Go ahead and take 3-4 weeks 100 percent off if you like. Just do low-intensity activity as you want to for fun. One of the defining characteristics of the annual rest period is that you don’t give yourself stress about training. Invest the time in your marriage and your new spouse. That will pay off later when you want to go for long rides.

When you get back on after a month, you’ll find that your fitness is much lower than it was before the break, but if you take an intelligent approach to rebuilding base, you’ll be back where you were fitness wise in about six weeks, and then shoot past that level.

Take the first two months or so post-rest to ride base only (less than 80 percent of maximum heart rate, or at least 8 beats below LT, which is LOWER). Start with about 1/2 – 2/3 the volume you are doing before the break and add an hour per week until you are filling your available time. When you are filling available time for a month, it’s time to add tempo work a day or two per week (two days if you were riding 10+ hours per week).

If your recovery suffers even though you are gaining weight, you have to look at your training load and the way you have increased it.