.  Oops.  Is it worth it?  Absolutely.  Everyone deserves to fly for a day, just know that those times are fleeting and are meant to be enjoyed.  We all like being superheroes.  We might has well capitalize on those opportunities when they come.

I have a feeling next year I will be a superhero many more times, and will even be sporting the costume.  But for these days of building and training, I will take what I can get.  One day at a time.  I will keep the superhero costume in the drawer, just in case.  You never know when you will need it.

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