I got my first road bike around 9 months ago (after never really riding a bike regularly before. I have always been in reasonably good shape but not particularly active) and did between 50-100km a week over spring and summer (UK). I then got myself a Kickr Core which I have been using for the last few months with varying degrees of consistency.
I’ve mostly been doing a mix of group rides and solo routes on Zwift during that time, but don’t feel ready to tackle the likes of the Alpe du Zwift yet. I did the 20 min FTP test fairly early on but Zwift has since increased it after a climb I did and I do feel as though I’ve improved a fair bit since my riding out on the roads in the summer but it is hard to tell with it being such a different experience on the trainer. I definitely feel as though I am riding at a better cadence etc now. My FTP is currently 201 and I weigh 78kg.
I’m keen to improve as much as possible before hitting the roads again in spring, and I want to tackle some longer rides than I did this year. I’m a couple of days into the Build Me Up plan on Zwift but have been considering switching to Trainer Road instead. My only doubt is whether it is necessary or whether I still have lots of beginner gains to get just by riding the routes on Zwift? I don’t plan on doing any races or events, I just want to get faster and cycle for longer. When looking at designing the training plan on the website, it does seem geared towards training for events or the more advanced rider.