How important is it to take rest days? I typicaly ride 10 to 15 miles a day and one day a week I ride 25 or so (gonna do 50 Saturday). I usually try to ride pretty hard as I have fallen victim to the dreaded "average speed demon" on my cycloputer.
I sometimes feel like I need to rest and tell myself I'm going to take it easy, but it never seems to happen. Do you sometimes have to force yourself not to ride?