I am new to trying to formalize training. I tend to just go out and ride pretty hard almost every day I ride. I rarely take recovery rides, but am only on the bike 3-4 days a week at 30 or so miles at a time. I don’t have an indoor trainer yet and don’t want to ride indoors over the summer anyways. Will there still be a benefit to the training plans?
I am not trying to race per se, but just want to get faster. I do have a power meter and hear rate meter, but don’t have great FTP or VO2 max numbers given I haven’t done the tests indoors (other than on my Peloton which is an inflated FTP of nearly 300). Avg. power on 30-35 mile rides is around 200-220, normalized around 220-240ish. I’ve never attempted to re-create an FTP outside.
Any thoughts would be appreciated as I am sure I am in a majority of people who want to get faster, but not looking to race and don’t have days upon days to train.