Ironman Bang Saen 70.3 Race Recap

Where was I?

Ah ya…

We woke up really early, get dressed and I couldn’t eat. Mami Vitri pushed me to eat at least banana and even made me a cup of instant cofee.

A shuttle bus (in a form of TukTuk) picked us up at 4.15. the hotel gave us a sandwich and mineral water for breakfast, I left it at my room….then decided to bring the sandwich. From Wheeler Bed and BIke , only took 5 mins, approx 2.5K, shortly we arrived at transition area.

And what is a race without drama?

That very moment I realized I left my bike shoes at the hotel! DAMN! I forgot what I did, seems I ran to the drop off point and realized it would do no good. The local said there would be another shuttle bus but I doubt. Friends told me to calm down and I tried, entered the transition area and prepared my stuff. Tried to call Alvin who was still in hotel, but he didnt hear. I  figured if I walked back and forth, it could take 1 hour or so, I still have spare time before the transition area close at 6.00 am.

I ran back to drop-off point, and fortunately the last shuttle bus (with Alvin in it) came. I asked for the driver’s mercy, with the help with locals, figured out my condition that I NEED to go back to hotel. The driver said yes, he dropped me off, I asked him “please wait for me for 10 minutes!” With a 20 Baht on his hand! 😀 It wasn’t bribing I hope.

I run frantically to my room and got it! FIUHHHH now I can smile! probably I couldn’t finish swim leg due to the choppy water, but at least I tried (to get the bike), didn’t I? As I re-entered the transisition area, I heard the MC said Fun Fact about this event. He said that in term of age group, the most participants come from Male 40-44! wooo, target market gw donk, mana mana aja nih yang available. *jahil* Udah tenang soalnya. 

Another drama, ban sepeda kurang angin. The was a local participant telling me I should get my wheel pumped.

Damn! I was looking for a pump with an adopter (related to type of the wheel). Agak susah nyarinya, ternyata ada team dari Indonesia yant bawa! Bagus deh, ngga usah ngoceh pake bahasa Inggris. That local guy helped me with my bike, he pumped the wheels. Kap Khun Kaaaaa! Probably excited that someone from overseas came for the sake of this event! He told me he haven’t done Bintan, yet. I assumed it wasn’t  his first time doing half IM, he knew where the events are held.

Fortunately, next to my bike was an empty space, seemed the 1307 cancelled her. There ,  I took Subh Pray.  Next to me (1305 and 1304) were also  Indonesian. I met Dini several time. She gave me dates for extra energy and I asked for her sunblock too. Lupa bawa booo.

I took a gel and small bottle with me, dropped my bag to BAG DROP station, and off to starting pen, I was in Pink Lane. The slowest swimmers, whose pace is 2:30 / 100m and slower. I met Evelyn, good! Had friends to chit chat, then later with Luwung, and Indonesian designer lives in Bali. We entered the waiting area.

The different between Bangsaen and Bintan, the waiting area provided bottled drinking water and plenty of them. Another thing, the EO didn’t allow us to swim after 6 am although race starts at 6.25 am.

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Regrouped with another Indonesian (Including the man behind me). An oriental looking guy came and asked

“Kalian dari Indonesia ya?”

He is Jery (or Geri), an Indonesian living in Laos for several years. He has done that and this half Ironman across South East Asia and annually do Tri Race in Bang Saen. Actually, it was the first time for the 70.3 distance was held under Ironman organizer. Jery also told us a bit about the city, although it’s quite and small, it holds many sport events during a year and the pretty girl next to us is a Thai Model! @mymanow IG nya #penting

Biar wa ngga tegang, wa ngoceh aja terus! I took my gel and drink and another drink. Swimmers entered the water by 5 people, 5 seconds each .

Here’s my recap, it is going to be soooo long.

  • The water was unfortunately still choppy. As predicted, being a slow swimmer I got kicked many time.  I saw many swimmers hanging on a rope.
  • The course was form of an isosceles triangle, 700 m – 500 m – 700m. Berapa luas segitiganya? #krik
  • I pushed hard against the water, otherwise it would take me nowhere like yesterday.
  • I’m a right sided swimmer, I took breath better on right, besides the rope also on my right. Make sure I didn’t get too far from the course.
  • But I remember I have to switch to left side too, breathing on right side , gives pressure on my right ears. After Bintan, my right ear isn’t normal anymore, it has low tolerance to water pressure that gives trouble during my drill.
  • When I took breath from the left, it offered beautiful sunrise.
  • img_0539Done first 700m, I took left turn with sooooooo many swimmers macam zara lagi sale. Hard to move and the ropes that kept the buoy float were disturbing as well. I reached ones and made them as stepping stone (rope)
  • Even 3/4 of the course I still saw some swimmers hanging on the rope and marshal asked were they ok or not. Including the green cappers too. It was a hard sea. But a calm sea will not make a good sailor #apeuuu 🙂
  • Each 100 meters marked by a buoy and abt 200 meters before the sea shore I saw my watch it was 50mins something. I still have 20 mins left before the Cut Off Time.
  • I pushed even harder. Then I felt slightly cramped on my left calf. Oh no!  This is my very first sport, I love swimming my entire life, not completing this leg wasn’t an option. Not today! And I made it. Exactly 1 hr, 9 mins slower from Bintan 10 mins from COT.
  • Alhamdulilah!!!! Untung tuh sepatu gw ambil tadi! I said to myself!
  • Run to transition area, I took a fit bar and alike, a sip of water, and ready to go, yet put the bike back as I think I need Tri Vest on. Kurang kece foto gw nanti tanpa TriVest. Run out to transition area. It was sooooo big as it held 1500 participants. (Hope it also answers question, why no rental bike or alike in Tri event like this 😀 )

Bike LEG

  • The most scariest leg for me as I had flat tyre on my last Tri Race at Bintan Triathlon.
  • We already tested the bike route and Bang Saen famous for its flyovers. The least favorite about the route is there are sooo many speed traps. I saw cyclist lost its tumblers.

    That expression tho’

  • I think I was doing fine on first flyover, another two I said to myself, as yesterday, my friends and I were discussing the route
  • Cyclists were passing me and I looked at them and said “youu…swim slower than me?” #pongah  I silently asked them. Hahahhah kampret sombomg bener gw! When I tackled the flyover, I murmered  Yes, here come one, yes two!  One (flyover) to go, it was the longest flyover or….I thought it was. Wait whatt???? Masih ada flyover lagi???
  • Then it took us in alternate road next to highway. Lurus aja jalannya macam orang mudik. Route was boring and dry.  Then we took left to villagers area. Around Km 20 was a water station I opted not to stop. Km 25 or something I saw the potential winner making his way back to the city.
  • But I can say, I enjoyed the route, undulating, flat, sharp turn, a combination of flyover Bintaro, Kuningan, Gatsu and those beautiful small villages during TDA, Jogja. Chon Buri area is sooo quite, saw locals cheered us up Tapi ngga meriah aja. Emang Indonesia kebanyakan penduduk kali ya.  I think I was soo closed to God since I made pray and dzikir every other mimutes, jangan pecah ban lagi ya Rabb! Please no bike drama! I keep looking at my watch, 30K, 35K…if I took OD I would have finish this leg in less than 15 mins. Why I gave my OD Sungai LIat Triathlon bib up?  Although not hard core, I train regularly. Also the reason why I jumped up to Ironman Distance. See, mending mengutuk selama race  dibanding nyesel  ngga daftar kan apalagi Did Not Start? hahahhahaha!
  • There were still speed traps along this course, sebagian saya tabrak, sebagian saya menghindar ke kiri yang ngga kena trap. 
  • I could passed few cyclists and said “Excuse meeee. Bike on your right” when I wanted to pass them. I felt like I’m the coolest South East Asia female cyclist. nyiahahhahahaha #pongahlevel2
  • Then I stoped my bike to get my tumbler filled with water. I had two bottles with me, plain water and Isotonic. I ran out plain water on Km 35’s I think. Continue my bike and tried to get isotonic drink from Marshal Hand without stopping my bike, and again, gw berasa keren bener!
  • We made U-turn in Km 40’s something, saw few cyclists behind me on my way back.
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  • There was a scenic yet scary route on the way back, by the side of Ban Bhang Pra Reservoir. There was a bridge in front of  us and when  I looked up, I saw cyclists there! Eh gileee jekkkk, nanjak lagi maleeeh? This was the route and why the photographers exist on every tanjakan? muka saya ngga ada yang bener!

 

  • I actually couldn’t recall what really happened. The area was quite on my way back (ya iyalaaah gw lelet, udah ngga ada peserta lagi) I kept riding, kept looking at my watch, 50 K, 55, 65 K and so on. I took both gels (that whas taped on my bike) within 10-20Km distance. There was banana provided but I didn’t stop. Things I regret later.   Also met another Indonesian, both using road bike instead of TT bike. salip salipan gitu deh, hahahhaha. Pas nyalip minta jalannya  pake bahasa Indonesia aja.  Later I knew, many of friends including Acha, Ika and BTR did tracking me. Worrying my whereabout, monitoring via Ironman Tracker app. Thx friends. *blowing kisses*
  • Just around 10K back to race area, Evelyn passed me. I look my watch, it was almost 11.30 am, I had spare time before COT at 12. 00 pm.
  • So, finished in 3 hr : 40 mins. With the headwind / side wind along the course (bikin berat boo) I think I was doing fine. Another wish was granted that day! Alhamdulilah!

Run Leg

  • Back to transition area, I took another fit bar. Took my bib with me and drank plenty of water. 
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  • I was almost 12 pm when I started the run, under hot scorching sun! I did power walk as @ayu_soemardoko told me. But those evil hills laid on Bangsaen Seashore were devil!!! drained my energy to the lowest level. #lebay
  • When I jsut started the run, I saw Vitri was making her last loops, she told me water station were good! plenty of food.
  • It was a-3-loop-track, steep hills, and hills and hills again! Go check my Strava account for details. If you ran Bali Marathon, the similar hills like in Km 21, repeat 9 times!
  • Vitri was right, there were sooooooo many food available, isotonic, cola, water melon, gels, banana even its ice cream and its traditional food made from sticky rice.
  • I saw many army and there was a group of people, covering one lady. She was the princess,  the first grandchild from the late Rama IX.
  • Since it was looping, saw many friends and they were motivating me. Sunu, Pak Idham, Bagus and the younger Bagus.
  • around 3K before the end of the loop, they gave us rubber band in three color. Princess and her group took her second and I of course took the first rubber band.
  • Done first loop,  mein Gott! another 14K. I never sign up for a race again EVER!!! EVER, ever! I cursed myself during this hot sunny day. I shouldn’t waste my money, I could just lying on my bed today. get manicure, pedicure, hair spa, full body massage. What a waste of 8 hrs ++ geee. 
  • I can’t remember what I ate, I stoped in every water station, eat that banana, water melon, ice cube, cola, isotonic in random oder. I took sponge threw them repeat countless time,
  • Near finishing the second loop – which also the check point Cut Off Time, the committe still allowed to go. I really wanted to give up, yet there was no appropriate “resting place” it’s either hot (34 degrees, thank you very much), many garbage (by Water Station ) smelly — yang namanya even kayak gini banyak yang pipis sembari jalan aja..so, imagine yes? 😀  and even …. monkeys 🐵 , ya dalah yaaaaa gw lanjutin aja dengan sisa sisa⁣ tenaga.
  • But fortunately, I didn’t get cramp. I was doing oke. I was the last person who got the 3rd loop rubber band! The marshals were about to go back to race village. -__-    I knew I couldn’t make it. meh!
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NOTE, that Briyani wasn’t for me!

  • On my way to third check point, there was intersection. It was near my hotel, and there was no marshal anymore. I had to cross the streed muyself. they already open the road for public. double meh!
  • Long story short, technically I managed to cross the finish line, but 9 mins after they close the gate.⁣
  • The race director came to me and said he was sorry I didn’t make it and gave me a T shirt.
  • Ingin kuberkata kasar “kata loee enjoyable course maliihhh!” cih! 
  • I talked to him on Friday, as I explaiend to him I wear hijab I need long pants on swimming leg. In Bintan, I had to argue as the rules didn’t allow pants above the knee. Lupa gw kenapa aturannya.
  • And muss ich sagen, thank you very much Mami Vitri, Bu Thya and Sunu  who had patiently waiting for me. The ladies got their Personal best Time on this devil course. 

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  • Came back to transition area, regrouped with Natali and Dini. None of us finished this race. hahahhahaha! Natali was only 2 mins too late! kejam kalian panitia! 
  • I saw that local guy who pumped my wheel, he made it. when I told him I didn’t he said give it a try another year. “Or I’ll see you again in Bintan!” yeah right!  Unfortunately I can’t remember his name.I even forget his Bib though he was in front of me on transition area.

So why it didn’t work.

  • My refueling is big homework, i suffered from bloating few days ahead. I was hungry during run leg yet keep drinking cola and isotonic.
  • I barely practice long swimming.
  • Of course, the  run as well.
  • I should have my weight lost few kg as well.  Perhaps.
  • yet, I break my own words, I’ll sign up for an endurance again. hahahahahhaha

My viem for this race

  • Give it a try! It was a good race. Thailand is affordable for Indonesia, food are great! I regret I didn’t extend my stay in Bangkok.
  • The finisherpix is FREE!!! Otherwise it took USD 100 or something!

SEE YOU ON THE NEXT RACE! 5K color run :)) :))

PS : re-read my Bintan Swim Leg recap, I lied.

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bang saen, Thailand Trip

Last Friday, I flew to Thailand again! My 3rd (or fourth perhaps, I suddenly remembered a pic of me and my mom when I was 3/4) to this Negara Gajah Putih.

I planned this trip in mid 2018, when I wanted to shape my body again with a mission! Hahahahah. I decided to cross another long pending bucket list back to Triathlon Race in an Ironman 70.3 Format!

of courseee….with beloved friends from Bintaro Trojan Runners, who elssseeee?

Arrived at the airport, lapor bea cukai karena bawa sepeda, supaya ngga masalah pas pulang, then off we go….

We arrived at Shuvarnabhumi Airport around noon, it’s my first time entering this country via this airport. A bit chaostic but no blowing horn took place (riwereh banget, tapi ngga resek klakson klakson) .

Pak Bagus already arranged pick up serviced with a rented van that cost Baht 2000 one way.

PS : if i wrote down expenses, my purpose is to give the readers how much will it cost! Not brangging how much money I have and spent!

Bangsaen trip took approx 1hr from the airport. We stayed at the new Wheeler Bed an Bike Hotel. A bike theme hotel.

The exterior

It even has a bike holder in each room.

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Shortly after we arrived at the hotel, we went to the venue with a shuttle services, Race Package pick up.

img_3654Since Ironman event had been on my bucket list for quite a while, seeing finally my name on Name of Athletes made me sooooooooo HAPPY!!!! Until I realize I signed with nama yang kebalik. Whatever! Lagi ngigo kayaknya! Hahaha

I always wanted to pose like this!! Like those triathelte whose account I followed on Instagram.

 

 

 

Also bought some merchandise, and else. Spent the rest of the day by leyeh leyeh. Nope, we build our bike. 😉

Saturday, 23rd Feb

After we had breakfast, Vitri, Iwe, Sunu, Alvin and I tested the bike route, we can also figure out wehter  our bike works well or not.

Gee, I feel like sooo damn keren, since Bisa sepedahan di luar negeri! Jiahahahhahaha. #bahagiaitureceh

Back to hotel, changed our clothes since we wanted to do swimming test.

I decided to use contact lens again since I do need sunglasses! Damn hot! I haven’t using ones since a year ago. I borrowed my sister sunnies, as I lost mine 😀

I never did open water training for this race, and Bang Saen’s wave is soooo….scary!

The water was very choppy, it was hard for me to move! I checked my Garmin. I swam for almost 1K with a very slow pace.

The current was so strong! I was dumbfounded, seems there’s no way I could swim 1900m (may be more) in 1 hour 10 min! I texted my sister, bisa selesai renang gw dah bahagia deh! Serem bener lautnya.

We had lunch near by and I think Thailand food is the most delicious food in the world after, of course, Indonesian Food!

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Its pad thai was soo tasty! Lecker

 

The Name of the Restaurant

This city is quite. Macam Anyer kali ya, the city where Bangkok people came for weekend.

The Intersection for Running Leg

I wonder what people of Bang Saen do for Living. At 2 pm, I ride back to venue area alone. Others took nap.This is my first individual Half Ironman Race ( it was a relay when I did Bintan) also I took my bike to transition area and collected my timing chip.

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with volunteers

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I love seeing my names on screen 😉

Thai people have limited English, yet they eager to help. I took pose with the volunteer.

Race Briefing

I also did Transition Touring, so I can figure out where the swim/ bike/ run in and out. I highly suggest you guys do it, especially this is your virgin IM race.

I went back to hotel to take nap back to venue. We decided to Have dinner in Mall, although race organizer provide coupon for Carbo Loading. Biar ngga rugi rugi amat, gw ambil ice cream aja! Hahahahahahah

( oh yeaaah, anak kota besar harus banget nge cek mall lokal)

we took grab, and the driver was Thailand Muslimah. She greeted me

” Assalamualaikum” when I hopped into her car. She also has limitted English.

Back to hotel, finalizing our stuff again.

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For this race, I took 2 gels taped on my bike (Thank you Ashar for the tips), left one in bike pouch, two fit bars to eat after swim and bike, electrolit water in a bidon, plain water in another bidon.I kept myself hidrated since D-2 (which was a bit late) both plain water and electrolit.

To be continued…

(race recap) Ironman Bintan-swim leg


My friend went to Singapore for Half Marathon 2XU race. She finished her run in so-so pace. It was hot and humid that day, she explained her so-so timing. One of her friends commented on why bother flying abroad for the sake of finsiher medal. But yeah, finisher medal for 2XU race is cool. One in Jakarta last year is also nice.

So, due to that comment (for Getget), Yola wanted to make a relay team in Ironman 70.3 event. Like I told you last year, Ironman races are costly. The closest and affordable one from Jakarta are either Putrajaya, Malaysia or Bintan. The later it is! :)) Geget is a friend we met in Berlin which incidentally my junior in high school.

If you wonder why there is “70.3”, here is the explanation.

I, being the slowest of the last two legs, of course opted to do the first leg, swimming! I am not fast swimmer though. But from the other two, yeah, I am better! Ha! Hope that  explains the swimming’s log I wrote 😀

Saturday, 27 Agustus 2016

There were shuttle buses every 30 mins  available for every hotel partner, Nirwana is included. We went to Lagoi with the bus to collect our race pack. Ada Indomie goreng — FTW — as Indofood is one of the sponsors.

After we picked up our race pack, we just wander around. The open water trial was scheduled at  4.00 pm. I made friend with Vilcie, Indonesian married to Singaporean and lives there since years ago. It was her husband’s first time doing half ironman. He was also in Bintan Triathlon last year. How come we didn’t meet? 😀

Anyway, in the regulation actually it is probihitted to have long sleeve and below knee swim wear. I asked one of the people from RO, she said it would not be problem for hijaber like me. I was the only hijaber female in the event.

Even though you can have your swim practice at your desired time, one which is scheduled by the organizer provides marshals along the course. So, it would be more safety. But at 5pm, sharp, all the marshals went back to sea shore and left the remain swimmers behind. Be sure you practice your strokes within 1 hour.

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When I entered the water, I wasn’t sure of what I was doing. Nervous and literally was sick. I had my warm up for about 400 meter back and forth  from sea shore to first yellow buoy and I stopped in the middle. Numb!

Someone : “Are you ok?”

Me : ” I’m fine. It’s ….far!” Trying to smile.

Someone : “it’s ok! it’s going to be fun! Are you doing this race all by your self”

me : (dalam hati) sianjisssss!! kelihatan muka perempuan lemah! :D.  “Neah! I’ll do relay. I am with two other friends”

He is from Philippines and works in Singapore for the past few years! So thoughtful of him, though! Having conversation with a stranger in the middle of the sea is….rare! Right? 😀

There was a carbo-loading dinner  party, in which I didn’t feel like eating. Meh!  The fever, cough and cold were bothering me.

Food was okay, tough. There was a couple sat in front of us, they were from South America (the girl from Bolivia, the men from — I forgot) who now reside in Timor Leste! I always have this “whoaaaa” thing whenever I met people from this continent! It is really at the other side of Indonesia! I -myself- always wondering what it is like at that side of the world!  I wish I’ll fly to Costarica or Chili or Belize one day! (Can I get the Amien?) The Mrs was very nice! Bintan was her second Ironman race and she did the first one in South Africa!

Sunday, August 28th 2016!

we had breakfast at 4.15 am at Nirwana Garden! zzzzzzz. I forgot what I ate! some carbo perhaps!

Shuttle bus from Nirwana to Lagoi should be departed at 4.45 am , but not arrived until 5.15 am! Tapi ya, namanya peserta bukan dari Indonesia, itu orang Malaysia (sama sama Melayu  lho ini!), Singapur dan WNA lain sudah rapih antri bejejer dua baris menunggu bus! Ngga gerombolan macam orang Indonesia nunggu! Buat saya, budaya antri ini masih langka dan sulit diterapkan di negeri ini. Harus ada yang ngawasin. 

Good thing most of participant were overseas athletes, they were making line to queue, so first one first serve.

To make it short, we arrived 15 mins later, Getget preparing her transition. I went to start line to have warm up. Things that I forgot, bringing my own water. Air laut asin, my man! i asked for freshwater from who ever I know :))

During warm  up, I was very nervous again. Then, pak Tri Handoyo, former CEO Commuter Line, asked me whether I was oke or not. I replied the same answer as yesterday! I often saw him in trail races as well.
Anyway, as any event in Indonesia, what was the opening act? Yeah speech! Then, our National Anthem was played! It gave me goosebumps ! Singing national anthem with other 300 Indonesian (amateur) athletes among 900 participants, 50 meter from the sea shore! Asli merinding!!!!  Guess who sang the loudest? Pak Tri Handoyo, of course! well, thank you for your team work, sir! Commuter train is soooooo  much better, now!

the first swim wave for Male Pro Athelete at 6.am and next waves start every 5 minutes. Mine, as a relay team along with individuals with Age group > 50 years old, was in the last wave and start at 6.30 am. Eh, btw, don’t underestimate the uncles and aunties! They swim very fast lah! 

You know what? I was in starting pen when I heard the pro had done with his swim! WHAT? 1.9 km swim with less than 25 minutes?

Anyway, start line started 50 meters  from the sea shore. The water was chest-high. But it was not chrystal clear though!

6.30 sharp! There went my turn  and….I got kicked many many time as I predicted! Being slow swimmer I am!  Gila nih orang orang, kayak ikan piranha!!!!! 

One faster swimmer was doing breast stroke and had his/her feet landed in my eyes! WTF moment!!!!  Well, it happens a lot  in swimming leg! So, no hard feeling! :))

My personal target is 1 hour to complete the 1.9km course. I was swimming besides someone for the first 400 meters, then I lost him/her. On my own, in the middle of the sea. I did what Akbar, my coach, told me, relax swim, use my legs to kick and go with the flow.

Every 5-6 strokes, I look in front (we call this SIGHTING) so, I won’t be too far from the buoy. There was no rope after the turn. Many many times I got carried away by the current so I have to do breast stroke to keep me stay  in course.

I kept looking at my Garmin 400 meter, 650 meter, 800  meter….

Then I cursed:

“Hanjissss! Jauh amat ini 1.9km!!!!”

Why 1.9km is so far in the sea? :))

“I will never do it again! EVER!”

Oh yeah! I just knew I’m good at cursing while swimming and sighting!
Fool story was, on last turn, I took the wrong course. A marshal said,

“salah jalur, ke sebelah sana!!”

He asked me to swim to the other course as I took the wrong track. I didn’t pay attention what the organizer said earlier in start line. Blame the fever!

This is what the course like :

Done with swim, went to transition area to give the timing chip to Geget.

My Timing!

Accompany my sister for a while, then I went back to hotel again to have shower and extra rest.Note : MAC Liquidlast Liner worked tremendously !  #gilak #penting #abis! It stayed after I had my swim! gw baru nyadar letak paripurna wajah gw yang pas-pasan ini terletak pada eyeliner instead of lipenstip :))! 

Went back to Lagoi again with some other relay participants who would do the running leg! Oh em gee, why my sister came to event from the very beginning.
Oh, there was another WTH moment on this bus. It was run out of gas! Aslik! Gw complain ke sopir kok ngga prepare? The participants of course being nervous and pissed off! One from Singapore, with his limited Bahasa Melayu did complain to the driver and I act as translator as well. me, being the only Indonesian in the bus.
I wonder why the organizer use this vendor? They had ugly buses too! For an Ironman’s event, I wonder the local authority plays unfair business. I blamed it more to the local vendor rather than the organizer. As you may aware, there are still  some kongkalikong  practice take place within our country.

To make it all the recap short, it took 1 minute before Bike’s  Cut Off Time for Getget to finish her leg then Yola started her run at 12.00! UNDER VERY SCORCHING SUN! She almost gave up on Km 10 due to her cramped legs. Both legs. Geget lack of practice due her busy schedule. I am glad I had 10 mins shorter swimming time from  my target, otherwise, Yola wouldn’t have her run.

While waiting for Getget, Vilcie was there too. I wonder whether her husband made it before bike Cut Off Time.

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A friend of mine sent private message to me, asking when will I have this race all by myself? I can’t tell and not able to set a target! It requires hard work and discipline! Now that I’m sick ( my fever got worst, I have ear infection as I told you here, and still have tp  undergo some treatments), doctor won’t allow me to have hard exercise for the next 2 months. Waving goodbye to Tokyo Marathon 2017!

so, Ironman in Whistler , perhaps? 😉

yaaaa kaliii dehh, ke Luar benua  gotong-gotong sepedaaaa! 

The Third Winner



PS : the day before the event, I learned that my coach, Nusa, passed away due to accident. on Satuday morning around 2 am. He died on the way to hospital! Rest in peach coach! No more yelling

“Mbak Kiky, kepalanya jangan dongak! Pegel nanti!

“Kakinya nendang ke bawah, jangan ke atas!”

from the side of the pool.

Rest in peace, Nusa! Thank you for everything!

Nusa in green