I semi-recently moved to a new town (about 18 months ago) and spent the first 9+ months riding pretty much exclusively indoors. I was also recovering from surgery for part of that, so it helped me slowly transition back into training and riding.
Because I spend so much time indoors, though, I’m starting to get slightly bored with indoor training. I still love it, but I want to shift some of my focus outside as to not totally burn myself out before winter when I’ll end up inside for weeks at a time.
I don’t race, but I still push myself to train like I do. I just finished up the end of a training plan (which actually didn’t conclude as I would’ve like thanks to illness) and I’m unsure of how to proceed with a new plan, especially since I want to start spending more time outside. I can do some indoor rides outside thanks to the new outside ride feature, but that really only works if I’m alone since not everyone on a group ride will want to ride at whatever pace my workout has for the day.
With that in mind, I’m interested in hearing how other non-racers handle both indoor/outdoor workouts during training plans. Do you do a low-volume plan and work around your outdoor rides? A mid-volume plan and skip rides where they don’t make sense? I’m not really looking to make any gains during the warm months—I really just want to have fun riding, which is something I don’t focus on enough. But I also don’t want to lose anything that I’ve worked to gain over the last several months.