I’m a Route Hero!

I’m a Route Hero!

Editor’s note: Monica undertook 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 shared her story of the previous week’s struggles and accomplishments. Follow her journey, take the challenge yourself, and be sure to give her a Ride On if you see her on course!


When Eric first named this challenge “Couch to Route Hero” I was mildly embarrassed by the idea of being called a “Route Hero.” But now that it’s over you can call me what you want. It feels good to be done and to look back on my accomplishments! 

My list of route badges… all filled in!

The Week Lined Up

I rode three routes this week, bringing my total to 67. That’s all of them! This week I rode 65.1 miles with 4,737 feet of climb in 4 hours 44 minutes on the bike. 

Routes Completed:

About this Week’s Routes

I don’t understand why Out and Back Again has this name. While you DO end up where you started the name implies that you take the same road back as you did going out. This is not the case.

Lutscher CCW was hard. You go up the back side of the KOM… twice. My head wasn’t there. A real shocker! So I pushed myself up the first time and planned to take it easy the second time. Little did I know I’d have two friends from across the world join me to climb it the second time. They’re both very strong so I went my hardest so they wouldn’t fall asleep on the climb. Thank you to Karissa Minn [TFC] and Dafydd Williams [KRT]!

Papers taped to our wall used to track my progress

Challenge Results

Between January 5-April 10 I:

  • Rode 55 days, completing 67 routes.
  • Rode 1,365.59 miles (2,197.7km) . For perspective: In 2019 I rode 1,435 miles total.
  • Climbed 110,791 feet. That’s 3.8x up Everest.
  • Was on my bike for 112 hours, 11 minutes and 3 seconds. That’s 4.7 days.
  • Burned 40,955 calories. That’s 143 pizza slices.
  • Received 21,980 Ride Ons from all of you!

My most favorite routes: Watopia’s Tick Tock and New York’s Mighty Metropolitan.

My least favorite route: Watopia’s Uber Pretzel. Do it once so you can say you did. Then never ever do it again!

I went from level 31 to level 37. I got about 40,000XP from all the miles, and 39,600XP from all the routes. I got random XP here and there too, from things like reaching the top of Alpe du Zwift and having the prize spinner land on something I already had, or from going through a banner and getting points instead of a powerup.

I also gained about 2 million drops during the 3 months.

I lost 9 lbs during the challenge. I wish I had paid more attention to calories as I’m sure I could have lost a lot more. Sometimes I could only push myself to do just the bare minimum of this challenge as that was a lot for me. So weight loss wasn’t a priority.

Bike choice: I purchased the Specialized Tarmac Pro and Enve SES 3.4 wheels in the virtual garage. I used this setup for climbing, but mostly just rode my Tron bike, while always hopping off in the jungle to switch to a mountain bike.

New IRL: I bought a new pair of bibs that I love. And found that Chamois Butt’r Her’ chamois cream is my best friend. Also stretching. Stretching is my best friend.

Some things I learned

  1. I was reminded that I have great resolve (especially when people are looking!)
  2. Recovery matters. Recovery rides and rest days. They make you stronger.
  3. We’re stronger together. Knowing others were doing the same routes, sometimes doing them with me: that made me push myself more. We’re stronger together.
  4. Fourth, don’t put a long ride between two scheduled real-world events. 
  5. My chiropractor knows what he’s talking about. If I want to stay out of his office I need to not add more than 10% each week. (Alternative way to stay out: have a global pandemic.)
  6. My self-esteem is much higher when I do hard things. Even when no one knows about them. I just feel so much better about who I am. 
  7. Looking back on the “easier” weeks reminds me of just how much I progressed each week. What seems like an “easy” week now wasn’t back then so I still celebrate Monica of week 6 who nearly died on The PRL Half. It’s also a great reminder to celebrate those who have done hard things, without comparing my own accomplishments to theirs.  

What’s Next

Next Saturday (April 25) we’ve invited others to join us as we do the 25 laps of the Volcano Circuit. Check it out, and please join us! Learn more here >

Will there be another challenge?

As of right now, no. Not for me. It was all I could do to complete this one, so I need a break from constant accountability. I may take the next month to work to lose some more weight. I thought it would be kind of fun to be much more fit when our Shelter-in-Place is over, so I figure I should start working on that even more now. I’ll likely write about it when it’s over. 

Besides that, I’ll be managing two teen’s distance learning for the rest of the school year, finishing a book I’m working on about when I had depression, shipping Zwift Insider posters and Banjo shirts and attempting to finish a bathroom remodel. 

Thank you

To each of you that gave me a Ride On, wrote to me in game, rode with me, commented on these posts, and joined the challenge as well: THANK YOU! I would have quit if it hadn’t been for you. You are all the best! Find yourself a community on Zwift that encourages you to accomplish your goals and offers support and advice. There are many to choose from and we’re stronger together!

With love,
Monica Schlange
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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Brad
Brad
10 months ago

How did you track it all? I’ve started trying to knock out as many routes as I can.

Eric Schlange
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Eric Schlange (@eschlange)
10 months ago
Reply to  Brad

Hey Brad – she used the documents from this post: https://zwiftinsider.com/route-ride-schedule/

Brad
Brad
10 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Thanks Eric. You guys run an amazing site!

Erik van Roode
Erik van Roode
10 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

I’m using the route list, checked off my last ‘1 bidon’ course today. I haven’t set myself a time schedule, I’ll be happy if I make it to the ‘4 bidon’ courses

Chris
Chris
10 months ago
Reply to  Brad

Take a look at https://zwifthub.com/

Very useful for picking/ticking off routes.

Ray Morro
Ray Morro
10 months ago
Reply to  Brad

I have an Excel spreadsheet that I use, based on the documents from the Zwift Insider post (https://zwiftinsider.com/route-ride-schedule/) – I extracted the text from the PDF files and put them into the spreadsheet, then added formulas and other whiz-bang stuff. If you want a copy, feel free to PM me.

MHolden
MHolden (@holdenadventures)
10 months ago
Reply to  Ray Morro

yes, please share…
PM you how?

Marcus Elliott
Marcus Elliott
10 months ago
Reply to  MHolden

I did something similar with Google Sheets. A copy available here. Some of the sums and presumptions are wrong but it helps me keep track

MHolden
MHolden (@holdenadventures)
10 months ago
Reply to  Marcus Elliott

Thanks!!

Aiden Brassil
Aiden Brassil
10 months ago

WELL DONE MONICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Aiden Brassil

Thanks, Aiden!

Nathan Lipke
Nathan Lipke (@nlipke)
10 months ago

Great job!

Thanks for the inspiration!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Nathan Lipke

Thanks, Nathan!

Ryan Patrick
Ryan Patrick (@ryan_s_pat)
10 months ago

I hated the Four Horsemen more than the Uber Pretzel. That climb out of the Jungle after the Alpe…..

Alan Farnes
Super Member
Alan Farnes (@alan_taylor_farnes)
10 months ago
Reply to  Ryan Patrick

Oof. I’ve done the Uber Pretzel and it was the hardest one for me. Haven’t done the Four Horsemen yet. Not looking forward to it…

Lauren
Lauren
10 months ago
Reply to  Ryan Patrick

Congrats! I have really enjoyed reading your great write ups each week. All the best with homeschooling, I think that may be tougher than this challenge 😉

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Lauren

LOL. Thanks, Lauren!

Mike Heath
Mike Heath
10 months ago
Reply to  Ryan Patrick

PRL was the one I have hated so far. Got all the pretzels to do, then that’s me done.

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Mike Heath

Mmmm…pretzels!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Ryan Patrick

Yes but which ones did you all love?

Ryan Patrick
Ryan Patrick (@ryan_s_pat)
10 months ago

Certainly, any routes that included the Alpe and ended at the top were nice. I like dropping Proximity Ride Ons, so 8’s/Pretzels/Bagels/etc. were nice for hitting everything in both directions (and giving some love to people riding against the current).

Niels Thijssen
Niels Thijssen
10 months ago

Congratulations with this huge effort!!!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Niels Thijssen

Thanks much, Niels!

Bob Pfromm
Bob Pfromm
10 months ago

Congrats! What an accomplishment! Very proud of you, and also very inspired! Today I finished route 47 of 67, so only 20 more to go! Challenges like this, the Tours de Zwift & Watopia and the Haute Route event (which also knocked out a few of the harder rides) are essential for me to keep my head in the game. HUGE thanks to both you and Eric!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Bob Pfromm

Great Job, Bob! Glad this is helping you as it did me!

Alan Farnes
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Alan Farnes (@alan_taylor_farnes)
10 months ago

You are so awesome! It was a blast doing this with you. I still have 8 left! Someday I’ll be as cool as you!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Alan Farnes

Haha! 8 left? You could be done by next week!!!

Eric Clopper
Eric Clopper (@eric-clopper)
10 months ago

Well done, and Congratulations! An amazing accomplishment, and even more so because you put yourself out there for everyone else to engage with. Awesome. Enjoy your break/recovery.

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Eric Clopper

Thanks, Eric! The cheer and accountability definitely drove me!

Pete
Pete
10 months ago

Chapeau! Well done Monica, you absolutely rock. I still have 1 run & 4 rides to go, all of them long, long ones, I’m also just 2 ascents shy of the Masochist badge, so plenty of motivation for me to keep going. I’ve really enjoyed your progress reports, they’ve been a big inspiration boost each week.

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Pete

Thanks, Pete! You’re so close to being done! Maybe by end of April???

Paul
Paul
10 months ago

Out and Back Again references the alternative title of the book The Hobbit, There and Back Again. It’s about a quest to a lonely mountain and back home, like the route.

Dylan
Dylan
10 months ago
Reply to  Paul

I said this when the route came out, I can’t believe people still aren’t catching on! I think it’s even said in one of the LotR films as the book that either Bilbo or Frodo had just finished writing.

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Cool! Had no idea! Thanks for sharing!

Thomas Chew
Thomas Chew
10 months ago

So proud of you Monica! Thanks for organizing this event.

Yours truly,
Thomas Chew
Route Hero

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Thomas Chew

You made me LOL. We’re amazing, you and me!

Kaj
Kaj
10 months ago

Well done Monica!! Truly inspiring to see how you’ve progressed over the past couple of months

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Kaj

Thanks for being on this journey too!

Edward Redfoot
Edward Redfoot (@rothfusz)
10 months ago

Thank you for sharing this awesome adventure with us. You Rock!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Edward Redfoot

Thanks for all the encouragement and ride ons!

Ayyy
Ayyy
10 months ago

I got about 13,400XP from all the miles

That seems low, is that meant to be 43,400XP?

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Ayyy

Oops, you’re right! It should be about 40,000! I think I had too many numbers going through my head!

Marcos
10 months ago

Congratulations and thanks for the inspiration! I’m on week 9, so only a few more routes to go! I loved your idea and suggested schedule, it literally got me out of the couch and has kept me motivated for training indoors.

Eric Schlange
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Eric Schlange (@eschlange)
10 months ago
Reply to  Marcos

That’s awesome! Let us know when you finish and become a Route Hero!

Jeff summerd
Jeff summerd
10 months ago

Great job!!!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Jeff summerd

Thanks, Jeff!

Rusty Austin
Rusty Austin
10 months ago

Wow, great effort! Congrats Monica!!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Rusty Austin

Thanks, Rusty!

tempocyclist.com
10 months ago

Mega kudos!!! 🙂

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago

Thanks much!

Sheri McCready
Sheri McCready
10 months ago

Thank you so much Monica! I have loved following your progress and you have inspired to do my own journey. I have mixed in badge hunting when I haven’t found a group ride that appealed to me. I only have a few 3bottle bideon and a few of the really long ones. I will definitely get those though in the next little while, especially when we are sheltering in place. 😁 Anyway, thanks again and see you in the game!!! Sheri

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Sheri McCready

Way to make it your own! See you out there!!! Ride On!

Richard cooke
Richard cooke
10 months ago

Nice work, I’m just on to the 2nd bid on routes, been off for a couple of weeks with the dreaded covid 19 but plan to get back on track, time is the biggest issue, great job though

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Richard cooke

Yikes! Sounds like you’re on the up and up though, so that’s good! Stay well!

Todd
Todd
10 months ago

Congratulations on finishing all of them! When I did the Lutscher CCW, I did it as a meetup with a friend, and it actually started us at the top of the hill just before the KOM banner, so we rode through the banner, down to the bottom, and back up the climb and got the badge! Only one climb!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Todd

Oh that’s cheating, you’re gonna have to do it again. Haha! Okay, maybe not.

sven
sven
10 months ago

Congratulations!!

PS Maybe change “this Saturday” to date in “What’s Next”? (Hoping to join!)

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  sven

Thanks, Sven!

Hugh Sprague
Hugh Sprague (@hugh_sprague)
10 months ago

Congratulations!!! It was fun to follow your challenge and incentive for me to finish my routes as well. Job well done and thanks for sharing.

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Hugh Sprague

Thanks for following along the journey! Glad you were inspired!!

Jeremy Christmas
Jeremy Christmas
10 months ago

Hi Monica, You have been an inspiration for me to get of my couch during isolation. I am currently 4 weeks into my ‘couch to hero’ quest. I have just completed my ‘unemployed’ badge and taking a well earned rest day today. 54 badges and counting. My goal is to complete all the rides by 13th June, including joining you for 25 laps of the volcano on Saturday week (NZ time) and hopefully getting close to getting a Tron bike by August. Currently 57% of the way there. Thanks again for the inspiration!! ‘See’ you on the 25th April at… Read more »

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago

Jeremy, that’s awesome!!! Keep us informed of how your journey is going!!!! See you on the 25th!

Andy Spanhak
Andy Spanhak
10 months ago

Congrats Monica!!! Two more to go for me… one being the dreaded Uber… hope to have them wrapped before the we all get volcano dizzy on the 25th 😂

Henrik
Henrik
10 months ago
Reply to  Andy Spanhak

Uber was surprisingly chill for me. I took a short brake once an hour and I made and ate dinner before the alpe. It’s only as hard as you make it.

Andy Spanhak
Andy Spanhak
10 months ago
Reply to  Henrik

Due to an unexpected bout of drowsiness on a 4 bidon route followed by a mid Four Horseman rear derailleur tantrum, I have discovered use of an overnight break to complete a route if necessary. 😂 It feels like cheating, but I am also risking a power outage deleting my progress when I do it, so I think I will try to knock out the Uber with minimal breaks…

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Andy Spanhak

You can do it, Andy!!!

K M
K M
10 months ago

Did you receive a reward from Zwift for completing all the routes? A special bike or kit?

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  K M

They sent me ONE MILLION DOLLARS! Okay, actually no. You get pride and prestige and bragging rights when you complete them all!

John Winegard
John Winegard
10 months ago

Congratulations Monica, that’s quite an accomplishment! I have really enjoyed reading each one of your updates. And you’ve definitely inspired me to keep going and finish off the hardest routes. Thank you and ride on!!!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  John Winegard

Awesome, John! You’ve got this!

Erik van Roode
Erik van Roode
10 months ago

Awesome job!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Erik van Roode

Thanks, Erik!

Michael Li
Michael Li
10 months ago

Congratulations Monica!
Really enjoyed your weekly progress posts, they inspired me to work on the same goal.
Last week, in order to catch up with your progress, I completed all the routes by doing the Mega Pretzel, Uber Pretzel, PRL Full, and a DIRT meetup for the Volcano Circuit 25 laps. Thanks for all the experience sharing and the inspiration!
And thanks to Eric for the wonderful site! I learned all of my Zwift knowledge from here!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Michael Li

Michael, that’s a big week! You’re crazy! Well done! Glad you like the site! Eric LOVES adding to it!

Paul Sculthorpe
Paul Sculthorpe
10 months ago

Well done Monica. Ride on :0)

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago

Thanks, Paul! Ride on!

Anthony C Casto
Anthony C Casto
10 months ago

Congratulations Monica! Like many others, you have inspired me to complete all the routes as well. I am constantly battling the commitment to the routes vs. my love for racing–so I’m doing a little of both while trying to determine how much rest I need in-between hard efforts (I usually DON’T rest, which I know has a negative effect). Finally, as one who has learned to manage depression over the past 9 years, thanks for acknowledging depression, but more importantly demonstrating to others how one can fight through it with the support of a team and a plan: therapist, friends,… Read more »

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago

Thanks, Anthony! You words mean a lot! Keep working hard…and take those rest days! They’re good for you! Lol.

Mike Heath
Mike Heath
10 months ago

Missed out on 4 horsemen as did it from the pen, not spawn point. Didn’t count for the Veloviewer leaderboard

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Mike Heath

Oh no! How frustrating! Guess you have to do it again! Lol.

Strenki
Strenki
10 months ago

Hi guys. Many routes are short one. It is possible to start new route without needing to shut down Zwift and start it again from the scratch?
Would be helpful, if Zwift would allow us to click on the route badge and that would lead us to the route so we can ride it right away …
Who got the power, tell them to fix this, please! 🙂

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Strenki

Well I wish I could tell you have the power, but I don’t. You have a great idea, but for now we have to log out and start again if we’re doing two routes in the same day.

Francois Pienaar
Francois Pienaar (@fhpienaar)
10 months ago

Mad respect, looks awesome. I ride zwift almost every day and haven’t completed nearly half the routes! 🙂

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Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago

Time to start riding all those routes too, Francois! 🙂

Mike Polodna
Mike Polodna
10 months ago

Congratulations on completing the challenge. That’s a lot of time, miles, and elevation. Way to persist!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Mike Polodna

Thanks, Mike!

Per
Per
10 months ago

Hey.
I’am also on the Route but have some problems with the London routes i can’t complet the routes the distance and height dont ad up.

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Per

Sorry to hear, Per. I never had any problems. Do you have Zwift updated to the newest release?

Darryl
Darryl
10 months ago

Well done. You’ve inspired me and I’ve completed several routes, but unfortunately mostly the shorter ones so it looks like I’ll be loading up the back end with long routes (although, I still have time to switch it up and probably will do so). However, yesterday, I completed the 1/2 PRL in London and didn’t receive the badge. I never deviated from the route, and the route bar was completed all the way to the checkered flag. I even went a couple extra miles… Did this ever happen to you? If so, did Zwift support resolve it for you? I’ve… Read more »

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Darryl

I never experienced this. Did you know the route ends at the banner in the mall, not at the top of the climb? That’s the first question.

Daniel
Daniel
10 months ago

Félicitation Monica! It was a real pleasure to follow you all a long and ride with you. You really help
us to push us a bit harder every week and your comments every week were so appropriate about real
life for non-pro cyclist. That give us a good base to start our cyclist training this winter.
jope to ride with you again on the 25th.
Ciao

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Daniel

Awesome, Daniel! Thanks for the encouragment! See you on the 25th!

Darren
Darren
10 months ago

Nice job! I’ve done virtually all of the rides (only a few more of the “reasonable” ones in Watopia to go), but a few of those monster Pretzels and PRLs I probably won’t ever attempt. The Lutscher rides are also a big rip-off from an XP persective – climb the KOM twice for one little 270XP badge.

I’m a slowish rider and 2-3 hrs in the saddle is plenty for fitness.

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Darren

I hear you! I’m slowish too! 8 hours in the saddle was 7 too many. Haha. The XP apparently is decided by mileage.

Ride on!

Alex
Alex
10 months ago

Great job, very impressive!

Thank you for listing all the stats, those really show how little total number of miles means in the big picture. I feel like Zwift should have some extra XP for reaching time and/or calorie goals. That would benefit riders who are willing to put in a lot of time and effort even if they can’t crank out huge w/kg numbers to blast through a bunch of miles. Personally, I benefit from the current system but think that a change would help to keep more riders engaged.

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Thanks, Alex! I usually look at the TSS since I’m a slower rider so I can measure my effort by that. Eric took about 6 hours to do the PRL Full, I took about 9. I told myself “you rode for 3 more hours than he did so got a longer workout!” but sometimes that’s just to make myself feel better about being slow. Haha.

Ryan Christie
Ryan Christie
10 months ago

This is such a cool challenge! Great idea and spectacular job completing it. My wife and I have been picking away at routes but it was such a pain to go into our “achievements” to see what we’ve done and what we haven’t. Your list will be incredibly helpful to have now that I’ve printed it out.
Thank you to both you and Eric for such a great resource and site!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Ryan Christie

Thanks, Ryan! Glad the printout is helpful!

Jim Mattson
Jim Mattson
10 months ago

Wow! That’s quite an achievement. Congratulations!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Jim Mattson

Thanks, Jim!

S Williams
S Williams
10 months ago

Monica, a really enjoyable blog about your physical and mental journey to riding all the routes. I hope it inspires others especially during this difficult time. Chapeau.

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  S Williams

Thanks much, S WIlliams!

Joel
Joel
10 months ago

Congrats Monica!

I’ve started a quest to do all the routes in reverse now. I hope it doesn’t undo all my work to complete them in the forward direction!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Joel

Ha! Yeah, I think you’ll probably lose fitness by doing that! And all your badges will slowly be taken away. It’s like unraveling a sweater. 🙂

Ray Morro
Ray Morro
10 months ago

Congrats Monica! That’s quite an achievement – and you should be proud of completing it, as well as inspiring others. I’m one of those people, so far I’ve completed 50 of 67 routes. Don’t know when I’m going to finish, now that we’re really in outdoors season here in the northeast US. My first choice is to ride outside, but springtime weather can be fickle, and I’m planning on knocking a couple more off over the next few days while we’re having a brief cold snap. They’re all 2-4 bidon routes, nothing really short in distance, so it’s kind of… Read more »

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Ray Morro

Keep at it! Sounds like you have a great plan! Ride on!

MHolden
MHolden (@holdenadventures)
10 months ago

Awesome!! Well done!! I have really enjoyed reading these. Your tips have been great!

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  MHolden

Yay! Glad to help!

Wesley
Wesley
10 months ago

Would love to create another PRL attempt as a meet up or as a larger group? What would you recommend for reaching the highest number of people?

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Wesley

Join a team or club and invite everyone in it! So much better with others!!!

Jon Sweet
Jon Sweet
10 months ago

Well done Monica! It has been fascinating reading your posts and quite an inspiration to me. I have 9 to go and truly admire the resolve you needed to get through them. Thank you for posting and hope to see you in the Volcano on the 25th.

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Jon Sweet

Thanks for the encouragement, Jon! See you on Saturday!

Oliver Radermacher
Oliver Radermacher
10 months ago

Huge effort!!!!! Great you did it!!! It was and is amazing to read about it. Stay healthy and looking forward to next weeks challenge 🙂

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago

Your continual encouragement helped! Thanks much! See you Saturday!

Joe
Joe
10 months ago

Monica, I just tried to complete Greater London route. I rode 20.6 miles, but never got the banner that comes up when the route is completed. Did I do something wrong?

Monica Schlange
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Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Not sure, Joe. Did you choose the route at the beginning, start in the right place, and never turn off the route?

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