Why am I tormenting myself all the week before New Year’s Eve?

am Oleksii Khmara and I from Ukraine. I just ride the #festive500 marathon and feel very happy. And still very sick, because I can`t walk normally right now. I have a lot of hurt of my legs and just do not bend my knees.

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But I really want to congratulate everyone who participated this marathon and proved to everyone that you could do more than imagined for yourself. I admire each and every one of you. It does not matter what distance you riding: a few hundred kilometers, or more than a thousand. You are all heroes and winners. So, bravo ladies and gentlemen!

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My marathon story is really simple, but very personal. Because this story concerns me directly.

Two years ago, I almost did not ride a bike. I could not drive for more than 20 kilometers and was afraid of falling all the time. This April I first took part in the bike marathon and traveled 100 kilometers in 6 hours. It’s a long time, I know. But this September I ride a similar marathon only in 3 hours. So my performance has improved several times in last six months. I rolled over 4.5 thousand kilometers this year and I am proud of myself.

This is not much, I know. Because I saw in Strava many participants who driving 100 or more kilometers every day and have over 10,000 or even 15,000 kilometers a year. They are the best, that’s true. Perhaps I will have such results once.

And now I was riding a festive 500 marathon. Every day I had to drive 100 and more kilometers. And I did it. I spent 6 hours on each 100 kilometers of the road. Again like this spring. Why so? Because I really injured my knees before the marathon. And I thought I could not pass the desired distance. But still decided to try and just have fun.

It was hard for me, I almost could not walk and I could not turn the pedals at all. But I did it. I completed the festive 500 marathon. Hooray!

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You know this marathon for me personally is not about how many kilometers to turn before the New Year Eve. This is about the opportunity to breathe fresh air, to visit a place where I have not been for a long time, and to think about really important things.

I guess you know that riding a bike during the marathon is quite boring. So, this is a great opportunity to think important things for yourself and try to solve issues that have been troubling for a long time.

That is why I call this competition “A Road to Yourself Marathon”. For example, I leave my job almost two years ago. And then began to ride a bike during this marathon, I finally decided what to do next for my career and began to think about what to do with my life.

It’s still nice that the weather in Ukraine is cold and often rainy right now. This is a great weather for thinking a lot when you are going on a bike for a long time.

So I really happy for this ability to listen myself, my bike and the road. Even if I have to overcome huge pain, bad weather, difficults at home and a lot of laziness.

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I guess that’s exactly on what the #festive500 marathon about.

Thank all organizers for this opportunity to challenge myself.

See you soon.

Happy and Wonderful Holidays!

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Oleksii Khmara

Ukraine

03/01/2018

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