Can/should Delayed Onset Muscular Soreness (DOMS) be used as an indication that you're doing to much?
Here's the deal. I was reading an interview w/Tyler Hamilton somewhere, maybe the current issue of VeloNews, and he said something to the effect of 'my legs are sore now, and I have a workout today.' Which got me wondering. Whenever there's a discussion of overtraining, it's always about increased resting heart rate, being cranky, inability to reach desired HR during intervals, etc. No mention of muscular fatigue or soreness. From Tyler's comments, and other things I've read, heard, and experienced, some degree of DOMS is pretty much a fact of life for someone who someone who trains to be in top shape. So, how much is too much? Wincing when I see a set of stairs on Monday morning is pretty normal for me. But to let up enough for the soreness to completely go away, I'd be doing recovery rides 'til Thursday.
What are your thoughts or experience?