I stacked up lots of climbing and saddle time during the second week of October. I would have been smart to back off a little during that next week and let my body recover.
But that's not what I did. Instead, I kept on rocking until it was clear that my riding had completely outstripped my recovery.
So. Lesson learned. Again.
I finally wised up on Wednesday, and did a stack of repeats instead of climbing Rock Store like I planned. Thursday I rested, and today I rode the 40-minute loop up around Mt. McCoy, and felt great.
I've been looking back over my training log, and the magic number seems to be about 6,500 ft. of climbing in a week. I can do that with no problem, but then I need to back off. 5,500 is sustainable as long as I keep the total volume under 4 hrs.
So that's the new normal: 4 hrs, 5,000 ft. That works out to about 1,250 ft. per hour.