I agree with @David.McQuillen.KoS – there is a ton of value in following your intuition, especially during off-season, especially if your intuition is leading you to more balance, a nourishing or satisfying experience or practice, and cultivates a sense of restoration and rejuvenation.
Neal Henderson and Mac Cassin also talk about the value of rest in The Knowledge Podcast: The Value of Not Training
I typically take about 2 to 4 weeks off of training where I use that time to actually rest, where my entire focus is resting and taking it easy. After a solid period of rest and a good break, I begin to notice that my body feels completely reset and recovered and that my mind is fresh and I feel a strong sense of motivation to get back into training.
After complete off, I then do a 1 to 2 week transition period, during this time the Transition Training Plan would be a great tool to prepare one for a quality training plan. I also really enjoy hiking during the transition period.
Once the transition period is complete, and I feel ready to begin quality training again, I start off with testing. After testing is complete, I use the data to inform my training protocol. Then it is time to execute smart training, prepare to race, rinse and repeat.
Hope that helps!