I’m kind of in your boat, just a few weeks ahead. I took two weeks off already and then basically took a rest week after that. My CTL has dropped quite a bit, and I’m so happy it did.
I also had been working hard since January to knock out multiple 200 miles races over the summer. The moment I was done with the third race I was felt like a piece of charcoal.
It felt weird the first few days. i wanted to get back on the bike and ride, but I knew it was better to just put the bike away for a week. After I got the first week out of the way, I decided against riding for another few days because it just felt good to do other stuff.
I relaxed and then got some stuff I had been meaning to do around the house and gave my girlfriend some much needed extra attention.
I paid attention to my body over the 10 days I took off and I noticed that for about the first week I was still sleeping like I had been training hard. After my sleep was normal for someone who isn’t training, I knew that I had dug myself into a hole that required nothing less than a break.
For the rest of the year I might do a little cyclocross, although I’m just plain bad at that.
I’m going to find ways to cross train. I want to keep ‘training’ but I can’t keep the volume up.
My other goal is going to be to lose a little body fat.
Good luck. I think if you take a little time off you’ll get the clarity to figure out what to do.