Couch to Route Hero, Week 11 (Not Even Somewhat) Done 

Couch to Route Hero, Week 11 (Not Even Somewhat) Done 

Editor’s note: Monica is undertaking the “Couch to Route Hero” challenge of riding all 67 “free-ridable” Zwift routes (and getting all the badges) in 11 weeks. Each week she shares her story of the previous week’s struggles and accomplishments. Follow along on her journey, take the challenge yourself, and be sure to give her a Ride On if you see her on course!


We’re finally at week 11 of the 11-week challenge and it’s not ending in any way I could have imagined. It seems we can blame Eric as he created the challenge without factoring in a global pandemic. I will have words with him about this, don’t you worry! 

The Week Lined Up

I added 2 new route badges for a total of 61. Only 6 left, and none of them are in the 5+ category. Sweet relief! I rode 127.4 miles with 8,336 feet of elevation gain in 10 hours, 35 minutes.

Routes Completed:

The PRL Full

I started the week with the usual preparation most experienced riders would do: come down with a mild case of the flu.

It’s important to note here that I do NOT have the Coronavirus. Apparently other illnesses are also flying around out there and in all our efforts to stay Sheltered-in-Place I still found one of these bugs and succumbed to it. 

Step two of the preparation included a week of supplements, sunshine, water, and fruits and veggies. I also added in some discouragement and frustration as I considered the fact that the world might be riding the PRL Full without me

On Saturday I woke up somewhere around 900 times in the night wondering if it was morning and was I any better. It was not, and I was not. When the alarm went off at 6am I’d had the 21 minutes of sleep recommended before the longest ride of one’s life. So I popped out of bed and suited up. Carbs, water, and caffeinated gum were on the breakfast menu after which I hopped onto my trusty steed! 

Eric and I, starting the big ride

The plan was to stay in Zone 1 or 2 for a few laps of the London Loop, which we’d do 11 times for the PRL Full. I wanted to see if I could ride with the bug or maybe just kick sickness to the curb with a low effort. I was clearly in prime condition for this ride as just hopping onto my bike brought my heart rate almost all the way up to Zone 2! Seeing others with “PRL Full” in their in-game names added several beats per minute so I settled into a perfect Zone 3 and was off! I’ve always been an overachiever.

The first 3 laps were a breeze. Mainly because I have no recollection of even riding. With so many people sending messages it was all I could do to write back or join in the conversation. Pedaling was forgotten! Glorious!

Those around me must have gotten into a rhythm by my lap 4 as the chatter calmed down somewhat. It was then I decided I really needed to pay more attention to my heart rate. My immunity means more now than it ever has before so I needed to be a bit smarter. I slowed down (which is what all cyclists want to do) and settled in for another 2 laps. The plan was to stop for a long break after lap 6. 

During lap 5 I realized I was feeling worse than anticipated. I’d ridden about 40 miles and was quite fatigued, feeling somewhat nauseous. I let those I’d been riding with know that I’d be taking a break and hopped off once I hit the top of the Box Hill. I laid down on some towels on the floor and suddenly my entire head felt like it would explode. This was the worst headache I’d had in a long long time. The teen daughter brought me some medication and I added more carbs, more caffeine, and a freshly washed face. I was ready to ride again.

I rode most of lap 6 with a bit more cheer and decided to stop on the downhill again for a real break. I changed into my best bib shorts and ate what I referred to as “real food.” Really, it was just a brownie, some Kombucha, and a banana. I was antsy to get back on my bike and finish what I started before my legs revolted and before Eric (who was quickly riding the PRL Full beside me) was long gone from his bike.

At lap 7 I was glad I had taken the long break as it was a slow trudge up Box Hill. When I reached the end of the descent I decided I’d likely take a long break at every descent. Why not? Everyone else was doing the route at their own pace, this would be mine. But when I got to the bottom a dear friend I only know through Zwift had hopped on. Daffyd Williams, a cat A racer with KRT jumped in and said hello. That gave me the pep I needed! He instinctively jumped in front of me and I clumsily hung on to his wheel. As we neared Box Hill I warned him it would be the slowest climb of his life. He didn’t mind as he was saving his legs for a race the next day. We both meandered up and I wondered how long he could handle this pace, picturing him at his home in the UK probably out of the saddle doing one-legged, no-hands drills. Daffyd pulled me along the flats again and around to another ascent, adding in some hilarity over messaging. I decided he was my new best friend and immediately texted all my current best friends to let them know. 

Daffyd pulling me along

I was feeling the nausea and fatigue as we made our way up the climb, this being my 9th time. Only two left but I needed a break. Daffyd and I parted ways at the descent and I hopped off my bike, this time adding a second pair of bibs to my poor sit bones. 

Once my feet quit hurting I hopped back on, planning to stop at the end of each lap. Halfway up my 10th ascent I had to immediately dismount and lay on the floor. The nausea of the flu-bug was back and had decided it was here to stay. A long rest and more water gave me the edge I needed to finish climb 10 without heaving on Eric’s empty bike next to me. One. Lap. Left. 

Lap 11 brought me to my first great achievement of the ride: the 100-mile mark! It’s called the “No Big Deal” Achievement Badge and came with 750 XP Points. I yelled out “I just hit 100 miles!!!” to my family in various places in the house. They all cheered! My first century of my entire life! It also meant the sweet relief of knowing I only had ~7 miles left of this route. 

Because the end of the PRL Full is at the Classique banner on the Mall I was leaving the circuit other Zwifters were still on. That pained me as I wanted to encourage everyone along the way. I let them know I was leaving as I passed my virtual baton off to them to finish together. I limped in to victory, soaring under the banner as I pushed out 90 watts of raw power!

9 hours and 6 minutes of riding got me the most coveted of Route Badges on Zwift! Sweet relief!!!

After Hours

It was so fun to see I got exactly 1200 Ride Ons while completing the PRL Full! On the same notification screen, I also found that I rode mostly in a high zone 3. Oops. 

Eric placed a to-go order for Indian food where I figured I’d eat my weight in naan. I burned 2800 calories! Clearly I’d forgotten about the nausea while I was ordering which meant I had plenty of leftovers for Sunday! 

The Following Days

The night of the PRL Full I assumed I’d sleep well. My 21 minutes of sleep the night before, coupled with an entire day of riding seemed like a good sleep remedy. I slept solidly for 2 hours after which the 8,433 mg of caffeine I had earlier in the day must have kicked back in. I got out of bed around 11pm and didn’t feel mentally tired again until 4:30 in the morning. I slept until 9 when Eric woke me up to remind me I wanted in on a Zoom version of a church Sunday School class that was happening. I was groggy but happy and feeling proud of myself. The whole rest of Sunday was spent in my pajamas lying around the house feeling nauseous but content.

As I finish writing this piece 2 ½ days after the ride my body has completely recovered and I’m finally feeling better from the flu. I can now say with complete certainty I am glad I did the ride!

My New Friends

I have a bajillion new friends I rode with, and that was the very best part of this whole thing. We spent almost the entire time talking. Topics included what we were going to eat after the ride was over… most popular answer was “beer.” What lap we were on… 7/11, 2/11, 11th lap. Whether we were doing the PRL Full, or the Half. Explaining to non-PRL riders what “PRL” was, and so on. I think everyone was cheered on no matter what lap they’d hit. 

Various Zwifters would joke that the pain they were feeling was all my fault. I found myself responding “Blame me today, thank me tomorrow?” and hoped that would be the case as I too was really regretting my own decision to do this ride.

As I neared the end I found a few people who’d finished the ride earlier came back to cheer me on to the finish line. They logged back in very late in their timezones and kept encouraging as I rode. I felt the love! 

Once this Shelter-In-Place craziness is over I plan to travel the world and meet each of you!

Next Week

The original Route Badge Quest didn’t have a “Global Pandemic” contingency plan factored in and I’m still feeling a little sickly so I’ll see how the week plays out. I have the following routes that still need to be done: Watopia’s Figure 8 Reverse, Road to Ruins, and Out and Back Again, New York’s Rising Empire, and Innsbruck’s Lutscher CCW and Achterbahn.  I’ll just ride them as I feel like it. It may take one week. More likely two. I’ll continue to write about the journey each week. 

How About You?

Did you ride the PRL Full or the PRL Half? Let us know! We don’t have an actual count (I know it was more than 40) and would love to know just how many people got a PRL Badge this week! Also, was that your last ride for all your route badges? Are you officially a Route Hero?

About The Author

Monica Schlange

Monica wears many hats but the two most important to her are: Mom of two teens, and Wife to Zwift Insider editor Eric. A casual cyclist, her resolve is stronger than her legs, which still gets her pretty far! She enjoys trying new things on Zwift that others find intimidating so she can write about the experience and inspire others to push themselves as well.

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Craig
Craig
1 year ago

I rode the prl full on 3/28 and saw you riding. Although I rode 109.5 miles and saw the achievement unlocked screen and got the extra pointsI only got credit for 107.2. The ride could not be uploaded and I lost the route achievement points. I’ve ridden the prl full twice and had this happen twice.
Craig F

Kieran Woodward
Kieran Woodward (@woodythemuss)
1 year ago
Reply to  Craig

If that were me I’d give up on Zwoft all together! Devastating to hear. There must be a way HQ can see that you have completed the route and earned the badge.

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Craig

Sorry to hear that, Craig! Is Zwift updated on whatever device you use? That’s all I can think it could possibly be.

Michael
Michael
1 year ago

I know that three of us in the American midwest rode with you on Saturday and completed the full PRL route. Yes, I did jokingly blame you. Congratulations on your achievement!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Michael

Blame me then and thank me now? Haha! Congrats on your achievement as well!

Aiden Brassil
Aiden Brassil
1 year ago

Got 7 laps in before my dads computer run out of battery (while plugged in and charging! How???) Ended up doing 7.5 laps and ending just as you started. Really annoyed I couldnt do the full thing, but well done on your first 100 mile+ ride!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Aiden Brassil

Aiden, what a disappointment for you! I think your Dad owes you a brand new device to run Zwift on!

Eric Clopper
Eric Clopper (@eric-clopper)
1 year ago

Well done, Monica. Congratulation! I still working my way through the route list (25 so far). I did pop over to cheer you on at one point, after I rode my first Alpe.

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric Clopper

Eric! Thanks for the cheer! Keep working on those routes!

Kaj
Kaj
1 year ago

Not quite a route hero yet (not even close, still need 18 or so), but I did finish the PRL Full! Again, thanks for the invite, I’m not sure I would have done it otherwise 🙂
Congrats for finishing your final ‘5+ bidon’-route! Of the ones you have left only Lutscher CCW and Achterbahn are quite tough (lots of elevation), the others will be a breeze. Almost there!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Kaj

Yes, almost there! It was great to ride with you on Saturday!

Paul Lubbers
Paul Lubbers
1 year ago

If all rides are complete I’m very curious about the end result in numbers. Did you lose weight, how much did the ftp rise, did the heartratezones chance etc… The nerd side of it all 👓
But great effort sofar! Ride-on!

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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Paul Lubbers

More of that info will be in the last article for this series…in about two weeks! I’m interested to know all of it as well!

Pat
Pat
1 year ago

Congrats on earning the Black Jersey and ticking off a monster of a course.

Wear the jersey proudly, you’ve earned it and come one hell of a long way on Zwift from the first radio tower climb with the friendly malcontents way back when.

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Pat

Haha! Yes, that was a lifetime ago! But a reminder that we can do hard things (whatever level we’re at) when we have the right support!

Graeme Hutchison
Graeme Hutchison
1 year ago

Huge effort. Well done. It’s in my to do list and will do it while we are in lockdown in the UK.

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago

Get it, Graeme!

Dave Crouch
Dave Crouch
1 year ago

So glad you finished PRL despite feeling under the weather!

Thanks for helping to make a tough ride a laugh and good luck with the remaining routes.

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Dave Crouch

It was so fun riding with you! Let’s all do it again! (But something easier?)

Chris Stewart
Chris Stewart
1 year ago

I did the PRL Full on 3/28 also. I kept leaving my guy in a supertuck going down the other side of Box so I could get coffee and let blood circulate through my feet a bit. You can’t do that outside! I’ve officially got 26 or so routes to go, but I’d done most of them before route badges were officially enabled in Zwift. And there are one or two routes (e.g. Richmond’s Cobbled Climbs) that are relatively new.

I never would have attempted this route without encouragement from these articles!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Chris Stewart

So glad you found this encouraging! Well done on completing the route!! Keep working on them!

Alex
Alex
1 year ago

Good job! Can’t imagine cycling for 9 hours straight.

I had a two hour workout scheduled anyway and decided to do the PRL Half which worked out almost perfectly (finished in 1:54). We exchanged ride on’s on my last trip up Box Hill which was your first lap I think 🙂

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex

Smart! A workout and a badge! Look at us, exchanging ride ons like the BFFs that we are!

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

PRL Half for me – found your challenge a few weeks back and it was just what my OCD brain needed to get me focused on fitness as we entered the lockdown. Thank you for the inspiration! I’m about halfway through the badges and have the rest of the month mapped out to chase down more.

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

Awesome! So glad you found it helpful!!! Well done on the PRL Half! Keep working through those routes!

Mark
Mark
1 year ago

Great job Monica, I also completed my first 100 and the PRL. We did cross paths at least once and I sent over a Ride On. It was fantastic to be part of team ‘PRL Full’ and truly motivated to be pushed out of my normal comfort zone.
Mark F

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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark

So awesome, Mark! Wasn’t it so much easier with everyone else there!?!? Glad you were a part of it and pushed out of your comfort zone! We’re stronger together!

Craig H
Craig H (@lego_2001)
1 year ago

Congrats!! It was great to participate in the ride. I rode the PRL Full on Saturday as well. Started around 6:30 AM PST. Hit a wall and developed some cramps on Lap 9. Pushed thru to finish in 6.5 hours. My wife said I should not do that ever again. 😉

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Craig H

Haha! What does your wife know? Okay, well actually maybe listen to her…now that you’ve got the badge!!!

R R
R R
1 year ago

I rode the PRL Full with all of you and I’m happy you organized this. It was much easier with all of these fantastic riders cheering each other on. I changed my clothing after climb #6 and from that moment on I got off my bike after every climb and take a small break, stretch my legs, eat something. I had quite a scare after lap 8 when I suddenly went straight on towards Knightsbridge in stead of going left to Surrey Hills. I noticed after about 4km wondering where I actually was riding, took a u-turn, turned right to… Read more »

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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  R R

R R! I would have had a coronary right there on lap 8! So are you saying you DID get the badge even though your guy veered off? I’m always so afraid something will happen midride and I’ll lose everything.

So glad you were there! Thanks for all the encouragement you’ve been giving me over the weeks!

Alex
Alex (@alex-mcleish)
1 year ago

i was doing the PRL half at the same time and it was tough enough! Congratulations on inspiring so many riders. Would you consider doing something similar for your last badge, whatever it is. Maybe a group ride or just a show up and ride with me kind of ride? So many people have been following you on this quest that it would be great to go out in a blaze of glory!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex

Thanks! I’ll think about it for the last one. THIS was supposed to be the last one, but well, you know. Life! (or more like the stopping of it, haha!) I DO like your idea! And thanks for joining us and doing the half!!!

Kelly Roloff
Kelly Roloff
1 year ago

Yes I got my badge (well 4 badges actually!: 30 ride ons/100 ride ons/century and PRL Full). It was such a fun day having others doing the same thing and having all of the banter. So thank you even tho I was definitely cursing you at lap 8! I was so happy to see you finish…I don’t know how you did it with the flu! I wish I had all of the route badges but I’ve got 15 left including 5 of the 5 bidon rides. I’ll get there eventually. Thanks again for organizing this and congrats! You’re so close… Read more »

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Kelly Roloff

KELLY! Hahah! Cursing me at lap 8. I can just imagine it! That super cool that you got 4 badges in one ride! Keep up the great work!

Jeff Rodgers
Jeff Rodgers
1 year ago

Hi Monica! I finished the PRL Full On Saturday and it was the last route for me. Great job sticking with it and finishing the hardest course. The rest that you have left will be a walk in the park😁

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Rodgers

Haha! Jeff, well done! You’re a ROUTE HERO!!! Bask in the glory!

Thomas Chew
Thomas Chew
1 year ago

Another PRL FULL rider on 3/28. Thank you so much Monica for organizing not just this event but also for the Couch to Route Hero concept. The PRL Full was my last of the 67 routes and I was dreading this ride for weeks. When I logged into Zwift at 6:10 AM Eastern Time I couldn’t believe how many riders were doing the PRL. Having a great support group just made this ride so enjoyable. But as much as I like riding my bike I was so happy when I crossed under the banner and was able to get off… Read more »

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas Chew

That’s awesome! Thanks for following the journey and being an encouragement! As for “what now?” I’d say go after some of those other badges! Some of the random ones that you have to ride an event to get, etc. I’m trying to figure out what to do next as well. I might do some sort of either coached series (never had a coach before), or one where I couple My Fitness Pal with my Zwifting and try to lose the last of the weight of been carrying for far too long.

Cliff
Cliff
1 year ago

I rode the PRL Half and really enjoyed all the support everyone was sharing. I made some new friends and enjoyed some good natured sarcasm being handed out too.

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Cliff

Awesome! Yes, Zwift is always good for some laughs and some sarcasm/banter!!!

Peter Karwowski
Peter Karwowski
1 year ago

Myself and a friend were right there with you and saw you a couple of times, we also finished…Great job Monica!! Only one more route for me to do, another ass kicker, “The Four Horseman”.

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago

Great to have you and your friend out there! So much more fun! And hey, if you can do the PRL Full and the Uber Pretzel that Four Horseman will be NO PROBLEM!!!

Genevieve
Genevieve
1 year ago

Great job Monica! 👏👏👏I was looking forward to read the story of this long ride 😃 I was happy to see you back on Zwift today as I was pretty sure the Saturday’s ride was really hard… I did the PRL Half that day, longest ride ever in my case. With all the discussions going on and me trying to spot all the people doing the PRL to give them a ride on, I had a lot of fun! I got 43 badges since I started on Zwift in November. I was not really paying attention to these badges. That… Read more »

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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Genevieve

Thanks for sharing, Genevieve! I love your idea of thinking “what is the most difficult one I can complete today?” You’re crazy! I like it!

Ben Huttinga
Ben Huttinga
1 year ago

Wow Monica!!!
Great job of finishing!! I’m really impressed that you did this whole not feeling well. I am also glad that you are feeling better!

I also did the PRL full, we chatted a bit when you were starting and I was finishing. Thanks again for all the encouragement. This is not nearly the last badge that I needed I still have a lot to go,

I loved following along with your journey I’m looking forward to the next posts!

Will you be taking on another crazy challenge after this one?

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Ben Huttinga

Ben! Yes, I remember chatting with you! So glad you were out there and finished as well! As for another challenge…I’m trying to decide. I think I’m going to schedule a couple more rides like this one that we can all do together. And then I’m considering doing a series where I either try getting a coach to see what that’s like (and then write about it each week, of course), or doing a weight loss challenge sort of thing where I couple My Fitness Pal with my Zwifting and try to get the last of the weight off that… Read more »

Peter Larkin
Peter Larkin
1 year ago

Well done Monica on completing the PRL Full! I also completed it on 3/28 and it was my last of the 67 route badges.

Thank you for being the inspiration behind the journey. Following your progress each week has been fantastic. You’re nearly there!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Peter Larkin

Thanks so much, Peter! Well done to you!!! You’re a ROUTE HERO!!! (shouldn’t you get some sort of shirt, or a banner to hang on your wall or something?)

Kristjan Leifsson
Kristjan Leifsson
1 year ago

I did the PRL half as I didn’t feel comfortable to do the full PRL yet. But after finishing that and chatting with some of the PRL Full folks, I decided to add another 30km London ride to go over the 100km mark for the day. Still bunch of the bigger rides left. I’m planning on testing myself this weekend on the Haute Route Watopia challenge and knock of three tough rides.

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago

Super awesome! Way to push yourself after doing a long route on Saturday!! Keep up the great work!

Bernhard
Bernhard
1 year ago

Congratulations on the ride, and on pushing through this for 11 weeks. I did the PRL full the same day as you, didn’t even know about your “couch to hero” until a friend IRL turned me onto your series. PRL full is so clearly the hardest route, harder than any of the Pretzels, and I’m just so impressed that you completed it. Awesome stick-with-it-ness!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Bernhard

Thanks! Glad to have you out there!!! Job well done! And tell your friend they’re my favorite! Lol.

Trevor Readman
Trevor Readman
1 year ago

Hi Monica,

Completed PRL Full on Saturday finishing approx 19.15 UK Time after 5hrs and 22 minutes plus a couple of ten minute rest breaks. We are stuck at home at present with the current situation so this is as close to riding as I am getting but really got back into Zwift recently. Nice to go and do the stupidity long events and share in each others pain 😁! Well done to everyone who did it no matter how slow or fast.

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Trevor Readman

Trevor! So glad you were able to be there too! 5:22? You’re speedy! Well done!!!

Dan
Dan
1 year ago

Great ride Monica, and thank you for suggesting it with the open invitation. Hoping to see more of this from you or Zwiftinsider, unofficial rides that get the “club” level type of cyclist motivated to go out and do something epic! Hope you feel 100% soon and “Ride On”!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

Thanks, Dan! So glad you liked it!

I’m hoping that once Zwift rolls out more of the Club functionality we can get a Zwift Insider Club going and have more events like this! I’m feeling 100% now today, thanks for the encouragment!

Mily
Mily
1 year ago

Congratulations on such an epic effort! I was looking forward to seeing you on the course but I dropped my phone an hour into the ride and went off course. Aborted the ride and went to Watopia to get the Mega Pretzel Badge. Five more routes left for me.
Ride on!🌻🚴🏼💕

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Mily

Oh no! Sorry to hear you went off course. Those sorts of issues are always a fear of mine. Well done on getting a badge anyway!

Mike G.
Mike G.
1 year ago

I had kiddo duty on the 28th so only had time for the half. It was great to see all the support out there. Good on you for getting us all out there at the same time, and nice work finishing! That’s a tough one even when you aren’t sick!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Mike G.

Thanks for joining us and for the support! Well done on the half!

Phil Merryweather
Phil Merryweather
1 year ago

Well done Monica, you have inspired me to follow your lead. Although doing it in eleven weeks is more than I can do. Hats off to you.
Phil.

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago

Awesome! Go at the pace that works for you!

Andy Jackson
Andy Jackson
1 year ago

I rode the PRL full on the same day with you; although, I’m more of a lurker in Zwift. Thanks for setting this up. I’m pretty new to Zwift, just joined in January. Before that, I had hardly touched my bike and had been more of a runner. Even though I didn’t know it at the time, January was the perfect time to get a smart trainer and signup for Zwift. My intent had been to train for a Seattle to Portland (STP) ride in July, which probably won’t happen now. Anyway, I remember first looking at the PRL Full… Read more »

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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
1 year ago
Reply to  Andy Jackson

So awesome, Andy! Welcome to Zwift! My brothers were both going to ride STP as well. I hope it still happens for you all!

Oliver Radermacher
Oliver Radermacher
1 year ago

That was a fantastic ride with you and so many Zwifters around the world. And to read your great article made it alive a second time. I really love it. First of all I only wanted to ride 3 laps, but with such an encouragement I decided to ride the PRL Full and let my wife know, that I will come back “out of” the cellar later this evening. I was and I am still so proud to finish that event and will shortly do the PRL Half, what now is much more easier with two guest worlds. In any… Read more »

Raymond Connor
Raymond Connor (@raymond_connor)
1 year ago

Hello started the challenge 15 days ago. and going for the mad version off 55 days straight. everyone’s comments and achievements are a big boost. and as strange as it seems everyone’s issues. my first big one was yesterday. rode Three Sisters and as it was my 14 day i should have also got my Unemployed badge. but my ride failed to upload properly to Zwift and so i have not got either my route or unemployed badge. only a bit gutted as it just means it is now a 56 day challenge stay safe and ride strong everyone

Ray

J. Ukkola
J. Ukkola
1 year ago

Nice! Well done!

I got inspired by this challenge a week ago and I’m trying to do all Zwift routes, Including rebel routes, in 12 weeks. This would be 76 routes in total, if I got the correct route list.
I created some excel sheets to make it easier to follow the progress. On the first one I came up with rough ranking system for routes. And on the second sheet is the schedule. https://drive.google.com/file/d/19Jc_mN8764kgEtKODxqGWcN0SLUAtAH2/view?usp=sharing

Amy Ma
Amy Ma
11 months ago

What a fun, funny and inspiring read!!! I just started the badges challenge. Thank you for this!!!

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