The thread about training cycles made me want ask this. When you are making your training plan, do you schedule a rest week every X weeks? Do you schedule specific workouts for specific days? How tightly do you stick to that schedule? (by rest week I mean the week that your rest period is in)
I'll give my answer:
I don't schedule rest weeks, except in the last month or two before an A race. I take them as needed. I tried scheduling them but too often I had a rest week when the weather was nice and things at work were slow, only to find the next week when I was supposed to be training again, it'd be raining and there'd be an emergency at work that sucked up my time. So the last few years I have not planned for any rest weeks in my annual plan and have taken them as needed and as weather and the rest of my life dictate.
For training I plan what I should do each week (base, endurance ride, which kind of intervals) but I don't plan which days to do them. I had a coach a couple year back and got a schedule that had specific rides on specific days. Not being able to do the assigned ride on the assigned day just added to my stress level. I quit after a month.