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.


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!


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.


with volunteers


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.


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 : Run for River 10K trail

there I was again, signed up Run For River UI 2017. My virgin half marathon was in this race as well. this time, I opted for 10K trail.


Yes, UI has its man-made forest and I’ve run there!

in short, I made Acha to sign up for this category. this anak mall garis keras agreed.

So, there I was, september 10th 2017, going back in start line again! ich bin zurück!! And owh, besides 10K trail, there were Half Marathon, 10K road and 5K.

10K trail with brown bib, HM with red, 10K road with yellow. none of Trojan Runners participate in 5K.

Here’s the recap:

  • 10K trail suppose to start at 6.00am, yet, not until 6.15 that the race start. i found it is a bit weird as, Half Marathon Race start later. It is very common longer distance start earlier :-/
  • first 2Km was road, had no clue where it was. It was a U-turn Approaching Km 2, a runner in front of me made a short cut! Ada aja yang nge-cut rute, curang. he didn’t know that first check point was at the U-turn! shame on him!
  • entering Km 2 was the forest area. well, ja, I’ve run here before, yet the route a bit different. We run besides a lake this time! I also run with Maktin and Aby, the later is a runner I met during Tour de Ambarukmo! We paused a LOT to take pictures. Even we asked marshals to do so! hahahahahah!!
  • Lucky, I brought my water blade. i was very thirsty after Km 3 , and still couldn’t find water station. not until Km 5 or six. Where the lake is! Whoaaa! i love the sun ray shinning thru the leaves. it was beautiful!

  • I filled up my water blader. Then continued to run. My right foot still hurt. damn plantar!

  • on the way to Km 7, near the famous Universitas Indonesia marka, there was a water station. i was tired…took a break! And doing silly things!

  • total trail is only 7.5 Km I guess, so 1 KM before finish line, we went back to campus area. Running in road again. owh, I use road shoes this time as I left my trail shoes in Ambarawa!

  • I’m a sloooowwww runner, it didn’t surprise me, I met many half marathon runners on the way to finish line! Hahahahahahaahhah. they went 21K and I did 10!
  • so there! die dritte medal der Jahre!

I haven’t check the result. it took almost 2 hours for me to complete the course. but I was very happy with this race! So much fun! Will be back again next year!

Messastilla HM 2016 race recap 

Long pending post.

As I wrote here, I was in Magelang for Messastila Peak Challange, taking the 21K category.

I always wanted to do this race since 2013, but always postponing it. For years, It offered a scenery route in the side of the famous Ambarawa’s rail…

But this year….not anymore!

BIG Tetooot!!!?


After I picked up the race pack, there was a race briefing. The organizer said they created new route, which will be challenging!


That very moment, I knew, this would be another DNF race.

To make story short. Race for FM, HM and 11K was  held on October 9th.  While the 100Km and 65 Km has started the night before.  There was an accident happened to one of 100K participant, mbar Eni.  She was showered  by Chemical Liquid. I knew this horrible news from the group when Pak Hasbi called three of us. Not sure what was the motives. But seems every body mind their own business, no explanation from the RO as well before the race.

Anyway, I woke up in dawn, took a bath then heading to breakfast area. With mountain view. I wish I stay longer to enjoy my breakfast 😉

I ate enough breakfast, toast, banana and coffee.

The race started at 6 am.

pic of me wont hurt

starting pen! yes, it was nanjak!

First 1.5 km still in hotel area, then we met paddy field. since it was raining from yesterday, a muddy slippery track was expected. That very moment I cursed I didn’t prepare walking stick with me! I should buy one for my next trail race!

single track

Owh, Thanks God I skipped the idea of wearing a road race shoes. Friends said MPC is quite easy, no need trail shoes. Meh! I was glad I trusted my feeling 😉

Between Km 2 – Km 5 was village area. I was greeted my local villagers. I took selfie with local villagers kids ! I love doing this!

selfie with local kids

For me, they are the most sincere people in the race course 😉 in Bali during my FM, or in Tosari on my 10K Bromar, etc.

I think it was in Km 5/6 or something, the route was in Coffee plantation. I stopped by to take pics of Coffee bean picker!

coffee bean picker

Finally I met few women. Aulia, Novi and Dwi. we walked few km together.

The track was hilly (for sure), slippery and there was a spot that we really had to climb! I used whatever stick I can found to assist me. Many of them were broken along the way 😉

I was with the girls, so yeah…we helped each other. They pull me. anyway, the markers were oke. I easily found the marker either papers, red ribbon or flag.

dwi and her friend

The brutal hilly track paused a bit in Km 8.

I took fitbar for refueling. There was first water station in Km 4.5 on where I took banana and dates provided by the RO (Race organizer)


if I could remember, there only me, Novi, dwi and her friend left. I always made a joke

“kalo ngga kuat turunan, kita gelinding aja”

I am sorry, that was I did on that track. sliding my body down the hill. To save my energy as it was hard for me to stand up and keep my body balance.

We were so  craving for next Water station in Km 10. And this was the easiest and prettiest track on the way to Km 10. Where the second water station is.

Taken by Novi

The pine woods! Yes the pathway is man-made, we saw some workers, old men, who were working for  the pathway. First we thought it was Water Station as they offered us banana and bread!

Huhuhu I cried!

Nih bapak bapak tua aja udah dalam keadaan pas-pasan masih mau berbagi!!! Gw ngga tegaaaa! :(( 

I decided to refuse their offer, they need their food, I can eat later.
I lost Dwi and her friend in Pine Woods, they were faster. So only Me and Novi left. it was still uphill track up to Km 14.

In Km 12, was Rawa Pening over looked! Honestly speaking, I never know this area is exist! 😀

Rawa Pening from the distance

I met a marshal and told me, the view would be more beautiful if the sun shines.

Yes, it was cloudy when I was there and fog all over.

before the rain poured hard

after Km 12, I lost Novi.

So i was completely alone, do the talking with the nature. Taking trail run, is really a me time for me. When I think, God answered my questions.

Shortly after Rawa Pening over looked, rain poured very hard. To sum it up, downhill track afterward and DAMN it was hard!!!

I hate stepping-stone track, my feet were hurt.

Many FM, 65K and 100K runners passed me. Oh em geeeee! I wonder how they practice.

In Km 15, was another water station. I ate banana and drink isotonic. It was almost 12 pm which is the COT time. I want to give up, but it was still in the forest. no use! The marshal said the COT was 7 hours (1 pm).

It was still raining, the track now around another coffee plantation area. I don’t know where to stop, not to get wet, bingung juga mau berteduh dimana,  so I just walk downhill.

One farmer drove his motorcycle and fell right in front of my eyes. Oh em geee.

Me, myself had fall many many times. Many times I had to slide down because I was tired and lost my body balance.

In Km 15 I think, I saw one participant with a broken leg and arm. He was a Japanese. It took him 2 hours to get help.
There was this guy, an Indonesian who looked after him. Ich finde ihn nett! That was so sweet. When I was there, the evacuate team already in the area. So the Indonesia man could continue his race.

He told me:

“hayuklah mbak. COT jam 1 kok. Kita masih ada waktu”

“ha? jam 12 mas”

“ngga kok jam 1”

So, I guess the marshal was right. COT was 7 hours after flag off.
We were back to village area again when finally I saw a civilization. I wanted to give up and took the ambulance who would took that Japanese with broken bone but that Indonesian man had motivated me. So, I did what he say. Continue my race.

After village area, there came forest area again which is very very very slippery. I fell hundreds time, twice as many as I did when I was in coffee plantation area.

I cant stand up.

I realized I lost my glasses.

I met two marshals, they held my feet, so I can get up.

I couldn’t move my body.

I had  lost my motivation.

I had lost my body balance.

And that is not good.

It could caused  injury.

For safety reason, I decided to quit.

On the way to Km 18.

They evacuated me by motor bike to hotel.

It was 2 pm already.
my shoes looked horrible, sol sepatu gw lepas!

So i decided to left my shoes in hotel 😀

Too dirty and it’s broken anyway.

Oh well, I obtained another DID NOT FINISH status in my trail race again.

In fact, not a single trail race that I finished under Cut Off Time.

Do i regret it?

you bet I DON’t!!!!
Honestly speaking, the track is doable.

I met the similar track in Sentul, Pancawati (for  the forest and plantation), Halimun (for  the stepping stone track). Bromo 30K is stillll the hardest one, yet, due to weather condition, it got verrrry hard.

well, not to mention I was lack of practice too. I was not fully recovered from my illness.

Still, it is a recommended race for you!
Owh, btw. Netty finished in in 4 hours something and Vitri in 6 hours.

Until my next trail race!

In which of Lord’s favor would you deny?

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!!!!!

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” 


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”


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!

SauRUN – race recap

HOLA! Selamat Lebaran!
No lebaran-related post here, too lazy!
Gw mau nulis recap waktu ikut SauRun July4th, 2015 yang lalu which was marked as my first night race and 6th Half Marathon Race 😀

Kalo gw ngga salah, awalnya acara ini ada dari 2013 lalu. Namanya Ancol Midnight Half Marathon. Cuma belum jadi race kayaknya, lari bersama lucu-lucuan aja. Gw sih ngga ikut, masih cupu waktu itu. Sekarang juga masih sih *bihiks*

In the following year, I signed up for HM distance, sekalian gw latihan buat virgin Full Marathon di Bali 2 bulan setelahnya. Mom was sick, I didn’t go for sure.

So when its FB group said, they opened for registration, I signed up. This is my first long distance road race in 2015! Road race terakhir gw di BIS 5K bulan February lalu! hahahahah –> anaknya trail banged!

Anyway, fast forward, there were 15 of us from Bintaro Trojan Runners. eh,sebelum itu…mulai lah gw pick up running as my frequent exercise. Pas bulan puasa setelah Triathlon May lalu, rasanya bokong berat bangeeeddddd diajak lari lagi =)). Latihan Triathlon ngga pernah lebih dari 10K kalau lari. Mostly 1 hour run dijaga Heart Zone-nya di Zone 3 atau 4.

well, for training,  I did it at night after taraweh, lelarian puter-puter kali Puri Bintaro, ramai-ramai tentunya sama rekan-rekan BTR. Some of them are preparing Bali Marathon Agustus nanti, some IronMan Cebu.

Lanjut hari H!

Kita kumpul di rumah Maya, kita patungan sewa 2 supir, 1 car each! ya kaleeee ada yang kuat nyetir tengah malam.Sampe Ancol cepet banget! Jam 9 sudah sampe…padahal ternyata race-nya mulai ….11pm! Haisshhhh!

Ngantukkkkk! :(( *ya iyalah, night race my mannnn!*

Ada zumba dulu, gw pengen eksis ikutan donk paling depan! Biar banyak difoto maksudnya -__- Ngga lama bosen :D, lalu melakukan pemanasan sama anak-anak BTR.

Jam 11 teng!!!!! mulai lari. Here’s the recap

  • Menyadari pace gw yang slowwwww ini, gw start belakangan deh! Janjian sama V3 aja se-iya, se-kata, se-pace sampe garis finish memisahkan. Turn out, atas asuhan coach Maya Djatirman, kami berenam start dengan pace 9 aja! Gw, V3, Maya, Bu Dok, Adit dan Pa Dok.
  • Rutenya? ntah lah, liat peta aja! hahahah. Lari beramai-ramai satu pace ini menyenangkan! ngga ketakutan, to note, I think we were the last participants! well, at least for first 5KM. 
  • Di Km 2-3  kalo ngga salah, sudah ada elite runners yang balik arah, suppose mereka di KM 6-an gitu deh. Water station pertama di Km 3. Rutenya daerah sini lewatin perumahan elite juga. marshal-nya keren! setiap ada lubang di jalan, di sorot pake senter. Biar hati-hati. Oh, di race pack juga disiapin head lamp yang disetting di warna merah pas start, dan neon pas gelap banget tak ada lampu.  Pas puter balik menuju KM 5 di kasih karet rambut sebagai check point.


  • Maya wanti-wanti untuk jaga pace, ngga boleh jalan sama sekali. meanwhile gw (menurut Maya) berisik ngoceh terus “May….kayaknya ini pace 7 deh…bukan 9”. Di Km 6-7 gitu ada water station kedua. On third WS, I didn’t take any drink. kembung book! Royal amat sama water station (eh, bukannya bagus ya…hahhaha 😀 )
  • Nah, lepas km 6-7 itu jalan yang sesisian sama Kali Sunter. Asli GELAP BGT!!!! ish! rute arah sebaliknya di lewati sama perserta 10K. ada yang komen “Semangat Trojans!!” ish! kok tau sih? *padahal Adit pake baju Trojans*
  • On the way Km 10, lewatin  gong besar itu menuju MEIS. Man…udah lelah gw!!! Di sini Maya, Riyana sama Pak Dok udah naikin pace-nya. They were doing “negative split”. Macam yang gw ceritain kemaren!
  • But anyway, we passed many-many runners. ada yang sudah kram, ada yang males aja kalik. Pas gw jalan di MEIS, Adit teriak “ngga ada jalan…Lari” ish! KZL!
  • I think it was in Km 12 or sum thing, when I literally ran alone. Maya cs udah di depan, Adit dan V3 di belakang. I did it at about another 3km kali. ASLIIIII GW NGANTUKKKKK!!!!! Paginya gw anterian anak-anak ikutan Mabid di mesjid Raya Bintaro trus visit Mak Dang gw yang di rawat di RS. Hence, I didn’t have proper rest. Ngga lagi-lagi deh night race -____-. Oh ya, water station-nya oke banget! Dapat pisang juga di beberapa WS bahkan sponge. Padahal ngga butuh-butuh banged menurut gw. I took 1 salt stick before the race, and second on km 11. I also eat 1 date as my intake during the race! This is important! 
  • In KM 15 kesusul V3, she left Adit behind. Kena kram ceunah. ah…poor boy. So V3 and I ran together to complete this race. Melewati sisian Kali Sunter lagi yang… GELAP! Lucky for us, ada marshal bersepeda. Minta ditemenin donk! hahahahhaha But anyway, they had sufficient marshal! GOOD! 
  • At km 20 that was also a water station, yang gw skip juga. I skipped 2 water stations, but I brought my own tumbler. 
  • So based on result after we crossed the start line, next 2 hours:57 mins  V3 and I crossed that finishing mat. Means….hanjrittttt jam 2 pagi donk itu!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Ah, senang! dapat medal lagi….=))

Karena namanya SauRUN, tentu saja setelah race ini kelar disiapkan Makan Sahur! And it was abundance!!! Tapi gw ngga semangat ih, makan semangka sama minum jus aja terus. (turn out,  I had my period the next morning, that explains my cranky dan badan lemas)* -____-  #alasan

As I told on previous post, not my PB, but this is the most enjoyable race! Compare to SCHM 2014, my last HM race yang menuai banyak complain dan controversy!  seru banged long run kalau ramai-ramai gini.

my personal take on this race? One of the best! Marshal ok, water station ok, minim lah resiko nyasar,  ngga ada cela ato komplen buat gw!  Kalo kuat begadang, you can sign up for this race next year! 🙂

Gw sampe rumah pas azan shubuh! Babe mau ke mesjid, gw sampe rumah. Macam jaman muda! #eh 😀

And to make it even better…they put us, a pic of us in KM 6-7 as Cover Picture!!!! Yihaaaaa!

Bu Dok, Maya, Pak Dok, gw, V3, Adit, mas marshal

Halimun Salak Trail Race Recap

Gw mencoba mengingat-ingat, kenapa gw sampai daftar race ini. Soalnya gw tau konsekuensi gw harus show up di kolam renang , Sabtu 14 maret 2015  jam enam tigapuluh sore (read 6.30 pm)  in the name of  “commitment”  dan harus nge-trail di jam enam limabelas pagi (read:6.15 am)
Gw yang sok tau pangkal kecapekan ini biasanya kalau sudah race pake biaya akomodasi dan transportasi  will go for longest distance available yang gw pikir “kayaknya gw bisa deh nih” (except kemaren Tahura yaaa karena emang niat sama kiddos).
This race offered 11 and 18 km tho, and ofkors I took 11K. Later I  know, arranged by Depok Running Buddies divisi Trail.

In short, pokoknya Maktin daftar juga, langsung booking kamar. Gimana nanti ke tempat lokasi…pikirin belakangan :))
Fast forward, akhirnya pake mobil blio, disupirin Riefa jemput Corry di kostnya, off we go jam 12 siang dan  mampir Bogor makan nasi timbel dulu. Lalu menempuh perjalanan ke Javana Spa, tempat lokasi start plus nginep disitu yang….ARE WE THERE,YET bener (read: ngga sampe sampe malih!!!!)
sampe hutan pinus berasa bau wipol kita potok-potok dulu…


on the way to Javana Spa

Jam 5 teng sampe hotel, check in, potok-potok lagi, silaturahmi (berasa seleb), jalan-jalan liat tenda (disediain tenda buat yang kehabisan kamar), bla bla bla….
ada jasa free taping gue padang ogah rugi juga mau gratisan buat lutut.
Siapin perlatan race, what is a race without    “YA AMPUNNNN GW LUPAA!!!!”

kali ini lupa bawa visor dan heart rate monitor  *hadezig*, gw sekamar lagi sama Valas, temannya Maktin yang datang udah tengah malam bagai hantu.

Jam 4 pagiiii, kamar digedor. Hastagahhh…sama panitia disuruh siap-siap ceunah! so sweet banget sih :-*

Kami berempat siap-siap,hamdalah ngga pake rebutan kamar mandi. Saling pengertian…. I had overnight oatmeal ofkors dan tinggal minum kaffein pait yang disiapin jeng Corry. Among us,  only Corry who opted for longer distance tapi dia paling muda diantara kami juga sih! 😀


rekan sekamar #22

Jam 5.30 gw dah nongol rapih jali di lobby nyari KetKet, princes warrior yang ambil 18Km seorang diri dari rekan kantor (ada Kunti dan Amel beserta spouse) ngasih salt stick.
Silaturahmi sana sini lagi, kata sambutan (tetep ya…Indonesia), National Anthem *selalu bikin merinding*, teng jam 6 18km start.
Gw balik ke kamar lagi, lupa ambil kabel charger Ipon *penting*.
Jam 6.15 mulai 11km!


Kunthi took a pose

500 meter pertama turun dulu…nanjak edan…masih aspal nih, barulah mulai jalan setapak dimana sangat sempit sekali…..
nanjak…dan nanjak terus…dan nanjak lagi. belum tracknya batu-batuan nan licin.

sekitar km 2.5, ada water station and medic setelah harus melompat kali kecil dan sedikit merangkak naik. Gw dan maktin dan Valas sok iye foto-foto disitu disertai tatapan bingung peserta lain.
Lanjut lari tetap dengan jalan setapak yang berbatu tajam.  ketemu Idir yang potensial podium (11km). sampe Km 4-an ketemu lapangan, Hamdalah!!!!
setelah ini rutenya turun, ngga setapak juga ya tapi terjal dan licin cynnnnnn…Ketemu Jurian sudah balik arah menuju finish. Ngga lama ketemu Peni si Polwan. Gw suruh ngebut *sok yeee…* soalnya dia nomor 4 perempuan.

di Km4-an ini aih baru ketemu the famous Kawah Ratu salak trail2Gunung Salak – konon kabarnya angker! Masya Allah indahnya walo bau belerang. Gw langsung pasang buff yang ungu juga ish…waktu itu dibeliin BuDok ntah dimana. Ma kasih ya Bu Dok…

Disini sepertinya semua peserta sudah mutar balik. Kita sik tetep foto foto….


kawah ratu behind us

Ketemu Luthfi yang udah balik arah dan dengan sopannya  gw minta nungguin gw  karena mau nebeng pulang. *maktin mau nye-spa dulu doi* 😀
Nah, wassalam di daerah ini. Brosurnya yang bilang tingkat kesulitan mudah dan otak gw mensimulasi dimana sisi mudahnya….

Pas ngesot turun gw ketemu Helen yang di godain karena mau juga ambil trail dan alasan blio (udah di aspal) -___-
Di area ini, I gave thumbs up for all the marshals and the volunteers!!! mereka benar-benar ngawasin peserta, nyuruh gw ambil route yang ini instead of yang itu karena (sedikit) lebih mudah.Diteriakin dari atas.





Daerah kawah ratu yang bagus banged ini ya konon kabar (Indonesia banget) mistis …. paling susah tracknya. nanjak dan  nanjak lagi plus batu-batu yang ngga sante  banget ukurannya seakan ngga ada hari esok plus…bau sulfur.

Mistis dan cantik at the same time! Macam wajah  gw jam 00.30 maskeran bengkoang lah… #bihiks.
Disini buat yang 11km dapat gelang biru a.k.a check point. Di water station juga dapat power bar, dari Boom  pisang, isotonic, dan aqua plus medic! TJIAMIKKKK!!!!!
dan kita mengulang rute yang sama untuk balik ke finish line. Gw tentu ngga melewatkan untuk foto-foto. Minta tolong panitia, buat motoin pulak. Doi hooh aja sampe ngomong “cepetannn buu”. gw pikir karena sulfur menyengat…taunya….keep reading

okeh, mari kita menurunin batuan licin dan slippery ini, lewatin kali bersulfur plusss…nanjak terjal lagi pegangan sama akar pohon.
pas setelah km 6-an gitu (ato 4,5-an km dari start line) , ada satu track yang nanjaknya ngga sante emang. dekat sama foto kali diatas tempat maktin nyebrang. Gw cari pegangan tiba-tiba ada tangan kokoh megang pinggang gw (yang BERLEMAK ituuu lhhooo) sambil ngomong “there you go, girl! good luck!”

salah satu peserta warga asing 17km bantuin merangkak gw lalu berlari macam kijang! -____- kampret!

While i catch up my breath doi macam terbang gitu.
Berlalu lah gw menyusuri setapak terjal ini ih….sempat kenalan sampa marco anak BSD, yang bokapnya 60++ udah jauh  di depan,  keren ya staminanya. some girls from Bandung. Turunan dengan bebatuan yang lebih parah dari rute pondok pemburu plus licin emang butuh konsentrasi tinggi dan sering sekali  peserta 18km menyusul dan berlalu…cepat! wooozzzz….ngga santai banget. Ini trail man!!! lalu gw ngobrol sama salah satu peserta yang deket-deket gw.

gw : COT berapa jam ya? 3,5 jam kan ya?
Dia : 2,5 jam mbak…3,5 jam buat 18km
gw : apaa?

#ngok…. bahahahhahah siallll! gw ngga nyimak COT race ini :)) *walo kayaknya bakal lewat sekitar 15 menit juga sih*

pantes pas gw berhenti foto-foto dikasih tatapan heran peserta plusssss panitia yang nyuruh gw cepetan di kawah ratu.
#ngok moment banget deh…

Ya sudahlah. lewat COT udah biasa dalam sejarah pe-trail-an gw. Disitu kadang saya merasa SEDIH! #selfpukpuk.

Mau gave up juga ngga ada GoJek / Ubertaxi / Grabtaxy.
finally back to asphalt road again..Amel depan gw. Gw berpose dengan berangan-angan kalo gw nanti finish di Bintan.  simulasi pose (simulasi ketahanan lipenstip dan simulasi sarana penunjang race bulan May kelak). Ngga kece juga ternyata
*pinjam foto pak Sarli* -___-

LEWAT COT STRONG DONK!!!!!  hasil official result 02:59:27

IMG_2148Panitia masih “baik” yang lewat COT tetep dapat finsiher Tee dengan cap “NOT YET”  =))

There you go!
Buat gw racenya rapih. Race pack diambilin sih, isinya minim. Marka jalan jelas, marshal dan volunteers kece,helpful, fotograper banyak #penting! water station okeh…yang ngga oke cuma…ya itu ke javana spanya PR banget cynnn… -___-
well done committee.
will do trail race again ngga kapok lewat COT kok 😉 Demi ngumpulin poin ikut Chamonix Courmayeur Champex in 2016!

*can I get the Amin? never mind…..*