I took last week off, and I had plans. The notion was to 1) sleep, and 2) explore new trails around O.C. In the end, I explored just Santiago Oaks & Weir Canyon, but I had a great time doing it.
Monday was hot. The plan was to climb Coachwhip, then ride the Weir Canyon Loop. But the heat got to me, and I spent way too much time checking the map, and ended up cutting the ride short, skipping the Weir Canyon loop.
I got out on Wednesday and completed the Weir Canyon loop. Knowing the way really helped, and it ended up being a short ride, which was fine with me as temperatures were steadily headed past 85°
Thursday, the stars finally aligned, and I got to do the kind of ride I had wanted to do on Monday. Morning showers cleared away the dust and scared away the crowds, and afternoon clouds kept temperatures in the 70's. A solid two hours of riding, with about 2,500 ft. of climbing, nearly all on some of the best singletrack out there.
I stacked up 5,500 ft. of elvation gain this week, all on trail, and I feel great. (My usual limit is 5,000 ft. total with at least 2,000 ft. of that on roads.) I'm chalking up the solid recovery to making sure I get L-Glut and BCAAs immediately after the ride (like, while I'm still sweating and breathing hard), and a nightly dose of krill oil with dinner.
I've also tried out some of Katy Bowman's ideas about sitting on the floor instead of the couch. It feels good. I roll around on the floor for a while, and move to the couch if/when I hit a point where I'm not comfortable any more.