Couch to Route Hero, Week 11 (+1) Done

Couch to Route Hero, Week 11 (+1) Done

Editor’s note: Monica has undertaken 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!


This week was a bit of a let down mentally. I don’t know if it’s the Shelter-in-Place orders getting to me (we’re on day 20-something), or the fact that the challenge was already supposed to be done but isn’t. Either way, it was a blah sort of week, to be sure.

The Week Lined Up

I rode three routes this week, making my badge total 64. So close! I rode 62.9 miles with 5,413 ft of climb in 5 hours and 6 minutes.

Routes Completed:

How the Week Played Out

After the high of finishing London’s PRL Full last week I really had no interest in riding my bike ever again. This is how it’s been every time I do some amazing feat on my bike. “Okay, I’ve done a lot. Now I’m done!” I couldn’t stand the thought of not having anything to write to you all though so I forced myself to ride one route on Tuesday and two routes on Saturday. 

Rising Empire

It felt great to ride this at my full capacity. I pushed myself up the climbs and sailed through the flats. And it’s funny, because now that I’ve done much bigger things it wasn’t so daunting to go up both sides of the KOM in New York. 

Achterbahn

For the first time in this challenge, I had to do the world hack to get a route done. This was pretty much inevitable, even though I had carefully planned out each day before the real world stopped. There just aren’t a lot of days where Innsbruck is available, even now with the choice of 2 guest worlds

The downside to a world hack is not having a lot of company out there. At the beginning of my ride there were only 34 of us in Innsbruck. I’ve realized more and more that these routes go by so much faster when others are riding… even if they’re not riding specifically with me! So, if you can do an Innsbruck route while it’s on the calendar, do it. It may be far more interesting! 

Figure 8 Reverse 

I didn’t want too many rides looming over my head on my last week so decided to do a second ride after Achterbahn and some lunch. Someone told me later that it was amazing I did two rides in one day. It didn’t seem like some amazing thing at first but then I thought about this journey I’ve been on. Monica on week 3 would have been hard pressed to do a 4 bidon and a 2 bidon on the same day. But Monica on week 11+1 isn’t the same gal! A 4 and a 2 ain’t no thang! And gosh, am I proud of that! 

Next week

I have three routes left! Watopia’s Out & Back Again, Innsbruck’s Lutscher CCW, and Watopia’s Road to Ruins. Let’s be real: your girl here, the one who did the Uber Pretzel is NOT looking forward to Lutscher CCW and doing that KOM Reverse climb twice. Haha. Silliness. I’ve done much more difficult things!

Another Open Invitation

I invite you all to join me after this whole Route Badge Quest is done to get another badge: the “On Fire.” Check out the April 25th event info here!

How About You?

What routes did you do this week? And if you’ve ridden Lutscher CCW do you have any tips?

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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chrisb200sx
chrisb200sx
10 months ago

Lutscher is not really any different CCW. I slightly preferred the steeper way round because it means the ride is more energy efficient as more of your effort is going into climbing rather than pushing air out of the way.
Well done for getting back on it after PRL. All too easy to slip into the psychology of finishing after the big one.

Ben
Ben
10 months ago

Congrats Monica.
I’ve got only 5 routes to go.
The 5 hardest. 😀
This week I rode only outside.

Mellen
Mellen
10 months ago

You got this, Monica! Thanks for the Ride On today

Erik van Roode
Erik van Roode
10 months ago

my past 7 days (mostly “1 bidon” so I can do 2 per day):
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NYC – Grand Central Circuit
NYC – Astoria Line 8
NYC – Mighty Metropolitan
NYC – Lady Liberty
Yorkshire – Duchy Estate
Yorkshire – Queen’s Highway
Yorkshire – Tour of Tewit Well
Yorkshire – 2019 UCI Worlds Harrogate Circuit
Yorkshire – Royal Pump Room 8
Innsbruck – Innsbruckring
Watopia – Tick Tock

almost done with the “1 bidon”, did a few of the 2 bidon.

R R
R R
10 months ago

Well done Monika! After the amazing PRL full with you and all those other crazy guys and girls, I really had a rough time riding alone.
Besides very long working days it also was beautiful weather outside, so I did a bit of running and riding outside. But really it was the thought of riding “alone” that really didn’t help get me on the bike. Even riding outside alone isn’t really fun.
so I have to grab myself by the …. and get myself on the bike again!

Fra
Fra
10 months ago

Lutscher ccw Just a bit harder than lutscher…try to recover on downhill

Andronic Daniel Tamsa
Andronic Daniel Tamsa
10 months ago

Thank you! With the tables from you and with patience I managed in 3 months to finish all the badges routes!

Doug Shanks
Doug Shanks (@djshanks)
10 months ago

I bumped into you on one of your rides this week Monica. Keep up the good work. Nearly done. You’re inspiring a lot of people to do this quest too. Any physical exercise distraction is a great thing these days.

Last edited 10 months ago by Doug Shanks
Raymond Connor
Raymond Connor (@raymond_connor)
10 months ago

Well done for getting back on the bike. i know exactly what you mean i have done this my whole time spent in cycling, Running, and Triathlon. complete a major effort and then let it slip and have to start again. my plan was to do the route challenge in the 55 days. so far i am on day 21. and starting to struggle, sore legs. and the annoyance that 2 of my bigger rides have not been registered. 3 sisters (didn’t upload) and on Friday i did the Big loop and i stupidly hit the U turn, turned back… Read more »

Mike D
Mike D
10 months ago
Reply to  Raymond Connor

If you completed a ride on Zwift that didn’t upload to Strava, you van log into the Zwift website, download the fit file, and upload it in the Strava website.
If it didn’t register on zwift, I’ll leave someone else to chime in, though I have heard of people opening tickets for that.

S Williams
S Williams
10 months ago

I did the Lutscher CCW in a race event so I didn’t have to world hack. I didn’t race it but everyone rode steady the first KOM climb as the race started from the KOM banner which meant lots of company. One of the clubs uses Lutscher and Lutscher CCW regularly as event routes. Good luck, you’re doing great.

Murray Thompson
Murray Thompson
10 months ago

16 of the hardest routes left to do, leaving PRL full until the end as I already have 100 mile badge and want to know it is over for now after that ride. Just keep your head down and and settle into your own pace with the Lutscher CCW, same as any climbs really. Stay safe

Robert Heikamp
Robert Heikamp
10 months ago

This is awesome Monica, well done!
By the way, you gave me a goal to accomplish during this global pandemic & lockdown. All my goals for this year ended up in the trash bin, but this is a new challenge and I’m excited to start tonight!
Let’s see if we can complete them all in 10 weeks

Mike Hardy
Mike Hardy
10 months ago

This journey inspired me to do nearly the same, and though I missed the PRL Full “party” (not a party haha) I did knock it out and you’re right. After doing that sucker, what’s a 2 route day? As long as it doesn’t have the letters ‘PRL’ in it, nothing. The extra work capacity you’ve built is awesome, you should revel in it!

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