When I am actively training for a tour, I work myself hard by increasing the weight I carry and extending the miles I ride until I can do back-to-back 60 miles rides with a fully loaded touring bike over hilly terrain. When I don't have a tour up-coming, I take most of the weight off the bike and cut way back on the mileage.
Previously, I've been doing 35 miles rides about twice a week. However, they took the best part of 4 hours to complete and I was pretty tired when I got home. Then, I decided to take shorter rides more often and am now trying to do a 19 mile ride every two days.
I like riding only two hours (including a food break) and have plenty of energy when I get home. My concern is that the next time I start training for a tour, I will have a harder time building up my distance from the usual 19 miles that I ride.
I was wondering if any else has any experience with this.