Towards the end of the season I've taken more days off, but gone harder on my days on. Some very rough and unaccredited research leads me to believe that a "rest" day on the bike is going out and spinning the legs "easy" for an hour or so. There are no actual days off, as in sitting on the couch, just easy days where you don't decide to kill it. I think I knew about this in concept, but just was never able to implement. So what have been my findings? I feel like my legs are stiffer, I'm not recovering as quickly, and I'm not as loose as I felt I have been in the past. Funny though, I do feel great on the Sunday ride when I've ridden Thursday, Friday, and Saturday....what does that tell you?
So what does that mean? I think this past Sunday's performance may have been hindered by not riding the bike between Wednesday through Saturday (travel and stuff kept me off the bike)...a little bummed by this realization as it just means more time on the saddle...which is fun, but is tough when balancing everything else in life.