This summer I took some pretty wild bike trips approaching 60 miles each and a relatively intense pace. On top of that I've been putting a lot of intense miles in on a day-to-day basis. I was in pretty amazing shape in May, June and through about the middle of July and then something went wrong. I realized that I couldn't go as hard and as far as I had the previous month. I felt like I hit a wall. Then I researched over-training and I think I have some of the symptoms:
Reduced endurance, increased resting heart-rate, some joint discomfort, fatigue, etc.
I suspect my tendency to skip meals and my fluctuating sleep patterns had something to do with it. I haven't seen a doctor because I'm on a very strict budget and I don't think this sort of thing even warrants a doctor's visit unless there is some underlying illness, but I'm pretty sure I over-trained. My question to you is how long should I rest before I start putting in my regular mileage again? Have you ever been faced with this situation? How did you overcome it?