How much can your legs handle, you old coots?
I've been riding for about a year and a half and I would like to see how much I can improve, especially with climbing, speed, and endurance (I think that just about covers it). Up to now I've riden three days a week, something like this: Saturday, 1-2 hours of MTB. Monday, barf-fest spin class. Wednesday, road ride, 10-25 miles, depending on mood, weather and time available.
The question is, how much do you guys push your legs? I'm 54, healthy, about 25 pounds overweight, and no great shakes as an athlete. I've set up a trainer in the basement for the winter. Is it reasonable to ride 5 or 6 days a week? Or do my legs ned at least a couple of days to recover? When I ride, my heart rate is typically 80ish %, except when I trail ride, where I peg out almost immediately.