I apologize if this has been asked before, but I didn't find anything on a search.
I'm in my mid-forties, and enjoy riding my bike. Lots. But I've overtrained before, and don't want to do it again. What I used to do is just ride as hard as I could every day, for days on end. This was bad, and I realize it now.
People would tell me to "read" my body's signals, but the thing is, I couldn't. Well, not exactly. But I'm trying to do that now. So I'd like to get a few things straight:
1. If my muscles feel sore after physical exertion, does that mean they're in the process of repairing themselves?
2. On the basis of 1, if I rest a day or so until my muscles don't feel sore anymore, does that mean they've repaired themselves?
3. On the basis of 2, will this rest between rides leading to muscle repair mean that my muscles will get stronger?
4. On the basis of 3, is resting a day between rides and getting stronger muscles a good way of building up fitness to the point where I might not always have to wait a day between rides all of the time?