After years of not being on a bike I finally bought one and plan on commuting to work as often as the weather allows with a long ride on the weekends (or maybe every other). I lift weights 5 times a week and I've been doing cardio 6 times, but I'll be replacing my usual cardio with the bike. A few weeks ago I went on my first ride that was more than just around the neighborhood, about 8 miles. The night before was leg night at the gym. I was very sore and riding 8 miles was a pretty big struggle. The next week I skipped leg day and breezed through 20 miles.
I don't know what to do about my weight training to make sure I'm still able to ride the bike. My gut reaction is to just skip leg day during cycling season (April-October probably). I'm a strong believer that effective weight training means lifting till failure, whatever weight you're lifting, and that means being sore the next day. Anything less and you're just burning calories, which isn't a bad thing obviously, but there are a lot of ways to burn calories. My preferred schedule has leg night falling on Fridays which would make a long ride on the weekends very difficult.
So.. what do people recommend? I'm hesitant to just stop my leg weight training, but also don't know how I can do it effectively and still be fresh to ride the bike.