I am sure this topic has been covered before, but I have no idea how to search for it in the archives.
So, I see all these posts along the lines of "You need to have at least one rest day, active or otherwise each week!", but even riding three days consecutively beats me down so bad that the idea of going a week without a rest day seems impossible to me.
I have been riding pretty regularly since last May, excluding winter, and have racked up probably 3k-4k miles in that time. But, in spite of the fact that I feel I have improved a good deal in that time, I still find riding consecutive days really hard. After riding three consecutive days last week, I was dead and ended up sleeping 10-11 hours that night. I normally need no more than 7 hours a night, so that was a rather extreme increase for me.
Should I just keep trying it, and let my body adapt to it, or is there some type of training I should be focusing on?
I guess I should mention that usually riding for me means two rides per day of 13-20 miles each.