This happens to athletes of all stripes. A tennis player will perceive the ball as slower and larger than many of us will, a climber will perceive the cracks in rocks as larger than the rest of us and martial artists perceive the movements of their opponents as slower and holes in their opponent's defense as larger.
(Well... I was looking for one of her papers where she talks more about the above... but no dice right now. I'll try again later.)