My experience = after riding constantly for a month or more straight my calves get huge (especially if I mix in a few runs) and shrink very noticibly if I take off a week or more, as well as the scale lowers (muscle loss). I'd probably ride at least 30min every other day even while sick lol. Of course in the evenings when its cooler or maybe get on a trainer if you have one. Ideally, I would only take a long break to recover from a really bad crash and/or surgery. Pray to your gods either never happens and you'll be fine.
Then again, my immune system is pretty stout (if I can even say that without sounding conceited). Then more again, I dont live in canuck-land.
Last edited by dralways; 06-05-14 at 04:34 AM.