By Adam Bezeczky, Regional Communications Manager

Boris Zatezalo is the Facebook Lead in Croatia, located in Zagreb. Boris spoke to us about his experience, following a brief delay due a positive Covid-19 result and isolation period.

Boris Zatezalo

Hi Boris, thanks for taking the time to talk to us. How are you feeling?

My family and I are feeling well, we were lucky, and only experienced some minor symptoms.


How did you participate in the challenge?

It came naturally to me, and I didn’t consider it a sport. I already have made a habit of going to the office on foot, so participating was easy.


How long does it take you to walk to the office?

I am relatively new at Httpool and have been here for 3 months. It’s 11 kilometres in one direction, approximately 1 hour 40 minutes, and I have 35 traffic lights along the way so this can introduce some variation in the time. When I’m in a rush I can do it in 1 hour 15 minutes. 

I try to average 15 km a day, even when I’m not walking. 


What do you listen to while walking?

I try to use the time to be productive, I take calls and participate in telephone meetings where possible and I am not required to be in front of the computer. Otherwise, I will listen to music or podcasts.


How did the quarantine influence you? Have you missed walking?

Of course, I missed walking outside a lot. I started to do some simple exercises indoors to maintain my fitness. 


What kind of equipment do you use daily?

I purchased specialised shoes from a Japanese company, they are expensive, but they are worth the money as my legs don’t hurt after the walks. In the office I just change my socks and shoes and I’m ready to go.


How did the walking start? How did #HttpoolGrows motivate you?

One of my physicians gave me a good scare about my heart a while ago, and that motivated me to start with walking. HttpoolGrows was nice because I was able to walk with a purpose. I felt good that by going one or two additional kilometres, I could help people in Africa and the planet. 


Have you ever participated in any event like #HttpoolGrows?

In former jobs we took part in a ‘citizens days’ at which point staff can help a social organisation, but this was never organized by the company, so Httpool planning and executing this was new for me.


What do you do in winter or bad weather?

There is only one answer for that, it’s not down to the ‘bad weather’, only bad equipment. But yes, I adjust to the season and of course having a raincoat in autumn helps to stay dry while outside.


Is there anything you would like to tell our readers?

Taking care of yourself is easy, you just must ‘do it’, as said in the famous tagline. Everyone must do this for themselves, but you will also meet like minded people to enjoy it with, therefore sport is a great way to socialize while doing something good for yourself.


Boris Zatezalo Purpose

By Adam Bezeczky, Regional Communications Manager

Peter Bodnar Grows Challenge

Peter “Catchmeifyoucan” Bodnar, please tell us who you are and what you do at Httpool?

I have been with the company for 5 months now and I’m the client partner in Chechia for Twitter and LinkedIn. 


So you are new to the company. Have you ever participated in something like #HttpoolGrows?

No, it was my first time. I actually never counted my kilometers before, I started counting when I decided to crash the #HttpoolGrows challenge. I was curious where I would land in terms of ranking, as I also commute to work by bike. But I did not only bike, I did some jogging too, so my results were a combination of both types of exercises.


How did #HttpoolGrows influence your motivation? With almost 500 kilometers tracked in less than a month, you seem to enjoy sports?

Yes, I love to be active and push my limits. It’s good for inner balance and it was a nice competition after I saw that others were putting in a lot of effort. 

Peter Bodnar 1

You and Filip are from the same office. You’ve told me you are planning to have a tour together?

Filip showed me some new routes around Prague. I like to explore new areas by bike, so that’s definitely a nice additional outcome of the #HttpoolGrows Challenge.


Have you got any advice for biking beginners?

Don’t be intimidated by kilometers. Just enjoy how you feel after your bike ride. And I also can only emphasize what Filip said, that the proper equipment is key for enjoying biking.


What kind of bike are you riding?

I have a road bike with a light frame, that’s beneficial if you are going uphill with your bike. Fortunately I can store my bike in the office, and I don’t have to leave it locked in the street.


Do you have anything to share with your colleagues?

I would like to take the time to thank the team for putting together this challenge! And a huge congratulations to everyone who participated! 

Peter Bodnar

By Adam Bezeczky, Regional Communications Manager

Filip Kec

Filip Kec, please tell us who you are and what you do at Httpool?

I’m the managing director of Httpool for Czech and Slovakia. I have been working for Httpool for 3.5 years now.

Filip you constantly topped the charts of our #HttpoolGrows challenge with cycled kilometers. How did that happen?

I have a strong background in sports, I have played ice hockey and baseball but with age I switched more to endurance based sports like cycling or cross country skiing. I cycle around a thousand kilometers a month as I commute to and from work by bike.


Wow that is quite a distance! How did the #HttpoolGrows challenge influence your motivation?

My commute is actually just around 50 kilometers a day, but with the challenge I put in an extra effort. It was nice to see how many employees of the company participated and it of course became a challenge to stay on top. I was surprised how active the people in the company are!

Filip Kec 2

What do you enjoy most about riding the bike? Are you riding in every weather?

I think it’s a very healthy way to start your day – I have a nice route to the office alongside a river. I ride even in winter and rain, I only dislike riding when it’s windy. 


What did you enjoy most about the #HttpoolGrows challenge?

It motivated me to go on longer rides on my way home. And it was a good excuse to allow myself a beer after a good workout. That’s the Czech energy drink.


What advice would you give to new bikers who have started biking because of #HttpoolGrows?

The key is to dress properly for the season. Then you won’t get wet or cold. Also it’s important to keep up the routine, so participating in the challenge was only the starting point. 


What kind of bike are you riding?

I have both a mountain bike and a road bike, both Cannondale top of range carbon fiber rockets.


What is your secret? What advice would you give to your colleagues?

Cycling, just as any kind of healthy workout is beneficial for mental and physical health. I hope that thanks to the #HttpoolGrows challenge more people will keep their routine up. For me, it’s pretty easy to keep it up. Thankfully, my whole family is into sports so it’s not uncommon for us to be cycling together on the weekends.


FK Grows