hi all - last week i rode only once due to the rain here in eastern NC and then had my usual saturday club ride (42mi) and sunday morning ride (30mi). the club ride was pretty much flat with some small rollers and i felt extremely good (had 1st half avg of 18, which is extremely good for me). next morning, legs were slightly sore, but i did a ride around jordan lake which included a few good hills and i went up them like a mtn goat! i just really had 2 great days of riding! i think i had 2 good days because i took 4 days off prior to the club ride.
anyway, took monday off and then rode in the spin cycle firecracker 50k today. my legs are really sore now as this was a fairly hillly route. i've got a 4hr ride planned for saturday and then on july 16, a 100k with some really hard hills. so, my question is what can i do to alleviate the leg soreness so that i ride well again saturday and then again the following weekend?
my legs seem to be the limiting factor in my rides lately. after weekend riding of somewhere between 50-70mi, and then riding 3 more times during the week (50mi), the next weekend, the legs just aren't fresh and it just gets compounded with weekly riding. this coming saturday's ride will most likely be around 60-65miles in length then a 20-30 mile recovery ride on sunday.
should i do some light rides of mostly spinning for about 45-60 minutes tomorrow and the next day or take 2 days off and do easy spinning friday? i just want to figure out how to be able to feel good on the weekend rides. i'm doing around 100-120mi/wk, i'm F, 41, and have about 30# to lose, i've been riding since april. since july 1 i've got 105mi in 3 rides.
thanks - karen.