It’s been so long since I did any serious training that I didn’t recognize it at first. For the last few days I wanted to ride, but my legs were still slightly sore and I was tired. I credited that to a slight schedule change, which has me getting up an hour earlier to carpool to work two days a week. But still, after what I thought was a good night’s sleep, I found myself sitting in a chair debating with myself if I really should get out for a ride last night.
Then it hit me. They were all classic symptoms of overtraining; and I had pushed my last two rides at a faster pace than I probably should have. Had I been in shape, then I would have recovered better, but I’ve been too much the weekend warrior.
The solution is a night or two off, catch up on my sleep, and slow down the pace.