First of all, if you are expecting to find some kind of work out plan on how to prepare for a 1.000km bike ride on here, then, I must disappoint you because I don’t even have a clue how to prepare for such a trip.
Well, now you could say: How about cycling every day and then every day a little bit more?
In that case, I guess that is the work out plan you probably were looking for. You’re welcome!
However, I am going to do Expedition1000GER without any significant physical preparation as I do for most of my challenges. There are reasons why I do it that way.
The first reason is that I want to learn about my physical and mental boundaries. I want to figure out what my body and mind are capable of handling. I know that if I want to accomplish this challenge within two weeks, I have to cycle a little bit more than 70km per day. That sounds pretty doable to me although I know through my previous cycling trip experiences that 70km can be quite far if your bike is packed with camping and survival equipment and you have to push all this extra weight for several hours every day. Especially pushing it uphill can be a pain in the a**. Thus, I already know that I must go on my current physical boundaries every day to accomplish this challenge. Now I am wondering if even my mind can handle that. Thinking about cycling 1.000km and going through that pain scares me but most importantly I am excited. Right now, my mind is set up for this challenge and I feel ready to go.
The other reason why I don’t do any extra training for this trip is that it is also supposed to be a journey. It is not a race. According to the saying: The journey is the reward.
During my cycling trip across Denmark last year, I met an elderly lady from Sweden on the island Ærø. At that point, I cycled about 250km within three days and was already quite exhausted. She was probably in her late sixties. I told her about my pain and also mentioned that I feel like the slowest cyclist on this planet. After I was done telling her about my little aches and pains she told me that she is cycling every summer for three months all over northern Europe but mainly in Scandinavia since she got retired. She is doing that without any training beforehand. I felt like a complete fool for acting like a baby. However, she gave me a different perspective on traveling by bicycle, saying: First of all, I am the slowest cyclist on this planet. Secondly, you will forget about the pain as soon as you made it on the top of a hill or a mountain and go downhill without pedaling for a while. It is such a rewarding feeling and it is worth all the pain. There was no reason to contradict her. I mean, how could I contradict a lady of her age. She is absolutely right. These are definitely some of the best moments on a cycling trip and definitely make you feel alive.
However, all of that does not mean that I am a couch potato and that I never work out. Currently I am working a regular 40 work-hours job and spend most of that time in the office in front of a computer screen. Due to that, I am trying to work out as often as possible just to stay in shape and not to become fat. These workouts are usually one hour runs alongside the Flensburg Fjord, more or less regular workouts at the gym or occasional football sessions with friends or coworkers. On average about three to five workouts per week. I even try to go to work by bike as often as possible just to get some extra exercise. But to be honest, most of the time that doesn’t work out very well.
Having said that, I am convinced that I can accomplish this challenge if I concentrate all my energy and stay positive throughout the whole trip. I am sure if an almost 70 years old lady can cycle every year for three months I can accomplish Expedition1000GER.
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