My A event this year was an unofficial festive 600 (ride 600km in 7 days). I started structured training in February with SSB LV. I then followed the short power build and century plan.
During the second half of the century plan, I started riding for more than 15 hours per week as I would add in more zone 2 to train for the festive 600. I felt powerful during the course of the festive 600 and I also added in some hard efforts to test my legs I successfully completed the event, and I planned to take a 7-day mid-season break.
Day 1 was terrible as I started having some sore throat. Day 2 was the same as day 1, but I started feeling better on day 3 with almost no sickness. I felt physical, and mentally fresh on day 4, and today (day 5). My motivation levels are higher than what it was at the start of the specialty (century) phase, and I am eager to get back on the bike. I have read this article https://www.trainerroad.com/blog/training-plan-guide/#drop4, as coach Chad recommends 1-3 weeks time off from structured training.
Is a mid-season break supposed to be 7 days completely off the bike? I have taken 5 days off and my motivation levels are higher than before, but I would like your opinions. I plan on doing some unstructured riding for the next 2 weeks before I start building a next peak for a fake event that I created through the plan builder.