Velocitized, meaning being accustomed to high driving speeds and feeling like normal speeds are slower than they actually are afterwards, seems like such a useful word to apply in different situations.

I went mountain biking and going to work the next day was _____.

I've used culture shock to describe this in the past, but that's obviously not always an appropriate connotation. Is there a more general word for this?

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    mundane fits the blank in your sentence but is nowhere close to your "velocitized" word. Desenitized might be closer.
    – Jim
    Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 20:27
  • "Dude, it feels like I'm living in slow-mo".
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 20:28
  • ...like a Sunday drive.
    – ermanen
    Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 20:43
  • If it is a change from difficult to easier ...child's play is one option Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 20:52
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    Ah, you're describing the high cost of context-switching. You can say you're "lagged".
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 20:59

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Since you mention "shock", you might consider using the word jarring:

jarring: incongruous in a striking or shocking way; clashing
Oxford Dictionaries (US)

If you are wanting to impart the notion that you changed from doing something largely different from something else, you might want to consider contrasting or more obscurely contrastive.

If you are wanting to describe the feeling of doing something much less exciting than what you were doing before, you can consider humdrum.

  • I had thought up a metaphorical phrase to use: ... going to work the next day gave me mental whiplash. Thanks for accepting my answer.
    – jxh
    Commented Aug 26, 2014 at 23:22

Time, with all its celerity, moves slowly to him whose whole employment is to watch its flight. --Johnson.

"Celerity" means "speed" or "swiftness", but it's got that high-Latin feel so common in medical conditions and pathologies. As an adjective, it would be rendered "celeritous" (credit to @Anonym for that one).

If you want to underscore the "suffering under a condition" aspect of it, and you're ok with novel coinings, you might want to apply that good old suffix, "-itis" (yes, in a literal sense, it does mean "inflammation", but in a more abstract, metaphorical context, it's used to mean "sickness"):

celeritis: inflicted with unnaturally increased speed

  • Since the querent seems to be asking for an adjective, celeritous may be more fitting.
    – Anonym
    Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 21:01
  • @Anonym Good point, I'll include that suggestion.
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 21:02

Consider disorienting (or disorientating)

to cause (someone) to lose his bearings [Collins]

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