I just started cycling 4 weeks ago. First two weeks I totalled 100-150 miles, then I had a 220 mile week and this week I will end up doing around 100 miles (which will probably be the average week, 200+ weeks will be far between).
I try to do one longer ride and two days of climbing hills. The other days I ride shorter medium length at 70% of MHR. So far I have had one recovery day where I don't ride at all each week, usually after one of the hill climbing days.
I can feel the long ride the day after, but not nearly as much as I can feel it after a good climb. I wouldn't say that I am without power the day after, but I do feel it in my legs before starting. As I warm up it gets better, but I do think I would be able to ride farther and faster if I had two days of recovery instead of one.
So the question is... Does it sound like I am pushing myself to hard, or will the feeling of having used your legs always be there the day after, to a certain extent?