I was off the bike between the end of November and the beginning of March due to a non-cycling related back situation ( I have a messed up screw in my spine). Since I started back in March, I've been fighting something pretty weird.
First off, I KNOW that I'm not taking as many rest days as I should. I've always tried to take one every fourth day or so but, since I've been back up, I've been taking one every 7-14 days. I'm not killing myself on the bike but I have been averaging between 150-200 miles/ week. Most recently, I rode 9 straight days and put in 51 miles Monday morning before taking Tuesday off. I got on the bike this morning and it was all I could do to pedal. I fought out 25 EASY (intensity wise) miles and was just dead at the end of the ride.
So, that's my problem. It seems that I feel worse after a rest day than I do if I just keep riding but lessen distance/intensity for a day or two when I start to feel tired. If I take a day completely off the bike, I feel like hell for the first day or two after. This situation is new to me. Anybody else deal with anything like this?
Thoughts are welcome. Thanks.