yes beginner - I know what yr saying and to some extent that is what I will do - I am not intending to follow some strict scientific training program... I do not have time or inclination.
Hwvr, it would be more beneficial to have some structure - i.e I can just ride lots on my MTB, but that will not give me the base endurance a 3 hour road ride can...
I have competed in professional sports so I know about training and diet e.t.c.. & it is not in my nature to simply go out & randomly ride as much as I can.
My question was more to see how racers put a winter program together, considering the fact that it get's dark early, is cold and often wet (guess depends a lot on where you live) & how much riding of what type do I need to do to improve fitness for racing over winter.