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…

open water swimming training

Halo! Wie geht’s du?
Well, this blog kind of abandoned! No, I am not busy, just preparing something and lost mood of tampil! =)
Anyway, last Saturday, I had my first open water swimming  for this year again, held by Triathlon Buddies. Had great time as always! They organized events very well.

As usual, at 5.30 am we should be ready in Marina Ancol, register ourself by sms for  life insurance and got overnight oatmeal as breakfast!  I took Antimo of course! Mabuk Laut cuyy….I think another 2 hours by boat, I saw this!

Pulau Payung

The perk of living near COASTAL LINE. I love the blue of my country! (statement menunjukkan umur) 

Then there was sharing from seniors in TriBuds community, what I mean senior they already did triathlon from 7-8 years ago when this kind of sport was rare in Indonesia! They told us (even ones who did couple of times like me) what to do and don’t during open water swim.

Another 1 hour after the introduction, here we were!

SPOT ME!!!!

Failed? can’t blame you =))

 

Wir schwammen im Meer! – photo credit to Chaidir Akbar

Well, the organizer said it would be approx 750m of swim, yet my Garmin said it was almost 1.2km! Unfortunately, there were many jelly stings. My skins were all hurt =(

Based on their timing, I manage to clock around 35 mins. All of the participant had over 1 km in their watch! So, I guess, it was really 1.2 km instead of 750m.

See my movement, here! I didn’t swim mensang, mensong! 

Luckily, unlike my previous open water in Pulau Air and Pulau Semak Daun, this island is  uninhabited ! So we took shower at local people’s house.  Order hot tea and even Indomie! I made conversation with the local, you can book their house  start for IDR 300,000 a night. One with AC cost more, for sure! People visit this island for snorkeling too! Ah, ya I forgot to tell you, the view beneath the a lake, at the outer side of the island is beautiful!

On the way back to Ancol, I saw this! oh em gee, I didn’t know this inhabited island is now well managed! Good Job, Pemda Jakarta Utara! or is it Dinas Pariwisata? Used to be abandoned from what I saw from pictures. Wasn’t it?

 

Pulau Onrust

Anyway, honestly speaking or writing… I didn’t mean to make a post about this! yet, earlier tonight, I saw this on Triathlon Buddies Facebook Page! Well, being banci tampil I am, can’t help not to post this on every social media I have !

YES! THATS ME AS THEIR MODEL!!! 

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photo credit to Chaidir Akbar

SANGAR YA BOOOO? MACAM ATLIT PRO!!

To participate in this event : Join the group, save your spot, they are selling very fast! Nope, you don’t need to sign up for a triathlon race, but  I think participant should  have an ability to swim 750m non stop. It is a compulsory! Open water swimming is way different from pool, for sure!

Swimming is a sport, others only a game! Have fun!

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… hahahhaRun
Horrible!!!!

My worst leg !
But yeah, I made it.

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

Batam Triathlon – race recap

Friday March 28th 2014
– Had late dinner in Pizza Hut Batam Centre and arrived back at the hotel much much later. I even slept on PH’s couch for a while to save energy. Pushed myself to bed around midnite. Both kiddos had fell to sleep already

Saturday, march 29th 2014

  • woke up at 5’s something, reassured myself. This is it. No turn back 😀
  • prepared both kiddos for breakfast at the lobby. Already prepare my bag for transition area and brought the bike along down hill…135 steps. Gee.
    A navy helped me and said “Sadel-nya kerendahan nih. Jangan lupa tinggiin”
  • There were roti cane with curry served for breakfast, one of my favorite dish.  However to minimize any digest problem during the race I picked plain pancake, bunch of watermelon for hydrate purpose and tea with sugar. Sending both kiddos to 95A, where The Lubis and the Yuzars stayed. The kids would wait for parents during the race. it’s another uphill walk
  • at 7.30 am, transition area were open. As I prepared my stuffs I forgot to bring two hydrococo which I had bought a day earlier. So i have to pickup those ready-to-go-drinks at the room, whiiichhhh another 135 anak tangga ke atas. ho’oh. PR banget kan! 
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transition area

  • After I had my 2 packs of hydrococo, I took a glimpse on  participants besides me, I was in doubt as I only had a bottle of water hanging on bike, tap water to wash my feet after swim, 600ml bottle of aqua (sealed was opened to save time), saltsticks, 2 bars of Snickers, gel Chomp. Then thinking to go back to room — ingat naik 135 anak tangga lagi — to bring the 2L of Aqua along. Akhirnya diambilin Dewi, karena dia ngga bawa swim cap yang disediakan panitia. in swim leg, participants should wear the cap provided by committee
  • waiting, praying, taking pictures in beach. Son and bang Omar came to wish each mommies good luck :-*20140402-123038.jpg
  • 8.30 am the race start. there I went, jumping to the sea to have my 750 swim leg. Asliiii, ketendang sana sini. Padahal sengaja paling belakang biar mgga ketendang. Mana air laut asin yaaaa. Menurut ngana…? 😀 
  • while swimming, dengan dasar laut ngga kelihatan dan warna air gelap *scary yes?* bahahahahah, I checked my watch it said I’d complete 650m. But why oh why daratan masih jauh? Gw nyasar ternyata. So based on garmin, my swim leg was 900m
  • out from the sea with bebeb and jurian. Jurian had  finished his race due to his back bone injury. At transition area, I put my pink singlet from Nike as cover. Plan to change swimming hijabs with one from raqtive.com, but I forgot. Consumed 2 salt sticks to prevent cramped legs. Had sip of hydrococo and water. Then off I go for a ride…in which, lupa ngelap kaki pake handuk. Jadilah kaki lembab -___- *Teheeee*
  • the moment I jumped to my bike, that the very same moment we have to deal with tanjakan dan berbelok. Fortunately, sudah diingatkan untuk set gigi sepeda paling ringan (depan paling kecil, belakang paling besar)
  • when i was still struggling in first km, I turn the racebelt with bib number to my back. Tapi pengait nomor bib-nya jatuh. Pret. Secara racebelt minjam Marion, ngga mungkin balik balik hilang satu komponennya. Walaupun tuh racebelt hadiah ultah dari gw #pamrih :p . Mau ngga mau turun dari sepeda, ngambil lagi tuh pengait yang gelinding
  • Keluar dari area hotel, pas tanjakan mental gw sempat down. Gw liat bebeb turun nuntun sepeda, gw ikutin juga sampai track agak lebih ramah. There goes the hilly track.WOHOOOOO ….BIGWOHOOOOOO
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    hilly track at  Jalan Hang Lekir. Picture was taken a day earlier. We were forbidden to carry mobile phone during the race

  • About 2-3 km, a marshal from Navy yell at me while cheering me up “sadel-nya kerendahan! Naikin dulu. Capek nanti kau”.
    Pret, Gw lupa naikin sadel
    Double Pret, I forgot to chew Chomp (kayak jelly gitu) for extra energy
  • At km 10 or so, we made a U turn, I passed Ira and realize I was #3 among 8 female triathletes in Sprint Distance category.
  • Few mins after this, I felt like I’d gain my speed back. The track wasn’t that hilly but still undulating. I was alone, no participant within my  sight. Literally in the middle of unfamiliar land with woods on both side of the road. I screamed to motivate myself. It was scary yet excited. There were no marshal, no km markers. I kept looking at my Garmin 11.2 , 12.7 km , 14.5 km… Reassured myself again, I can finish this. Sebelum lomba memang yang paling gw takutkan leg sepeda ini karena baru 3 bulanan ber-roadbike dan tracknya yang sulit buat pemula gw yang latihan di Bulevard doank.
  • At km 15, Sari, being audax participant every here and there passed me. I was glad she did which mean I was in the right route 😀
  • The route  was looping, we made final turn going back to the hotel. And of course another hilly track .Disini, gw tuntun lagi sepeda. 2x :D. I was tired
  • Masuk area hotel, a marshal was talking over his handy talkie “female 007 masuk” . Gila berasa VVIP
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    about to finish bike leg

    going back to transition area means going downhill with sharp turn. Gw ngerem sekuat-kuatnya. Mind the speed, all I wanted to do is to finish this bike leg without falling of. And yes I did! Yay!

  • Took another salt stick, chew Sniker, put on my running skirt as back  cover :D. There I went running walking. It was 10 am Batam time with 32 degrees celcius. Thank you very much!
  • first km was hotel area, I passed 95A and the kiddos cheering me up. Rani was saying “bunda aku udah duluan…”
    Jahahahhaha
  • running track was in golf course with undulating track. I passed a guy who works in Batam and saw me on start pen “ibu-ibu aja bisa ikutan triathlon ya mbak”. Nah tuh! He also reminds me that
    “Hati-hati suka ada ular melintas”. 
  • after went out from golf track, finished line is literally just around the corner. I ran as fast as I could! Yay!!!!
  • So there It goes!
    First triathlon race before 40 *checked*

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    when was the last time you did something for the first time?

  • Had both kiddos cheering me up *double check*
  • Finish strong dan kayaknya keren *triple check* 😀

Fa-biayyi alaa’i Rabbi kuma tukadzdzi ban

IMG_6218my timing was 2:18, 42 mins before Cut Off Time.

 

PS : Sprint Distance category : 750m swin – 20 km bike – 5 km run

Olympic Distance category : 1,5 km swin – 40 km bike – 10 km run

More pics on Flickr!

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swim leg