I don't do enough long distance riding to know what I'm supposed to be doing in terms of a recovery ride when I have ridden a long way. So yesterday I ride 65 miles, and two hours after the ride every part of me hurts, so I'm thinking I'll just stay off the bike today.
So this morning I get up, and it's like nothing ever happened. I'm not sore anywhere. Just a very slight tightness in my thigh muscles.
So with the perfect weather we're having, I figure why not go out and ride. Time was an issue so I could only ride for an hour or so, so I did just ten miles and rode a little slowly. I told myself this was a recovery ride and I shouldn't hammer and for the most part I kept my promise.
But had time not been a factor, I could easily have done two hours in the saddle, and at a faster clip. That sounds like it wouldn't have been a recovery ride, unless I misunderstand the concept. So I guess I'm wondering what are the general guidelines (if there are any) on recovery rides, and/or skipping a day altogether.
I felt fine after today's ride, and still do. Tomorrow is the weekend, and I'd like to do about 25 miles, unless you suggest that I'm pushing fate.
What's the consensus?