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DAY 1

0 of 500km
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DAY 2

60 of 500km
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DAY 3

135 of 500km
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DAY 4

202 of 500km
Completely exhausted, tired, sensing parts of my body that I haven’t sensed in ages. Today’s rest day is obviously much needed. How one can feel so limp after some cycling is a mystery to me. An even bigger mystery is, what does my body want from me? And this … knee…
Jana also feels a bit tired and has slight muscle soreness, but compared to me, she seems to be in top shape.
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DAY 5

202 of 500km
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DAY 6

281 of 500km

Buddy, can we go out and ride tonight…?

No, unfortunately not, Lefty. My knee is complaining again and on top of that I pinched some nerve yesterday and my back is hurting. 

So: sofa so good. 

Jana rode a solid 40km on Zwift next to the sofa. Being a good husband, I supported her mentally and with refilled bidons.

I want to get out again… But I have to listen to my body.

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DAY 7

321 of 500km

It’s day 7 of the #festive500 challenge and as I write these words, I’m lying on the sofa with my leg resting up. Things with my knee have not changed, so that’s it for the challenge for me. However, as I am not alone, I have this wonderful woman by my side. She has reached 387/500km and has just dropped the idea of doing the remaining kilometers tomorrow on Zwift in two stages. I have nothing but admiration left for her. Yes, it’s not cold and windy inside, but with the monotony on the turbo, I would never do more than 2 hours of riding on it. 

I’m very curious to see if Jana will pull this off tomorrow. Let’s see, maybe we’ll share something with you folks. I strongly believe in her and if it doesn’t work out, she will still have ridden as many kilometers in that 8 day period as never before.

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DAY 8

387 of 500km

I, on the other hand, decided to finish the remaining kilometers on the rollers on Zwift.

Happy New Years. Day 8 of the #festive500 and thus the last day. Unfortunately Björn could not continue, his challenge was over after 280km. Thanks to his painful knee. But you have to listen to your body. 

So this meant: 120km left to go. 

Indoors, my longest ride so far was 50km. Although you are not exposed to the elements, riding outside is a bit more exciting and diverse.

Totally motivated I rode the first 61km, ate a piece of cake and started the second ride. 

After 4 1/2 hours of riding I was done. 

Finally, with 511km, at least one of us mastered the challenge. We are both proud of ourselves – because we have not done that many kilometers in a row before and I have only really started cycling this summer.

Let’s see if we will try again next year, in any case we are looking forward to a 2021 with lots of time on the bike!