So, 3.5 weeks ago was my last big real ride -- 55 miles and 6000 vertical feet. I was fairly tired for 2-3 days after that, and have been so busy I've only ridden about 6 times, 5-20 miles each ride. And I increased my fast food intake (99c Big Mac special at a new McD, FTW!). And I started drinking -- 1.5 cases of beer this month. Felt like I was getting to be a fat bastard. Yesterday I did my usual climbing routine and pushed harder and faster and longer than I've ever done, my legs felt fully rested, and today I'm 1/2 lb lighter than a month ago. WTF.
I do think I needed a break though. I've done so much riding this summer I was getting to be constantly a bit tired and my legs always somewhat sore. Is this like the Jan Ulrich recovery routine??