I recently started to increase my time per week and milage significantly. Have been riding since 2009 fairly consistent, yet rarely much more than 25-25 miles once or twice per week. This year, i signed up for a 545 mile ride over 7 days, and figured I needed to step it up.
Over the past two months, I have gradually increased from ~50 miles per week to now close to 200 miles per week (work schedule allowing) with most weeks hitting at least 100miles.
Question: How much should one plan to rest and be off the bike? There are days now that riding feels more like a chore than fun (which is ok) and i am a little sore most all the time (not too bad though). Is 1-2 days rest per week enough?