Brent, I casually cycled for many years but didn’t get serious about training until the Fall of 2017 when I was 65 and started TR and indoor training over the winter. In 2018, I did my first full century and ended up doing three centuries in three weeks in June of 2018 (and in the intense summer heat at that). Last July, I was at mile 97 of a century and a car turned in front of me, causing a crash, my helmet broke through windshield, and broke ribs. I couldn’t ride for over a month and my conditioning took a big hit, that I’m still recovering from (current FTP 210). Listening to Chad and the TR podcast, I’m following their advice that recovery is as important as the hard workouts. I think that’s even more important over 60. I’m currently doing Sweet Spot Base 1, low volume, indoor on a Kickr (with the Inside Ride e-Flex motion system, http://www.insideride.com/buy/kickr-e-flex, which I love and makes indoor riding much better). The training load is not too difficult, so I’m deciding whether to move up to mid-volume or just supplement with outside road and mountain bike rides. Like you, I find getting to the gym for weight training difficult, although I know it’s important. I haven’t tried yoga in years and would like to incorporate it if I can find the time.
I have tried the outside ride feature of TR in the summer/fall and enjoy it. The training is not as precise as indoors, as you have to pause the TR ride (but your overall ride keeps recording, - quite clever how that works) at times due to stop signs, etc. but it’s so nice to have a coach directing you on an outside ride. And I don’t think it would work well on group rides due to the varied watts required. I think there’s likely a 10-20% fall off in absolute effectiveness, but the tradeoff is worth it for the scenery, IMHO.
What’s appealing and intriguing to me is that cycling is a sport where we over 60 cyclists can continue to challenge themselves to improve in a sport as we head toward “retirement” from our occupations. (I’m still working full time as an attorney.) There are signs of aging that I’m experiencing from the subtle to the major (e.g., treatment for prostate cancer three years ago), but what a wonderful thing that we can still work on “mastering” our cycling skills. In addition to the many obvious health benefits, there is a invaluable psychological benefit. For me TR provides the structure of a virtual coach at a reasonable cost that I find more enjoyable than the “gamification” of Zwift. It would be nice if they could add some scenery, although some riders do that using Youtube or Rouvy, which I may try. For now, I’m watching Better Call Saul episodes while doing my TR workouts.