I’ll share my example.
I tried doing 3 ‘A’ or whatever they could be considered races.
I did DK200 on June 1st. Following 3 days off and then 2 easy days. By the next saturday I tried doing hard efforts and backed down both to Z2 rides.
Then Coast2Coast (210m) in Michigan on June 22nd. I took 4 days off and than easy Z2 rides until the 4th of July when I had a longer group ride thing.
Finally I went to do the Crusher (225, but DNF’d at 170) in the UP of Michigan on July 20th. Then I was so cracked, mentally and kind of physically that I took 9 days off, did 1 z2 ride, then took another 4 days off.
So, I think looking back I needed more time off the bike after the first races and shouldn’t have done the third race.
I wonder if I took 1 day per 100 TSS if that would have been suitable.
DK took 18 hours so I don’t think I would have taken 18 days off after that. But I had a 700 TSS day and I bet that I could have used 7 days off the bike.
Coast2Coast was 500 TSS, I took 4 days off and recovered a lot better than DK.
By the Crusher I was in a phase of over-training. So I needed some serious time off, two weeks, than a TR rest week to recover from my season.
Since then I’m looking through my training peaks calendar and notice that I have set a number of PRs for the year or lifetime after the break.
It’s so hard to tell if you are having trouble in the moment. I know in the future I’ll have a plan for my breaks following big races and plan my year a little more conservatively.