“It’s pretty overwhelming. I don’t know if it’s going to sink until I get home,” she said after the race.
“I came here with a really solid plan of what I wanted to do and delivered it, so it blows your mind a bit.
“I’ve already talked about beating your personal best – in my case a world record – a little margin at a time. And I just lost 4.3 seconds.”
Storey was just 14 when she made her Paralympic debut as a swimmer in Barcelona in 1992.
She went on to win five gold medals in four Games before switching to cycling in 2005 and has dominated the velodrome ever since.
‘It took me by surprise’
The 43-year-old can now boast a total of 26 Paralympic medals and only needs one more gold to equal British swimmer Mike Kenny’s national record of 16.
Storey said she is now focusing on preparing for the road competitions in Tokyo, in which she has two medal chances.
“I’ve done so much training, and everyone reminds me of how much work I’ve done and how much I deserve to be this fast, but you don’t like to assume,” she added.
“So it took me by surprise, but a good surprise.
“I think about one race at a time and maybe I’ll think about these things after. But it sounds pretty surreal.”
Storey’s gold medal was Britain’s first at this year’s Paralympic Games, which take place without spectators amid the pandemic.
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