Which, for me, is now.
I don't race (mebbe try 1 next spring, I dunno), but in my on-going efforts to truly become a legend-in-my-own-mind, I ride pretty hard and try to improve most aspects of my cycling performance continually.
I was talking to some road racers who are all in "recovery mode" right now, and plan to remain so until January. It didn't occur to me to ask "why?" at the time (duh), so I'll ask here. To elaborate, they aren't completely slack, but they're mostly riding pretty easy, doing some Cyclocross racing, but apparently not really pushing it, or looking for gains. The focus is on maintenance, not improvement.
Anybody know what the thinking is, here? I can understand the mental need for a season of recovery, but is there also a physical benefit?
And in other news, Edmund Burke, dead of a heart attack at 53. He was cycling when it hit. :confused: