A few months ago I decided I was about ready to increase my weekly mileage a bit and so I started trying to ride 5 days a week rather than 3 or sometimes 4. Didn’t work because by the third day my legs were shot. So I went back to every other day. However my best day was almost always Monday after taking off Saturday and Sunday.
Talked to one of our club racers and he said I should have enough miles to ride more than every other day so he asked if I wanted to join him early evening for a ride. I told him I didn’t think I could because we did 50 miles Friday and the last 10 miles were pretty hard. But the time I got home my legs were sore. He just smiled and told me to show up about 5pm. He told me he was going to teach me how to do a recovery ride. So off we went and took of to a road I had been on many times. He set a pace between 15 and 16 MPH into a head wind. He pulled for a while and then let me take my turn. As long as I stayed under 16.5 MPH he would let me pull but if I hit 17 he would pull in front and slow me down to about 15. When I got home my legs felt better than they had all day today. Didn’t make sense to me but somehow it worked. But I do like a tail wind a lot more than a head wind. I did have some Pie for Pi day.