I started using TR 4 years ago.
I ride for sheer enjoyment and to stay fit. I use TR all winter to BUILD fitness and LOSE weight. My off season is when I get stronger. I do 3-4 mounting bike trips a year and I strive to be in my best shape for the trips. I certified as a PMBIA mtb instructor and started an instruction company last year which is my new motivation to be fitter and stronger. As an instructor, you have to be solid on the bike all day. I’m still going hard at 49.
I got my partner into indoor structured training (she started in Tr and switched to Zwift), and this season 5 other friends too. It’s really cool to see my friends developing on the trainer and outdoors (we all Fatbike). I feel like I am the unofficial leader and need to be consistent and strong for them which motivates me to be consistent and encouraging to others. I set up a closed Facebook group and Strava club so we could share our progress and discuss technical or motivational challenges. I regularly write posits about what I’m doing to share my experiences. We’re all pretty good at encouragement.
Just for fun, I started tracking out collective distance to see how long it will take us to ride around North America. Each month I post the new total distance and post a map. Every km counts.
One cool thing that happened is that the 3 riders on Zwift joined a race team (Team Type 1) and started racing in Zwift every second Saturday. I have joined them now too. The race is interesting because it’s nothing like structured training and has strategy and is really hard. Quite fun actually.
Another interesting thing I noticed; our riders using Zwift for structured Training are WAY more motivated to do their weekly workouts than our TR riders. They are almost fanatical about it. The Zwift rides are all doing the Gravel Grind structured program and seeing good results. Over Christmas, my TR group has not stayed on their plans. Interesting…
Our group is local but has a few new people from other places.
The goal is to help each other grow. Not to compete with one another.
Hope this helps.