So, i've never properly trained before. I know most of you have actual schedules, but with all the random college crap i basically ride whenever i have a window and only for as long as i can fit it in there.
So i was wondering, is it alright to just simply do what i'm currently doing as base training.
Just 140-150 bpm riding (i'm really not sure what my threshold is, but this summer i found myself riding around 160 consistently... maybe 155). I go out and ride and once in awhile push a bit on some hills, i do have a little log of how much i ride and perceived effort.
I know that later for interval training i will need an actual schedule for each ride, but for now, is this alright? I've just heard too much inconclusive information, i mean, i just like to understand the theory behind base training. Most plausible i heard is the fact that you keep the effort consistent while riding base, and well you develop a baseline so to speak for your body. But then i hear all sorts of suggestions for effort levels during base.
And i guess a little side question, can i completely ignore the weight room? It's just a pain going to the gym all the time, maybe it will be easier when snow is out on the streets or something. I find that just grinding through on high gears on a trainer is sort of like weight training, but it actually focuses on the exact muscle groups that you'd use riding, anyone employ this technique versus weight training?
Sorry for a bunch of "noob" questions, just want some sort of confirmation that i'm not just wasting my time.