(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.

swim course

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

 

 

BSJ – Jakarta Race Series 5K race recap 

This is  my fourth year participating on this event whilst the third for my kids. The event suppose to be held on feb 28th, unfortunately it was raining and lightning on the D day so the organizer canceled the race and May 15th was the replacement.

It is a must do race for me, simply because we’d run in Bintaro! Kampung sendiri 😉
Cince kiddo#1 would have Ujian Nasional the following day, I asked her to stay at home. So  there were only me and kiddo #2 joined the race.
Since this was a postponed-race,there were only few runners, really reduce in number but not quality.

Anyway, race start at 6.45 am and the route was exactly the same like it was years ago!
at km 1.5, it was downhill and slippery area. It was raining hard last night, Kevin fell down and his right knee was bleeding.

He cried a bit, I asked him if you want to finish the race just walk.

However, he did run and left his overweight mother behind.
There was water station at km 2.5, I took a sip as kiddo#2 took my hand tumbler with him. I couldn’t caught his sight ever since! To make story short, it took 39 mins something for me to cross the finish line which means few mins faster for kiddo#2. He said it was 37 mins something when he crossed the finish line.

 

about to cross the finish line

picture taken by Oki Pan

Last year, at the same event, it took 40:11 for him to cross the finish line.

Seine neur Best Zeit –his new PB.

 

Bintaro Trojan Runners

 

There were 2 Busselton Ironman Finishers  (the city is in Western Australia, if you are wondering) and IM 70.3 finisher in the picture. While Pak John (the white man, UK origin) got 2nd Podium, 19 mins for 5K. The rest are just-for-fun runners 😉
On the way home, kiddo#2 said he breath better. I told him that is because his swimming class. I sent him to a swimming class to support his soccer class. The swimming course supervised by Elsa Manora, yeah…the ex national athlete whose oldest sister was my all time national athlete favorite! Ratu Kolam di jamannya. If you are in my age, you can guess who I am referring to!

Anyway, I offered him to take another class, so it will be twice a week, but he said No.

oh well…

Sentul Half Marathon Race Recap

Endlich! Die erste race des Jahre!  After 120 days, Ich bin zurück! I signed up for shorter distance tho and Thanks God I did! Tell you why! A continue of midlife crisis #teeeheeee really made all hell broke loose!

Lack of practice, mood drop, bad food intake, didn’t do good on something I’ve prepared for month. meh! And  honestly speaking, I didn’t prepare anything for this race. Just miss having pic of me with finisher medal posted in Every soc-med I have! hahahah! bear with me!

March 27th, 2016

Woke up at 2.30 am after only 2 hours of sleep because Valas would  picked me up at 3.30 am about the same time, maling pulang. Arrggh!  thanks to midlife crisis-rewriting novel kehidupan!  You gave me sleepless night:((

Fortunately, she was with Lora so she allowed me to have extra hour of sleep. Another hour, we arrived at Sentul Convention Centre  (SCC) where the race took place and had sholat shubuh there. After checking other Bintaro Trojan Runners where about, warming up, group photos (of course!) we went to starting pen.

The Half Marathon distance started at 6.00 am! SHARP!

Another 15 mins, for us, the 10K runners! yeah! I made  a pledge with Maktin and Acha we would stick together until finish line do us part!

Anyway, told ja! The starting pen start at SCC complex, I learn the route days before to expect the killer hill and wonder how the race organizer would  work with the traffic as it would be some intersections!

It was….bad! Honestly speaking!

here is the recap :

  • For 10 K route, 500 meter from Hotel Haris all the way to the round about and turn left, passing  Giant Hypermarket straight ahead   to sentul city/taman budaya.
  • The first intersection and there were metersssssss of car lines. Waiting for runners. Of course, some of them get upset! They have waited for 10 mins! This is our first hill before entering the gate to Sentul City area. I wasn’t surprise! been here hundreds of time 😀

 

First Hill

  • Next intersection was just near the gate. The organizer closed the road for quite some time  and I hate the sounds of blowing horn. I heard one of the marshals  speak over the TOA even said “Pak, malu sama pakaian ngancungin saya jari tengah!” bahahahhaha. So there is a mosque near the gate, seems one of the jamaah  still wearing peci ,sarong and baju koko, felt annoyed by the traffic! Not sure why, don’t care either.
  • In my surprise, we make a left turn a little after that! Aha! this is new route for me!!! Never ran in this area before, here’s a another hill! I think it was in  Km 3-4! ah, beautiful!

MakTin on the (hilly) Move!

regram from @mesarace. We saw a photographer and MADE him took our picture! It was a sharp hilly track, we gave our best smile and (for sure) cursed after that :))

  • Setelah ada tanjakan, pasti ada turunan! And yeah…yay! Downhill!!!!!
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Yay! downhill yaaaayyy! *NOT*

  • It is in Km 5 probably, we are out of this housing complex went to main road again. Another intersection, but there were less cars this time. Probably they already learn the situation.  yep, down and up and up and up again turn left before ruko-ruko !Maktin and Acha had left me when I took picture down hill.
  • I caught with them again in third water station, and finally! they offered isotonic drink! Seeeeee! There were no isotonic drink in previous WS. I was tired then fortunately someone offered me date! I took one.  Meine Gott! Ich hatte Glück. Even Maktin forget to bring ones. She’s the one who always prepared extra food for us! I feel like I had extra energy! Let alone the salt stick!
  • Down hill passing the famous Ah Pong, before that I met Rika. So I jog with her. It was 7.30 am something and sun shines VERY bright! It as HOT! HOT! HOT! I cursed yet feel lucky that I signed up for 10K! bahahhaahhahahah
  • Another 1 km, we went straight back to SCC again. Another intersection, but this time was also with good (traffic management)
  • Well, as already posted in my Instagram , we crossed the finished line together and result said
    • Acha 1:27:03, Maktin 1:27:04, Sikiky 1:27:03! Ich finde es süß. Sweet, isn’t it? hahahahah  Rika 1:27:29

Golden Girls

Happiness is the moment you see the finish line after cursing like 13,456 times “Set dahhh…nih tanjakan ngga selesai selesai sikk” 

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First Medal in 2016

  • Owh, the elevation gain for 10K was 100 m something while it was 300m for HM.
  • And…while I was waiting for Valas to cross the finish line, it was like 8 am already. I saw many speechless  or may be palm faces =)) for HM runners . Heat was unbearable! for hundreds of time I  was thankful that I signed up for 10K! It took 3 hours for Valas to cross the finish line!
  • So, in my opinion, the race organizer was so-so! Marshals were great tho! they still waiting for all HM runners to cross the finish mat eventhou it was almost 10 am. anyway, due to its brutal hilly track, Seems I won’t be back again for longer distance 😀

However, i think I still love running, I’ll be back again oh…well perhaps! but no more long run =))

Bis Später! 

 

2 X U compression Race Recap

OOT : sorry for the protected post on my previous post. you know where to reach me to get the password  if you want to read it.

Allright, where are we?

(in my opinion) this was the most long awaited race! The famous 2XU compression Run finally in Jakarta! Years ago, the 2XU race in Singapore were (and I think still ) very famous for Indonesia runners, as we barely had running races! Let alone the Half Marathon distance. IN 2014 (or was it in 2013) they even have the Full Marathon distance. I think one of most favorite ones besides Sun Down Marathon and the famous Singapore Standard Chattered  Marathon that will be held next two weeks.

back to tanah air, while the famous Adidas King Of The Road has been absent for two years (including in all neighbouring countries where they usually held the race such in singapore, KL, Manila and Bangkok) and seems that, after the accident to one of the runners last year, no more Standart Chattered Half Marathon which already held since 2011! that explains why this race would be “sangat ditunggu tunggu” beides Nike Bajak Jakarta, perhaps.
Thus, when The famous koko Willy Sanjaya  sent the teaser, guess we (runners) went nut! the well known brand finally has its races in Jakarta.
when the registration opened, as expected the server went down :))

It was sold out in few hours and koh Willy gave another slots…and another and another.

to make it short, I signed up for HM distance that cost IDR 575K something,  and would received socks from Newton, 2XU race tee and 2XU finisher tee for HM distance only.

hence, that’s explain why this race is famous! ngarepin kaos 2XU brayyyyy!

Fast forward, Unfortunately, I  didn’t get a change to have a long run after my Full Marathon. longest distance was only 7Km when I had my morning run with Ejah at CFD.
When I was a volunteer for The Jakarta Marathon, oct 26th 2015, I felt Jakarta’s temperature was at its worst. No raining for weeks and it was — even though not as thick as in Sumatra islannd — actually sky was covered by haze! I barely saw sky crappers from distance. Trust me, as non private cars users in Jakarta on weekdays, I do look up the sky from pedestrian bridge, etc. At this point i was thinking of giving my BIB.

Yet, couple of days before D days, rainy days had come. I could see a blue sky again from my front porch. Thus, I decided to go.
Taking taxi to cut the hustle, I picked Mas Eri and Pak Donny after shubuh pray, and as expected traffic to AEON Mall was heavy! It was 5.15 am were still in the cab, while race would start at 5.30am.

I was a bit nervous since…I brought a bag with me. changing clothes and power bank 🙂 my mistake! eri said jokingly

“udah loe bawa lari aja tuh tas”

#pret!

and what is race without “eh ya ampun, gw lupa kalau…”

I left my sunglasses this time! meh! running in BSD and forget sunnies. BIG MISTAKE! 

Anyway, I managed to drop the bag 5 mins before start and met friends from Bintaro Trojan Runners at start line
5.30 am sharp, the race began. Here’s my recap:

– i ran with Evi and Rika, also from Bintaro Trojan Runners. Evi just had her virgin FM I Jakarta with a respective  time for me :)) It was her first FM and di jakarta boooo matahari ada 17 langit coklat ketutup debu!

– first 5K was oke with me. Evi was pacering me. it was 38mins something for 5K

– at 8K something I took salt stick, I felt body temperature increase already
– before 10K, I said Evi to go ahead. I felt so tired. I started to walk
– Anyway it’s BSD, yet, good job grom RunID, the most professional race organizer for me, they creates new loop, new route. walaupun view nya itu itu aja sik. tapi rutenya baru, they always come up with new route! good job!
– at Km 15, I really lost mood for running. my sister passed me, she had toilet break previously. at this point, I walked. anyway sponge were available  and it was heaven!
– water station were nice! every 2Km i think! thanks God! there were like 17 suns above BSD! Panasssssss! I took an ice block and put in my jersey!!! it melted right away!

Yisca sent me this. have no idea where was it

– at Km 17, I saw the opposite way, my fast runners friend like bu thya, Pak Giri, Valast, Diana, Deio were…walking! they were at km 20’s!

i was surprise,

“panas! malas lari” mostly said so.
– There was a U  turn at Km 19, I saw Namira from the other side, I waited for her. so i wont get boring walking alone.
– we managed to take pic with this sign. bahahahahahhahaha.

look at back ground. It’s like in Bahrain instead of BSD

i saw many finishers cheered us and said “hayuh, finisher tee nya keren lo”

we threw smile and walked, they were very sweet. Few seconds after that  “rapihin dulu penampilan, biar finish kece”
there it is! Alhamdulillah ngga pakai kram aja sih! 3 hours 15 mins!!! Bahahahhahah! sure it wasn’t my PB!
anyway, gw ngga mau bela diri of my ugly performance. never do strength training and my bike has been too long in the garage. skip swimming class soooo many times.

I was lack of practice, I didn’t pay attention to my intake! It was also a slap on the face that I must watch my intake again as I’m not getting any younger.

I didn’t drink electrolyte D-3 like I used to before long distance run, i (again) consume trash like candies and flavored-bottled-water, oily and processed food, dan lain sebagainya.

there’s always lesson to learned on every race. 🙂
and anyway, seems I wont sign up for any race in BSD again :)) until those trees have grown BIG! next 5 years perhaps? hahahah
I think I am only good running in four seasons countries, however my Bank account doesn’t say so. TEEEE HEEEEE!

medal is nice though!

until my next race ! I signed up for Tahura Trail 21km next January. Wish me luck!


PS : klik here for 2016 Compression Run in Singapore. IN case you’re interested!

Berlin Marathon 2015 Race Recap

It’s First November, last day for Berlin ballot 2016 😀 and New York Marathon just start few mins ago. Finally, post of the main reason of my Europe Trip 🙂

it was in December 2014, when I had 4 eyes conversation with Ishida-san back In Singapore #penting #pisan, a text message arrived at my mobile phone said my credit card was charged Euro 100++ for SCC events!

whoa! I made it to for Berlin Marathon 2015 Ballot 🙂
so did my sister, Noni and Manda. The B and the F sisters 😀

Thus, i decided to ditch my Paris Marathon bib (bye bye Euro 100 bib -___- )  and signed up for a triathlon race in H1 2015! In which,  i never regret *WINK* Unlike my life, my race is well planned #eh 😉
later we knew that Riefa, Corry and Kak Oi were coming too!

well as told here , 2 months before the D Day I was supervised by a coach. my level of fitness and endurace dropped to its lowest point #meh. I finished my 30K practice in….5 hour something! Felt like a loser already!

Thursday, 24th September

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picking up race pack at the expo. for runners, before picking up the race pack, it is mandatory for us to wear the blue bracellet until the race day. and must show it to the starting pen area.’s a sign that you’re a legal runners not using fake BIB.

little confession: I still have the bracellet #susah #moveon

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Blue Ribbon

and owh, I picked the finisher tee too. yes, unlike SCMS, BMBM, or else may be, the finisher tee is not part of registration fee. I paid for another 30euro if i’m not mistaken. forgot!

so, if you plan to join Berlin Marathon better order in prior. My pic holding the bib was taken by a Mexican now lives in Virginia, USA. His name is Alejandro and Berlin Marathon 2015 would be his 4th FM. He was with his wife (forgot her name). He said last year, he undergo his third FM in Athens! (oh my goshhh…the original Marathon!!!) and it was a surprise  present from his wife.  The wife prepared everything before telling him they’d go to Athens! OHHHH SOOOOO SWEEEETTTTT! :-* *garuk garuk aspal*

Friday, 25 sept 2015

we had carboloading held by Indonesia’s embassy in berlin. The embassy also gave us visor with #INDONESIA on the left and German’s flag on the right. Or is it the other way around?

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Indonesia participants in Berlin Marathon 2015

Saturday, 26th sept

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we decided to join Breakfast Run held by the comittee. Run took place from Charlotte Palace to Olympia stadium. It was approx 6km of running thru Berliners’  residence which was VERY VERY nice

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like its name, the comitte prepared breakfast at the Stadium consist of varieaty of bread,apple, banana, even yougurt. in my surprise yaaaa

I thought indonesian people are hardly have manner to queue ..eh yakkk sama ajaaa masakkkk!!!!

tuh bule bule juga ngga bisa antri booo pas ngambil makanan! rebutan pisan!!! –“
yeaahh, people that run comes from all over the world, so cant judge which! 😉
In the  evening my sister and Get Get had dinner at Thai Restaurant in Alexander platz, discussing a drama plot! it’s 9 degrees in the morning at 16 degrees at noon so we were wondering (hard) what should we wear for tomorrow

#world’s class problem
and here’s a tip from for you (runners) who live in tropical countries and running in cold temp country
1. bring glove to start pen and jacket! Cheap ones! it warms you before start gun and before or during run, juat throw them away! I saw many jackets scattered on start pen

2. Live in that country for a while, perhaps? 😀

SUNDAY, 27 September 2015

wake up early *oh my gosh!! what was I thinking before??? went to Berlin for a M.A.R.A.T.H.O.N?? cem betullll aja! 

it’s 42.2 km boooo!!!

we had breakfast at the hotel which is a partner of this event. its restaurant opens at 6 am on the D day and we saw many runners around.

at 7 am met Prasti  at Postdemar Platz then  heading to start pen, some dropped its bag, and met with other runners from Jakarta/Tangsel. Picture credit to Riefa.

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riefa, jeffry, sikiky, Chiro, yola, prasti, corry

Start line diveded by 8 waves, I was on the last of course. Well, also the rest of Indonesian runners i know. except chiro, faster runner were in front. Expected time for wave H was above 4.30 hours. TEEE HEEE…if there is K wave, I’d be fall in K wave I guess :))

at 9.40 something,  start for H wave.

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smile, before the torture. Pic taken by Riefa I guess

woose there we go!

  • Coach R said DON’T try to make a PB on your long run race!!! so, spare 3-5 mins from your PB. my PB for 5K was 35 mins, and it was 39 mins when I saw 5 K mark.
  • water station is every 3K. in first 3K they provide water and isotonic water only. in Km 9 (every 2 other WS) they provide banana, apple and…apple tea! DELICIOUS
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    at km 8 something

    at 10Km mark i recorded 1 hr 20 mins, which is still far from my PB of 1 hr 14 mins. Oh well, I’m within the pace. weeks of training my 10K always last over 1 and half hour!!!

  • owh, the route mostly flat slighy hilly between Km 7 amd Km 8. the spectators were great!!!!! I LOVEEEE THEM!!!!  They will look at you bib and call out your name. Kan nama kita segede gede dosa tuh di print di BIB.   OOT: waktu gw jaga water station di The Jakarta Mrathon minggu lalu, itu yang gw lakukan buat menyemangati pelari, call them  by their bib name. Unfortunately their name printed in small letters. kan susah pas ada pelari yang cakep trus manggil nama mereka. #eh
  •  I used my salt stick every 7Km, I brought 5 and two Snickers Bars.
  • at Km 18 i felt a noticeable cramp in my right calf. I saw medic team they said they dont have that spray nor the balm. Silly me! i forgot my own note written on my virgin FM!
  •  I felt that my body temperature is getting high. Then I took my jacket.  I can’t throw it away, it’s Lulu Lemon  #jahhahahahahha #dia #pamer! That’s why better you bring your -emang-ngga-mau-dipake-lagi- jacket.
  • owh, there were many many attractions  along the way!!!  Some played the Alphron, that Switzerland’s flute. even the Taiko — beduk Jepang itu lho! though ones who played the Taiko were (seems) local, Not Japannesse! But can’t find Gamelan tho! 😀
  • I think it was between Km 21 – Km 24 when a West Asia looking boy at about my kids’s age look puzzled at me and asked me with a very decent English  — mind you, I ran in non English speaking country —Where do you come from?” later he said “good luck, Kiky” Puzzled because I’m the one which he saw wore hijab, perhaps. :)). At around this area, there is also a shower in which, I didn’t need. Hello!!! its 16 degres my man!!! OOT (lagi) kenapa ngga ada di Jakarta Marathon ya pancuran ini? penting banget lhooo kalo udara tropis sih. Di KL Marathon aja ada! 
  • my FM drama is always at  KM 25 i guesss!!! The cramp become very noticeable. There is also a huge area for medic in Km 25. They didn’t have the spray nor the balm but provide massage service. Well I asked for a massage, being ogah rugi I am! Euro 98 for the registration fee, man! :))
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mas mas tukang pijat gw

they also provided this service in Km 31. But when I got to Km 31, literally no runners around.
  • I think it was at Km 30, my mood of running dropped to its lowest point. Only less than 2 hour left and I’m soooo far for the finish line! I know how I run, completing 15 km in 2 hours would be impossible for me. Gw udah mulai malas-malasan….gee! I came this far and DNF! What a shame.
  • yet, at Km 32 then I realized…eyampun….tinggal 10Km lagi yaaaa bukan 13 Km!!! bahahahahhaha semangat lagi…. but hell, yeah, I saw some finishers also cheering us up! udah kelar dari dua jam yang lalu kayaknya. lucky, it’s in Berlin, not Sudirman!  Where the temperature was 16 degrees something. But just to make thing worst, I got passed by many many many eldery joggers! Oh nope, they were doing POWER WALK, yet wayyyyyyyy faster than I was who (was trying) to jog!!! Asli malu cuyy!!! tuh udah beneran kakek nenek,  I bet older than my daddy!
  • I think from this point forward I was cursing I-WILL-NEVER-SIGN-UP-FOR-A-MARATHON-AGAIN! EVER! -___-
  • Anyway Just toooo make it fast… here I saw the Brandenbug Torr..and owh wait! What? finish line is still 500m away.
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1km terlama dalam hidup gw kayaknya!

  •  There you go, i did it. Alhamdulilah. I asked a Taiwan runner to take my pictures. We made friend at Km 28 or something 😀

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 And to my surprise, many of my friends were tracking me down. I got my own track from them
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forgot who sent this to which group 🙂

So, there is my result 🙂

PS: pictures taken by the committee, bought from Marathon Photos dot com. Yang tahun depan mau beli fotonya mending lewat Run De Globe aja, dapat diskon. gw sih anaknya sok-sok don’t rich people difficult. 😀

Anyway, after the race, made friend from KL who would be participating again the following week at Lindau, Sparkasse Marathon, namanya. Larinya lewat 3 negara German, Austria and Swiss. Cakep view-nya tapi yaah beliau sakit  jiwa kayaknya =)) Back to back marathon!

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with Haris, our new friend from KL

bla bla bla… then we went out of the area to take pictures in its landmark with Namira. When we were busy taking pictures,a lady later I know her name was Gabriella approached me and asked where do I come from and whyyyyyy I wore hijab! Aih, seru amat sih ini! Muka gw muka gossip kali yaw! Then we took pictures with her, Gabriel came from Hannover if I’m not mistaken! She also had our pictures in her camera. Hi Gabrielle!!!

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With Gabrielle

Serulah lari di Berlin, for sure. View are great, the spectators were wonderful!!! Pas lewatin daerah pendatang gw juga diteriakin Assalamu’alaikum sama orang2x Turki kayaknya. If money isn’t the issue, feel like joining this race annually. *carispouseyangtinggaldiJermanajaapaya?* =))

Ok, till my next world class marathon! see  you in either Chicago or New York 2016!  =))

*not*

Bintan triathlon 2015 race recap

and a bit of pre and post story  😀

My First official olympic distance category (1.5 km swim, 40km bike and 10 km run)

Most emotional race so far ~ yeah, me, being drama queen I am!

D – 2 weeks 

Down with flu, skipped so many training. Work was a hell as well! it’s May! I knew it.

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Learn how to replace the  tyre, supervised by Rohmadibejad yang galakmya ampun deh!!!! 

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Dad and daughter took me to airport. I didn’t take my kiddos with me after so many considerations. Venue was in remote area, hard to get around and prices in resort quite expensive! :D. Glad they didn’t go tho! it was raining the whole 2 days.

back to topic. Bike bag was borrowed by Ironwomen Cebu (wanna be). Flight was delayed plus luggage loading which half of it were…bike bags! Makan waktu pake banget

bike bags were loaded! it took 1 hour!

Lucky for me I had window seat and first row in economy class. Many space for feet ! Besides me were a couple on which,the hubby is joining Sprint Distance category. They live in BSD! Tang(erang) Sel(atan) rules!!! 😀


Arrived at Raja Fisabillah Airport, Tanjung pinang at 1 pm sumthing.

Alhamdulillah ngga ada drama bike bag ketinggalan! Tahun lalu Sunu ngga bisa keangkut sepedanya.

Proceed to have lunch in the city, it’s my first visit to Tj. pinang!

Sorry for have no time for sightseeing!
After we had lunch, we (gw, maya and family, pak aji) headed to Lagoi. We stayed in Nirwana Gardens.

The driver dropped us to bike depo, I assembled my bike with the help from the boys , Wendro, Roy and Rino. Otherwise i got to pay IDR 300K for assembling service! Bahahhaha!

Seemed bike OK, I tested on road.

It was around 16.30 and raining I couldn’t reach Maya as she had my luggage. Tried to call her like 145 times, me being #dramaqueen, i still had  no response! Hmmmppptttt!
Thus, i couldn’t test the bike route as i dont have proper pants nor swimming suits! it was Too dark already! Pak Haji said, let it be a surprise! ya he’eh…blio tahun lalu ambil SD di sini -___-


At 8.00 pm after we had dinner (Pujasera for the win!!! Affordable!) race briefing was conducted for an hour. And owh, I bought a tri singlet from 2XU on bazar :)) washed it right away after the briefing. Would use it during bike and run leg.

During race briefing, My heart  was pounding!!! Boom Boom Boom

oh my oh my what was I thinking last January?

The Day!!!

oh yeah! “lipenstip” included!

It was cats and dogs raining. I had many many things for breakfast except fruit!

Bumped into Andi Wibowo, a professional triathlete! Took pic with him (it’in my FB and IG account)
At around 9.30 am went to race area as Kak Oi, Maya and Adit were participating in Sprint Distance. we waited for them on swim leg.  Maya and Adit did OD relay as well. Sweet and strong couple :-* (Lulu lemon gratis,ya May?) 

Then back to the room, try (hard) to relax, Spending the rest of the time leyeh leyeh makan makan di kamar Vitri and Diana :p, bolak balk ke  kamar Bu Thya yang bawa kompor ke Bintan! =))

12 pm 

Transition area opened! Grabbed the bike in Bike Depo (a 5 mins walk from the hotel) bring along the bike to the race venue, another 10 mins walk.

Before coming to transition area,  we pumped the tyres again. Then met some SD participants who had finished the race.One of them is Samantha, pak haji’s friend as well.

She said hi and said

“Si kiky ya? Saya baca blognya”
Halah! GR nya gwww!!! 

Prepared transisi area, bla boa boa…and found out  something wrong with my race belt’s zipper! I used pin to secure.

Body marking done – my favorite part of tri race. I wish I could have a picture of my arms got the body marked! SUGOI!!!

i had open water test and IT WAS HARD! MAN IT WAS HARD! It was still bit raining and the wave and the current made it harder.

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Men wave start

women wave. find me!

14.00

Women wave start!

Swimming Leg – 1.5 km

I forget how to operate “multi sport” at my Garmin 910! Anyway, swimming  toward  the sea was quite a challenge. I also need to look in front every 5-6 strokes so I won’t get lost/far from the rope. I was competing with a Pinoy girl (it was written PHI on the back of her tri suits). we were pacing each other until i get a bit swam away on second loop. However, on the way to beach/land, it was easier.  Coming out of the water for first loop, and jumping in  to the sea again. I still remember i saw a blue cap from the other side (means he behind me). Men used blue swimming cap.

And Not until the second loop i pushed the start button on my  Garmin and  it’s said “Time Started”

Since everything was messed up I had no  idea what time it was when I finished my swim leg.

kak oi took my pic, owh! I gave her my best smile for sure!

a whale just came  out of the water

Unlike my first tri in Batam where I forgot everything, I tried to relax. Dried my body with a giant towel from the race pack,  had 1 salt stick and eat Gu Chomp. Yisca, my colleague gave it for me. Thank you Bu Jend! Don’t forget to sign up for FM next year! 😉 put on singlet tri and running skirt.

Bike Leg – 40km

Ah ya! My favorite leg! My all time favorite leg! because I always think I look good on wheels! 😀
I gave my VERY best smile everytime I saw a photographers! Mual kali mereka.
The road was very nice, good asphalt! Wayyy different with Bintaro!

it’s a resort area anyway, it suppose to be good!
Has been told that the  round about area on Resort Eneterace is tricky, specially when it’s wet! Many bikers fell! i scream Bismillah on that area praying not to fall down! Succeed ! Hamdalah!

When I was in Km 5, I saw Andi Wibowo has came back! He was the first winner.

On km 10 i guess, Thya and Vitri passed me! These are two strong ladies!!! Whosahhh
The bike route itself  was “Oh My , ngga kelar kelar ini tanjakan!!!!!” 

Hilly, undulating, intimidating, you name it! Ups and down repeat for 75x! Buat gw yang latihannya di Bintaro aja…semaput, bro! 

We passed Swiss Bell hotel which was still under construction. On august, IRonMan 70.3 will be held in this hotel!

At km 23, there was a water station.

Being ogah rugi I am, i took the bidon!  Manyannnn! Botol minum si Kevin hilang terus! termasuk Nike tumbler gratisan dari #bajakJakarta2013 -___-
On the way to Km 25, there came the nightmare! I had FLAT TYRE!

I stopped and check, release the front tyre. I tried to pump the tyre with hand pump, it didn’t work!

hiks…

previously, I did pass four hopeless men along the course due to flat tyre and I didn’t think they brought the spare!
I was about to cry and declare DNF (did not finished).

Somehow an imaginary voice of Maddie on my left ears said sayang DNF kalo ban pecah, 10 menit kelar!”

Lucky, it was near marshal area. So when i tried to release the inner tyre, the marshal came and  helped me! I was tired, honestly. He also the one who pumped the tyre! Yes, using hand pump! A male participant came to me, he asked whether I had another spare. Too bad I didn’t!

I thanked the mashal, Tuhan yang bales ya Mas (he is a javanese 😉 )

I rode my bike  back for another 15 km and arrived in transition area!

done bike leg, pic by Kak Oi

Run Leg

2 loops of  5km
Another drama, the secure rope for my running skirt was misplaced. Melorot aja gitu rok gw!  So I used the pin from race belt to secure. Thus, my salt stick and power bar fell somewhere #yanasseeebbb

I passed Mayang Sari resort when the white kids cheered me up! These kiddos were uber cute. Running track was undulating (of course!) and a bit trail.

I bragged to everybody I met that I got Flat tyre!  #lebay

Water station was every 2 km

So, after i had finish my first loop where every body seemed to have finished the race (saw Roy and  Denny with their medals already), the MC saw me and  said “ok,take your time! we’ll  wait for you”

Bah!

Continued the run and one of anak bule said “are you still racing ma’am?”
He was puzzled as his parents might had done the race an hour ago :))

I said “you bet i am young man!”

He replied “good luck”
Everytime i pass water station they were about to close the area :)) even though it was raining, they provided cold sponge.

On second  water station (km 7) the marhsal said “owh, you still racing?” And I heard she talk over the walkie talking about last participant! damn you flat tyre!

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I wonder whether I was the last runner! I passed like 3-4 participants after I had flat tyre!

Anyway…on the way to km 9, I  heard someone called “mak tuo”

Gw kira gw lagi berhalusinasi (like I always did during normal time, teeheeeeee) :p

I wasn’t, it was Roy! It’s near COT, he knew I would walk if i ran alone!

So, he was my pacer for the last 1,5km!

GW : Pengen nangissss booo”

He replied (pake nada orang Surabaya gitu, ngebentak) “ntar aja kalo finish” !

Meh!

So I tried my best with slightly cramp on my left calf to Run!

Near the finsih line the MC said “you made it 2 mins before Cut Off Time”

Ah, sudah biasa misterrrr :))

Adit took this pic! Thank you adit!

Friends from Bintaro runners were waiting for me! Like always in every races! Ketjup satu satu.

I cried out loud when Vitri gave me big hug after the race!

Ok, i lost my  red water tumbler hahahah (another drama)

When we were finish taking countless pictures and about to come back to hotel, i asked roy

“eh, nasi padang yang gw pesan tadi mana ya?”

Roy answers “nasi padang apaan? Makan seafood kitaaaaa!”

Yippieee!

Had dinner at Kelong Area another 1 hour from Lagoi! Kalo liat peta ujung ke ujung!

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Day plus 1

Makan…makan dan makannn….

I also saw Kids Triathlon! SOOOOO CUTE! Too bad when the MC ask “Indonesia?” no body answered!

Lucu lucu ih!

And…

Wish granted!

When we were packing  the bike, we met Chris McCormack!

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Mana gw belum mandi! Ya abess janjian ama Roy and Rino ngga perlu mandi lah hahahah)

Macca was quite patient that EACH of us wanted to take picture with them.

Bahahhahahahahhaha. Pictures compiled by Deny.

Unfinished drama, my run on second loop wasn’t recorded :(( I had asked the committee tho. still no answer.

KZL!

anyway

The (half loop of the run) result was :
4 jam 26 menit – 15 menit lah ( women startnya 15 menit lebih lama)…kira kira segitu
Swim 43 mins (above target of 47 min) means  2:36/100m
Bike 1 hour 54 mins (re-calculated minus 10 mins during changing the tyre) . Using this application, It said average was 23 kph! ok, Checked! *Diketawain si Dana neh gw pastiiiii*  Pernah sih di boulevard 26 kph…dua kali aja tapi… hahahha

Run

Horrible!!!!

My worst leg !
But yeah, I made it.

Alhamdulilah!
See u in sungai liat triathlon! Insya allah !

Standard Chattered Singapore Marathon 2014

My second Full Marathon, my first overseas race

Jadi, setelah gw tau gw disuruh berangkat, gw iseng browsing ada ngga race selama gw disana. Ternyata the gold class marathon is held.  Lalu berkontempelansi HM ato FM ya…

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cuma neh, past si kacrut-kacrut akan komen “kalo HM di bulevard (bintaro) aja”, jadilah gw sign up buat FM

Di hari kamis dan hujan pulang jam kantor, gw langsung ke Changi Expo  tempat pengambilan race pack karena satu line (green line) dari Raffles City (MRT depan kantor) ke Chagi Expo *eits sounds keceh ya?* ^_^

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mind the wrinkles, I didn’t apply anti aging cream or what so ever

Race Recap

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saking bosennya, gw mampir di toko kecil buat istirahat, curhat abis abisan di grup hahahhaha

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FYI: during exercise that requires endurance, having that bottle in the right is allright. Make sure it is un-carbonized first. To note, Idir said they served Coke at IM Langkawi

Note : in case you didn’t know IM stands for Iron Man. Noooo. not the movie….

sorry, it’s just me ! I didn’t enjoy this race.

Kata teman teman Bintaro Trojan Runners mungkin gw jenuh lari jauh aja. Kelar FM di bali lalu BTS 30K lanjut SCMS 2014

race pack collection yang rapih sampe 60 booth kalo ngga salah, rute yang steril (STERIL  yaaa…) plus sufficient WATER STATION (literally WATER station) tentunya jadinya  plus point.

being ndeso I am, gw lebih suka race di desa macam di Bromo Marathon ato at least Bali Kemaren 🙂 bahkan waktu banyak yang nyela (justru dari yang ngga ikut) BTS kemaren, gw jauhhhhhh lebih menikmati siksaan pas di BTS. So i guess i won’t be back for next year untuk perbaiki timing (oh, I didn’t get my PB off course). They said FM is a mental game, mine is dropped at KM 8 already. So it was really pain in the butt to spank my butt back 😀 but heck, being DNF is not an option, at least not for this race. :))

so, there will be no race recap, just take a look at my flickr account for pictures :p

Next overseas race?
Yeah, (may be) there will be one!

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