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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, I feel parts of my body that I haven't felt in a long time. Today's rest day is urgently needed. How anyone can feel so limp after a round of 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 little tired and has slightly sore muscles, but she seems to be in top shape compared to me.
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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 in pain again, and I also pinched a nerve yesterday, and my back hurts.

So: Sofa, so good.

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

I want to get out and ride my bike 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 while I'm writing these lines, I'm lying on the sofa with my leg up. Nothing has changed about my knee, so that's it for the challenge for me. However, this remarkable woman by my side is still going. She's done 387/500 km and has just brought up the idea of doing the remaining kilometers tomorrow on Zwift in two stages. I have nothing but admiration for her. Yes, it's not cold and windy inside, but with the monotony on the roller trainer, I would never ride more than 2 hours.

I am curious to see if Jana will be able to do it tomorrow. I firmly believe in her, and if it doesn't work out, she will have ridden more kilometers in these eight days than ever before.

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DAY 8

387 of 500km

Happy New Year. Day 8 of the #festive500 and thus the last day. Björn, unfortunately, could not continue. His challenge was over after 280km. His knee was hurting too much, and one's gotta listen to the body.

That meant: another 120 km to go.

Indoors, my longest ride to date had been 50km. Although you're not exposed to the elements, riding outdoors is a bit more exciting and varied.

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

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

Finally, with 511 km, at least one of us has completed the challenge. We're both proud of ourselves - because we've never ridden so many kilometers at a stretch, and I only really started cycling this summer.

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