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ILHAM SANG PETUALANG

 

gain-100Rinjani100-2017-100-CPRinjani100-2017-100-MapLTrek 100km di Rinjani. Pastinya tak main- main.

Padahal 52km saat awal MRU( Mount Rinjani Ultra), 2013 jika tak salah, sudah membuat ampun- ampun tak hanya pelari- pelari lokal, mancanegarapun dibuat mutung, kesal dan ambek.

Ah apa juga yg perlu ku khawatirkan. Toh jikapun tak finish aku sudah mencoba. Itukan yg penting?
Did Not Finish selalu lebih baik daripada Did Not Start. Entah dimana pernah kudengar seperti itu.

Ya, aku tahu sebelumnya. Beberapa jawara- jawara ada disini. Kecil kemungkinan bisa dapatkan podium. Tapi? Tunggu dulu. Rasa- rasanya aku melihat peluang di podium 3.
Mereka boleh jawara- jawara, tapi trek panjang dan trel? Dan di Rinjani? Siapa takut. Seorang saya, pengalaman boleh sedikit, usiapun tak lagi terbilang muda. Tapi semangatku  boleh di adu.
Podium 3 kan juga berhadiah. Niat belikan dan bagi- bagikan sembako di desaku, dari hadiah nanti adalah api semangatku yang luar- biasa. AKU BISA!

Dan..dengan biaya dari sang istri untuk menutupi semua biaya dan kelengkapan lari trel sederhanaku, terimakasih Istriku sayang 🙂 , akupun hadir diantara yang start di Senaru, di kategori 100.
Bergabung bersama beberapa pelari- pelari lain, lokal maupun mancanegara, ber gear ya ampun, walau ada satu- dua sesederhana aku, tapi sisanya adalah hmm apik rek 🙂 .

Bismillah.
Trek awal Senaru – Senaru Rim(WS 1, km 10,5/ ) mudah- mudah saja. Begitu juga trek berikut, sampai Sembalun Rim(WS2, km 18 ). Continue reading

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Ameng Atuh Ka Bandung..

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“Ameng Atuh Ka Bandung”..
Tak hanya tempat belanja baju & celana, jalan2 suka2, jalan kaki atau pake sepeda(punya sendiri atau sewa),  kuliner dimana saja( dari kali-lima sampai resto/ cafe yg gaya),  bandungpun ramah bagi yg suka olahraga.
Dari lintasan Pajajaran sampai lapang Saparua. Dari Lapang Upi sampai Sorga
http://www.infobdg.com/v2/6-jogging-track-di-bandung/ #explorebandung #infobandung #pemkotbandung

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Mengenal Medan Berlari Trel

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Pantai Pendawa Bali. Garmin Photo Session.

Hak gambar ada pada Patricia Heny.

Mengenal medan lari trel yang ada di kita. Dan bagaimana kita ‘menikmatinya’. Atau: mempersiapkan diri untuk sebagian. Sebagian lain biarlah kejutan 🙂 .
Sepertinya kita sepakat, bahwa lari trel adalah lari  selain dijalan yang menarik sekali. Menyehatkan, menenangkan, menghibur. dan biasanya menyenangkan. Terkadang saja menyebalkan.

Banyak hal menarik yang ada di lari- lari trel tanah- air. Yang mungkin tak ada ditempat lain.
Do’s & don’ts ditempat lain bisa jadi berbeda atau bahkan  tak berlaku di kita.
Ditempat lain mungkin ya bisa berlaku, “Usahakan jangan  berlari sendiri ditempat yang baru”. Ditempat lain yang sudah sedemikian membudayanya berlari. Tak sulit mencari teman.
Apalagi lari muncak gunung. ” pelajari dahulu trek yang akan dilalui.Beri tahu orang terdekat, kapan kita berangkat dan kapan perkiraan turun”.
Tentu saja berlaku juga di kita.
Atau, seringkalinya malah setelah beres muncak sendirian, lebih dulu saya sampai dirumah ketimbang whatsapp saya terbaca orang rumah 🙂 .

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Lereng Gunung Burangrang. Atau di perkampungan dipinggiran kotapun mirip- mirip seperti ini kan? 🙂

Kiri: Trek di Gunung Burangrang. Kanan: Tangkubanparahu.

Satu.
Kita mulai dari yang termudah. Dengan trek seperti diatas. #newbiefriendly .

Kelengkapan: sepatu trel dan atasan bawahan jersey jika ada. Jika tidak asal cukup nyaman saja.

Yang dibawa: satu botol minuman cukup.

Trek yang bukan aspal. Tak jauh dari tempat tinggal.
Rerumputan atau tanah di halaman disekitar pemukiman. Datar2 saja atau dengan sedikit naik dan turun yang landai.

Trek terbuka. Tak terhalang alang- alang atau tumbuhan, karena sering dilalui.

Tak perlu banyak2 yang dipersiapkan. Cukup handheld bottle saja. Satupun cukup.

Pijakan tak sulit, karena hampir rata saja. Baik tanah maupun rumput.

Dua.

Berikutnya adalah, jika start  yang agak jauh dari rumah.jadi mesti dicapai dahulu sekian waktu #newbiefriendly .

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Kiri: Danau Tiga Warna Kelimutu. Kanan: Bukit Pasir Bromo.

Yang dibawa: air dan makanan tergantung jarak dan ada tidaknya warung/ toko tempat kita beli sesuatu yg diperlukan.
Handheld bottle atau hydropack. Kamdig jika ada.
Semisal Sentul bagi teman2 Jakarta, Bogor dan Tangerang. Perkebunan teh Sukawana bagi Bandung dan sekitarnya.
Medannyapun beragam.
Ada yang bisa dengan santai sambil update status,( hati2 kepala terbentur batang/ dahan pohon yg melintang seketinggian kepala. Kecuali pakai helm dan siap trombophop),  karena tak perlu harus ngesot2 atau berpegangan pada apapun, atau dengan sedikit2 pegang sana- sini karena turunan yang lumayan curam. Walaupun mungkin hanya beberapa meter saja.
Semuanya berlaku, Berlari trel, artinya pemandangannya lebih hijau, lebih indah dan nyaman, tak hiruk- pikuk lalu- lalang kendaraan dan asapnya.

Disini sebotol minuman kita harus ditambah dengan lain2nya lagi. Cemilan dan uang secukupnya. Sarung tangan mulai diperlukan. Cukup sarung tangan wool seharga 5 ribuan.

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Kiri: Sungai air hangat di Kawah Ratu Gunung Salak. Kanan: Muara sungai di TamanJaya Ujungkulon.

3. Trek yang sama, tetapi berbonus istimewa,semisal kawah dan sungai yang bisa dilalui/ dicapai. Seperti Pasir Alit ke Kawah Ratu Gunung Salak. Atau start parkiran atas Tangkubanparahu, memutar kebalikan arah jarum jam, mengelilingi Kawah Ratu Tangkubanparahu. Sampai sebelum panjatan. Dan kembali. #newbiefriendly.
Yang dibawa: setelan ganti untuk yang ada acara basah2an disungainya. Kamdig cenderung wajib 🙂 .

4. Berikutnya adalah medan yang termasuk hutan, lereng gunung. Yang berpotensi untuk tersesat. Bahaya kelelahan, kedinginan dan dehidrasi.
Pemula sebaiknya disertai pelari trel yang sudah berpengalaman.
Kelengkapan: rain coat ringan( cukup yg 10an ribu, windbreaker, sepatu yang lebih sesuai, untuk kesiapan menghadapi segala medan trek, seperti pasir, batuan licin, tanah becek dan sungai. Jam bergps jika ada. Pluit, headlamp kecil, Sarung tangan, atasan jersey berwarna cerah. Obat2an pribadi, betadine dan plester penutup luka. Bandana serbaguna( banyak yang murah. 40an ribu,buatan Bandung), telfon genggam murah( bukan smartphone, berbattery tahan lama).

Penting sebelumnya untuk diketahui, provider mana yang paling kuat di area ini.

Karena tak semua gunung dilintasi banyak pengguna, harus diantisipasi trek yang agak tertutup semak2, dahan ranting melintang. Artinya ada kemungkinan tergores.
Sila pakai bagi yang nyaman memakai semacam bawahan panjang/ compression.

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Kiri: Pantai Pendawa, Bali. Kanan: Pantai Taman Jaya, Ujung Kulon.

Langkah kaki dan pijakan.
Perhatikan pijakan kita disini. Terutama saat menurun.
Menurun dengan perlahan. Tentu saja cenderung lebih aman. Tapi lebih mudah lelah/ berat pada paha dan betis, karena menahan  grafitasi.
Jika memungkinkan adalah turun dengan sedikit lebih cepat.
Hanya, seperti dalam catur, beberapa langkah/ pijakan sudah harus diperhitungkan. Karena pijakan yang salah diawal akan diikuti oleh pijakan2 salah di yang berikutnya.

Batuan2 tajam injak dengan bagian telapak tengah. Menghindari tergelincir kedepan atau kebelakang. Pijakan diusahakan tak membuat sudut dengan sol bawah sepatu. Jadi hampir sejajar( lagi- lagi kemungkinan tergelincir).

Semakin tegak lurus pijakan dengan arah turun kita semakin baik. Semakin besar peluang kita untuk lebih cepat. Berlari dengan cara  melompat kebagian- bagian tegak lurus ini.

Semakin cepat kita turun, harus semakin condong badan kita kedepan. Menghindari  terjerembab kebelakang saat terpeleset.

Mata yang jangan hanya terpaku kebawah, memperhatikan kemana dan apa pijakan kita, tapi juga kedepan. Tak jarang ada batang dan dahan pohon yang melintang seketinggian kepala.

 

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Menjelang Jembatan Setan Gunung Merbabu.
Yang terpenting untuk semua adalah, kesiapan yang baik.
1. Biasakan hari- hari untuk tak terlalu ‘memanjakan’ tubuh dengan terlalu mudah memakai pakaian2 tebal, agar saat kita berada di cuaca dingin( dihutan pegunungan/ ketinggian) kita masih bisa cukup hangat dengan 1 jacket.

Bisa dibayangkan, jika hari2 saja dikota kita berjacket, apa lagi yang akan dipakai saat kita diketinggian. Ya kan?

2. Biasakan selalu bergerak. hindari duduk atau diam berlama- lama. Gerak, gerak dan gerak. Sebadan.  Jadi jangan hanya telunjuk saja yang bergerak.

3. Semua sepatu trel semestinya cukup baik. Dengan waktu dan jam terbang lari ngetrel kita, kita akan lebih pasti lagi mengetahui brand, type mana yang paling sesuai untuk kaki kita.

Yang penting bukan sepatu mana sesuai dengan medan yang mana, tetapi sepatu dengan peruntukan yang jelas yang sesuai dengan kaki kita. Setelahnya adalah kaki dan sepatu yang menyatu, yang seperti mempunyai mata dan perasaan, menyesuaikan gerak langkah dan pijakan. Apapun medannya.

4. Persiapan yang baik adalah persiapan yang tak mesti baik, sempurna.. Bingung? Jangan 🙂 . Tak mesti semuanya siap baru ngetrel. jika ya begitu, entah kapan kita ngetrelnya.
Jadi sisakan sedikit untuk kejutan. Kejutan yang mungkin mengesalkan bahkan menyebalkan, tapi setelahnya adalah kisah cerita seru yang membuat kita lebih cepat lagi terlatih.

Kapan- kapan saya sambung dengan trek- trek lainnya.Semoga bermanfaat.

Salam,

Yuk Ngetrel 🙂

 

 

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Berlatih Lari Di Ketinggian

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Pada dasarnya , berlari di ketinggian adalah berlari di udara yang lebih tipis(  hypoxia).
Jika dilakukan lebih sering, bahkan banyak dilakukan oleh atlet dalam rentang waktu tertentu( salah- satu tempat berlatih atlet lari nomor 1 indonesia, Agus Prayogo,  adalah Pangalengan. Altitude training).
Yang terjadi adalah tubuh akan berusaha memproduksi sejumlah energi yang dibutuhkan akan tetapi dalam kondisi  keterbatasan oksigen. Usaha inilah, jika dilakukan sering, yg memicu meningkatkan sistem kerja respitori tubuh, cardiovascular dan utilisasi oksigen yang lebih effisien.

Ada pendapat lain. Live high, train low. Yang lebih penting adalah tinggalnya di ketinggian. Sementara berlatihnya yang tak mesti. Yang tentunya sebagian besar ‘bernafas’ nya yang justru di ketinggian.

Sampai- sampai untuk ini bahkan ada simulatornya. Mulai dari tenda, kamar tidur dan kelengkapan berlatih dengan masker yang bisa mensimulasikan keterbatasan oksigen sampai seperti di ketinggian 6400 meter.

Jadi tak mesti ke ketinggian yang sebenarnya.

Aman? Sesuai jugakah altitude training ini bagi kita, pelari2 trel sekedar cantik suka2? Tentu saja. Sejauh bertahap dan hati- hati.

Ada hal lain yang bisa kita dapat dari altitude training. Ya, betul. Semakin tinggi  tempat kita berlari, relatif semakin bersih udaranya, semakin indah pemandangannya.Semakin nyaman dan semakin bahagia tentunya.
Yang saya maksud adalah,semakin tinggi,semakin menjauhi kota.

Live high, train high yang sebenarnya? Tak lain dan tak bukan Sang jawara lari trel ultra/ gunung Killian Jornet 🙂
Yuk Ngetrel! Maenkan!

 

 

The main reason runners head for the hills is because high-altitude air contains less oxygen than sea-level air, a situation that forces the body to compensate in a variety of ways conducive to improved distance-running performance.
Read more at http://running.competitor.com/2013/06/training/whats-the-real-story-with-altitude-training_30368#SdjfIsm4LwhQ2MHX.99
The main reason runners head for the hills is because high-altitude air contains less oxygen than sea-level air, a situation that forces the body to compensate in a variety of ways conducive to improved distance-running performance.
Read more at http://running.competitor.com/2013/06/training/whats-the-real-story-with-altitude-training_30368#SdjfIsm4LwhQ2MHX.99
The main reason runners head for the hills is because high-altitude air contains less oxygen than sea-level air, a situation that forces the body to compensate in a variety of ways conducive to improved distance-running performance.
Read more at http://running.competitor.com/2013/06/training/whats-the-real-story-with-altitude-training_30368#SdjfIsm4LwhQ2MHX.99
The main reason runners head for the hills is because high-altitude air contains less oxygen than sea-level air, a situation that forces the body to compensate in a variety of ways conducive to improved distance-running performance.
Read more at http://running.competitor.com/2013/06/training/whats-the-real-story-with-altitude-training_30368#SdjfIsm4LwhQ2MHX.99
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Berlari Trel Membelah Pulau Jawa

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Jauh dan ajrut2an.Perjalanan panjang yg mengesalkan dan melelahkan. Hanya untuk sampai penginapan. Berlanjut esok hari nya ke titik start. Treknya sendiri adalah berjalan dan berlari nyeker sepanjang puluhan km. Melalui aspal panas, tanah dan rumputan becek penuh duri dan ranting tajam. Sungai sedalam pinggang tanpa jembatan. Jikapun ada adalah berpijakan hanya bbrpa batang bambu yg sebagian sudah lapuk. Dengan pegangan yg sulit dari jangkauan.
Tentu saja pada akhirnya adalah pantai selatan yg indah memukau. Dengan deburan ombaknya yg tinggi dan membahana.
Menyempurnakan pengalaman ngetrel, membelah pulau jawa, yang indah yang pada akhirnya luar- biasa menyenangkan dan tak terlupakan.
Tapi, Jejak2 badak yg kami temukan menyadarkan kami akan perjuangan teman2 relawan di konservasi badak Ujungkulon.
Ribuan hari yg mereka dedikasikan untuk  Ujungkulon dan badaknya. Dikenal di dunia sebagai World Heritage Site.
Aksi2 kami menjadi seperti tidak ada apa2nya dibanding apa yang sudah sekian lama mereka lakukan. Dan berlanjut sampai saat ini.
Apa2 yg kami lakukan, yg entah kapan lagi dilakukan, adalah keseharian mereka. Dengan segala keterbatasan. Keterbatasan sarana. Keterbatasan dukungan dari pihak penyelenggara negeri ini.
Semangat teman2 Ujungkulon!

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Age is just a number……. by Dewi Satriyani

Age is just a number…….

November 26, 2013 at 3:33pm

Usia itu cuma angka, dan akhirnya yang membedakan tua dan muda itu akhirnya berpulang pada semangat setiap manusianya, dan saya menemukannya pada opa,sahabat,teman dan guru saya yang akrab disapa Aki. Sampai saat saya menulis notes inipun saya bahkan tidak mengetahui nama aslinya.

Belum terlalu lama saya mengenal beliau, tapi banyak pengalaman berharga dan moment berkesan yang sempat saya lewati. Yang saya dengar selama ini beliau adalah orang yang cukup disegani di kalangan pelari, mungkin layak juga kalau disebut trendsetter, tapi lepas dari semua popularitasnya saya sungguh tidak melihat Aki sebagai pelari ataupun selebritis yang untouchable.

Saya bukan pelari mahir, boro-boro mahir, belum 1 KM aja kadang suka udah nyerah, dari kecil juga saya nggak punya mimpi bisa masuk hutan, ikutan trel apalagi mendaki bukit. Jaman kecil, anti sama yang namanya Pramuka, kemah juga sekalipun belum pernah ngrasain. Sampai akhirnya Aki mengajak saya untuk ikutan ngetrail. Belagak gila, tawaran itupun saya terima. Dan benar saja, trail pertama saya ada di barisan terakhir, terpisah tak terlalu jauh, tapi lebih sering berhenti dibanding berlari. Tapi aki sangat telaten mendampingi saya, memegang tangan saya erat ketika menemui medan yang licin dan terjal, ataupun saat menapaki tanjakan dengan jalan setapak yang kalau dilihat kanan kiri udah pingin muntah. Trail paling berkesan saat di Bukit Tunggul, sepertinya cuma sepuluh kilo katanya, tapi elevasinya itu bikin ngilu, terutama buat saya pemula.

Aki tidak pernah menakuti orang yang ingin mencoba trail, meskipun kalau dipikir2 kaya berasa dijorokin sama Aki, karena beliau selalu bilang ini track buat beginner. Begitu sampai venuenya sempet mewek juga.

But on top of that, dari beliau saya belajar mengalahkan rasa takut, terutama takut masuk hutan dan berlari di perbukitan. Saya juga belajar betapa siapapun punya kemungkinan yang sama untuk merasakan nikmatnya nge trail seminim apapun kemampuan kita untuk berlari dan berapapun usia Anda.

Semangat Aki luar biasa, terutama untuk memasyarakatkan trail. Dia orang gila yang menurut saya suka nekad dalam artian positif. Mungkin sedikit banyak bisa dibilang risk taker sejati. Aki mengubah apa yang dirasa tidak mungkin menjadi potensi luar biasa.

dan saya masih menunggu beliau mewujudkan mimpi mengencani 57 gunung sebelum pertambahan usianya nanti. Siapapun pasti akan bangga untuk mendampingi beliau menyelesaikan ekspedisinya.

Dirgahayu Opa, semoga kamu tidak pernah lelah menjadi inspirasi untuk kita semua.

Sehat dan panjang umur selalu.

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Teman- teman Saya Yang Hebat

26 November.
Lapar dan haus teramat- sangat. Tak ada lagi yg bisa dimakan & diminum. Jikapun ada pastinya seketika itu juga keluar lagi. Maaf, dimuntahkan.
Asam lambung sudah kadung naik.
Lemas tak tersisa tenaga sedikitpun.
Duduk letih dan  lemah.bersandar dipohon yg tak lagi bisa menahan curah hujan. Sendiri.
Di ketinggian Plawangan, Tempat pendaki bermalam sebelum muncak Rinjani.
Beberapa saat tadi baru turun dari muncak Rinjani. Belasan menit setelah Kang Hendra. Dan lebih lama lagi setelah Kang Rudy.
Kang Rudy tak tahu lagi entah dimana.
Kang Hendra katanya antara Plawangan dan Segara Anak.
Pasrah. Tak ada lagi yg bisa diperbuat.
Belokan turun ke Segara Anak tak juga ditemukan. Sudah belasan kali dicoba,
Sampai, ya sampai tak kuat lagi melangkah.
Dering telpon Kang Hendra ada sekali2.
Pastinya karena signal yang kadang ada kadang tidak. Menanyakan apakah belokannya sudah ditemukan.
Setelah sekian kali dijawab belum, akhirnya jawaban saya terakhir adalah sudah.
Hanya agar Kang Hendra tak lagi mengkhawatirkan saya, dan, sungguh menjawab telponpun sudah tak kuat.
Selang beberapa puluh menit masuk sms/ bbm teman2 mengucapkan selamat ulang- tahun.
Satu, dua, beberapa sekaligus. Belas, dan ya ampun, seperti tersadarkan, bahwa saya punya banyak teman. Banyak sekali.
Tak saya sadari, saya menitikan airmata.
Setelahnya adalah isakan.
Isakan bahagia, karena entah bagaimana mulainya tiba2 saya merasa tidak sendiri lagi.
Tiba2 tersadar bahwa sepertinya ada banyak teman2 yg menunggu seperti apapun kisah2 lari2 gunung saya. Jika ya begitu maka tak boleh diri ini menyerah.
Tiba2 saja saya mempunyai kekuatan lagi.
Kekuatan yg saya yakin cukup untuk bangun, dan memulai pencarian belokan ke Segara Anak.
Ternyata belokan yang dicari hanyalah belasan meter arah utara dari tempat saya semula tadi.
Selanjutnya beberapa jam kami bertiga sudah berkumpul di Segara Anak. Selamat, tanpa kurang suatu apa. Alhamdullillah.
Dua tahun kemudian, beberapa hari kemarin teman2 saya bukan lagi sekedar berlari gunung, tapi berlomba berlari di gunung.
Artinya ada batas waktu yang harus mereka perhitungkan.
Dengan jarak 50km, 102km dan 165km.
Dengan berbagai tingkat pengalaman dan kemampuan.
Dari yang pemula sekali. Sampai yang sudah beberapa kali penamat lomba2 lari trel ultra dimanapun.
Padahal kisah saya diatas hanyalah 30an km saja.
Saya yakin, tantangan, hambatan dan perjuangan mereka pastinya lebih lagi dari saya.
Biaya, waktu, persiapan, cuaca, medan yang sulit dan berbahaya. Tidur yang kurang. Makan dan minum yang mungkin berbeda dengan biasanya.
Tapi begitu besar niat dan keinginan mereka untuk turut di hajatan ini.
Bersukur acaranya selesai dengan, semoga saya tidak salah, berhasil dan selamat.
Teman2, kalian sungguh luar- biasa. Tamat atau tidak tamat kalian telah membuat sejarah.
Langkah menuju Indonesia sebagai salah- satu tujuan hajatan lari trel ultra dunia sudah dimulai.
Tak bisa lagi dihalangi.
Dengan kenyataan bahwa kita mempunyai ratusan gunung, pebukitan dan medan trel dimana- mana, bukan hal yg mustahil berikutnya adalah menjadikan tanah-air sebagai kiblat lari trel ultra maupun non ultra dunia.
Saya yakin dan percaya sekali.
Terimakasih teman- teman, kalian dan apa yang baru saja kalian lakukan merupakan hadiah termanis dan terindah diulang- tahun saya..
Tak terlupakan juga doa dan dukungan dari teman2 yang lain.

Salam,

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The Interview

My answers to one of many interviews i’ve had.

Mengapa lari (dan bukan sepeda, nge gym, triathlon)?

Running has always been one of my dream.
It’s a pretty cool sport, where you have only your own body to depend on. with no extra help, unlike biking, swimming in a pool or any other certain physical activities.
You can pretty much do it anywhere, anytime. By yourself or with anyone else.
The reason i only got to do it now is solely because of that i was worried i wouldn’t’ve been able to do it.
I was born with asthma and bronchytis.
It was so overwhelming that at the tender age of 3 months, they claimed i was helpless.

Kapan mulai lari, dan sejak saat itu apa beda yang anda rasakan (dari segala sisi kehidupan, feel free to answer from any, or all, aspect)?

I actually tried running on 2000. I happened to see a couple of people did it on the tennis field (which i happen to not do anymore for 6 years).
It only lasted for a year ( a slow jog for 20 laps everyday). It was probably due to exhaustion (both tennis and my lack of dietery knowledge) tha i got hep. A.
I stayed in the hospital for 11 days.
It wan’t until 2010 that i got myself to do it again.
I made sure to consult on my health to a doctor this time.
I felt okay before. Normal. But after i did it a couple of times, i found myself to be in a way better condition than i’ve been before.
I rarely cough, nor have any asthma episode, i could even drink iced water.
It only gotten better after i started trail running for a couple of months.
Then even though i’m not exactly one of those gym bunnies, i can at least claim that i have a pretty good physique.
I fell in love with running. Mountain running. Especially when i’m by myself, like having a true me-time.
I get to be with my thoughts when i run. And at the same time i could think of planning of my next steps in life ahead of time.
This goes along really well with my job as a house planner, where i get strokes of ideas when i run.
I even sometimes think to myself “why didn’t i thought of that before?”.

I was perfectly happy before, but thankfully gotten even way happier after running.
Like for instance, i stopped and think how awesome it is to marvel at the wondrous nature and surrounding at a short period amount of time.
Instant mountain hopping, one day climbing. I went on the morning and got home by the evening.
Pretty cool, with little to no fuzz, like any hiking normally would be.

How many ultra runs (di atas 42.2km) and what’s the longest run, you’ve participated in, and can you share what went through your mind for such a long journey, and were there any point in which it was particularly challenging?

I do a lot of ultra runs by myself.
It started from my love and running and the realization that i’m not exactly young anymore. At the age of 54, i’m not able to do any routine training (as much as i probably should have), probably not a good thing to follow either.
I do ultra runs to accelerate. Meaning after 3 months of running, i did approximately 50-70k of long runs. By the 5th month, i’ve done about 80-100 k.
I remember during Bintaro- Bogor- Bintaro, i have the urge to meet with Kang Hendra Wijaya.
I had to do it twice, cause he couldn’t make it at first (97k).
Bintaro- Muara Angke- Bintaro, 66km.
– Bintaro-  Tangerang- Karawaci- BSD.95km.
– Sukabumi- Ujunggenteng, 126km,
-Pangalengan- Rancabuaya, 88km,
-The North Face Singapore trail race, 50km( 2nd trail run race).
-Kamojang, Jawa- Barat Trail Race. 25 +18km(2 etappe). Yes it’s only local, but i feel like i should include it.
This means the most to me, cause it’s my very 1st race. And i got 2nd place, of only 5 runners.Haha..
1st place (by 15 minutes at the 1st ettape, 25 k) was a 40 year old former athlete.
The 3rd place was a runner who’s started running longer than i had, also in his 40’s, presumably also a former athlete.
The track was unbelievable. There’s one that was about 1 km across a 50 cm deep river with a pretty rough stream, while the surrounding trees are so low that forced us to run while slightly bending over every now and then.
I have to thank Muara Sianturi, who also participated. Not for deciding to not join the ettape the next day, but for convincing me to join the race at all.
And i’m pretty sure he let me won 2nd place, which he could totally have won if he wanted to.
He was one of my mentors, along with Jerry Karundeng and a few others.

– Went on a power trail to 3 mountains, Salak, Gede, Pangrango, 65k with Kang Hendra Wijaya, Rudy Ansyah, Djawa, and some few others.
– Coast2Coast ( BromoTenggerSemeru). Running from the North coast of Java to the South coast of Java, through Bromo, Ranupane, Ranukumbolo. 134k
– Bandung- Cianjur- Bandung, 99k. At the Run & Roses event with Hendra Wijaya, Bugi. I picked Bugi up who ran from Bogor to Bandung, to give roses for his girlfriend who lives in Bandung.
– Bandung Karawang, 92k at the Allianz event.
– Kawahputih- Cidaun- Sindangbarang- Agrabinta, 159k with Hendra Wijaya & Rudy Ansyah.

– Bandung- Tasikmalaya, 99k.

How many long distance event have you participated in, and which one is most memorable, and why?

The North Face Singapore was the only long run event i’ve ever participated in.
But the most memorable one was probably the Kinabalu Climbathlon that wasn’t a long trail race.
With a name that majestic, it’s also notorious as the toughest mountain trail run event in the world.
Of course everyone was more than eager to conquer it. Especially for me, who is more than thankful for being able to partake at this age.
And i finished it at a normal pace. The COT was 3hrs 30 mins to the top (the veteran group).
During a couple of km left to the top (forgot when exactly), i found a couple of racers to be overwhelmed by it. Like they were starving and thirsty. Some were helping others by bringing them food and drinks till everyone managed to get back on their feet.
I was caught off guard for a while realizing how little my experience i had was.
So instead of continuing the race, i just stopped and overthink everything that could go wrong. Like what if that happened to me?
I didn’t realize how long i was stopping. After dusting myself off i continued the race.
At 3850 mdpl (The Kinabalu top is 4052 mdpl) i arrived at just the time limit (COT) of 3 hours 30 mins.
Which means i’m DNF.
But for some reason i feel no regrets whatsoever. Eventhough i longed to win it at first.
I felt like i was more than content.
Sure i didn’t get the medal i could show off to people. But the validation that i could finish the race was enough for me.
I didn’t participate in any race eversince.

After the last Kinabalu event i mostly do local trail run events, and i decided to just do so. Which turned out to be more challenging for me, a lot more fun and more beautiful.
I also feel the responsibility to re-introduce my country to people outside.

What is your biggest running achievement (does’t have to be race related)?

I think every experience was a great achievement for me.

How do you keep yourself motivated, to continue running?

Sport is an invesment to our health for now and in the future. And to me running is the best.
I think of running as the lowest form of a high health insurance. Not only that, t also make me feel good, and happier.
Sounds exaggerating but that’s how i feel.

What would be your most important advise, to beginner runners?

It’s so simple to just start with very much benefits. If you ever have any doubts of starting something, be my guest. But if it’s running,
Just run, once it is done, the rest is addiction.

What is your running goal, race wise? What is your running goal, in general?

My goal is to take tiny steps but faster and further everytime. Hopefully by the end of 2014 i could join the triathlon.

Who’s your favorite runner, and why?

My favorite runners are the new ones wo just started but already have high spirits. They’re the ones who motivate me to do more.
Because no matter how simple running is, getting started is the hardest part.

Describe your favorite shoe (bisa imajinasi, bisa yg sudah ada di pasaran)?

Barefoot shoes or anything with thin soles. laceless for practicallity. As for dangerous terrains such as cliffs, steep steps i go with Salomon S-Lab… and.. err Eiger for sure 🙂 . For average category i choose Teva and New Balance.

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There are lots of tracks around the world you name it. BromoTenggerSemeru100Ultra is one of the prettiest

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EAST JAVA – INDONESIA – The Mount Bromo Tengger Semeru Ultra Run race is a unique event that aims to challenge your inner spirit and physical state, as well as to provide race participants with magnificent natural beauty and environment of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in East Java – Indonesia at various altitude level.

Running at the high altitude region of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, you will experience tracks filled with various scenery, such as sea of volcanic sand (2.200 masl) with low temperature and strong wind. Then you will be running through rural back roads, forest path and prairie with a distant magnificent view of the highest mountain in Java, Mount Semeru (3.676 masl) and the tranquility of Lake Ranu Kumbolo (2.400 masl).

At last, this Bromo Tengger Semeru Ultra Run race will challenged you through 3 different distances, 160 km, 100 km and 50 km, in comfortable weather conditions and a very scenic route.

There are three race categories within the Bromo Tengger Semeru 100 Ultra with total distance of 160Km, 100Km, and 50Km

RACE ORGANIZER

Bromo Tengger Semeru 100 Ultra Committee (Trail Runner Indonesia Community (a Non-Profit Organization))

BACKED BY

Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park (TNBTS) Ministry of Indonesian Tourism Agency, Goverment of Malang Regency, Government of Probolinggo Regency, Government of Lumajang Regency, Government of Pasuruan Regency, Trail Runners Indonesia (TRI), FORAKSI, Young Pioneer (YEPE) Malang, MAPALA Tursina Malang

RACE DATES

Friday, November 22, 2013

Bromo-Tengger-Semeru100 Ultra
DATE Friday, November 22, 2013. Starts at 03:00 pm
DISTANCE 160K
CUMULATIVE ALTITUDE GAIN
TIME LIMIT 46 hours
START / FINISH
Bromo-Tengger-Semeru100 Ultra
DATE Friday, November 22, 2013. Starts at 03:00 pm
DISTANCE 100K
CUMULATIVE ALTITUDE GAIN
TIME LIMIT 32 hours
START/FINISH
Bromo-Tengger-Semeru100 Ultra
DATE Saturday, November 23, 2013. Starts at 05:00 am
DISTANCE 50K
CUMULATIVE ALTITUDE GAIN
TIME LIMIT 12 hours
START/FINISH

CONDITIONS TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS RACE

  1. You understand the unique nature and requirements of competing in an ultra-long distance trail running race. You will be running in the dark of early morning and all day through mountainous terrain and have undertaken the necessary training to compete in such a race.
  2. You will be responsible for yourself and have the ability to deal with any problems that may be encountered during the race.
  3. You are able to deal with, on your own without assistance, deteriorating weather conditions (low temperatures, strong winds, and rain) and other troubles expected when traveling across mountainous terrain.
  4. You are able to deal with extreme fatigue, internal organ and digestive problems, muscle pain, mild physical injuries and psychological problems on your own.
  5. You fully understand that you are responsible for overcoming the above conditions 1 to 4 on your own and that it is not the responsibility of the race organization.
  6. You are fully aware that when participating in an outdoor activity such as this race, your safety depends on your own skills and abilities.
  7. Video/television footage, photos, articles, race results, etc. may be used and/or shown in newspapers, television, magazines, internet, pamphlets, etc. You understand and agree that these rights belong to the race organization and may be used for these purposes.

If during the 2013 race, you do not meet the above race conditions, your entry to the 2014 race may be declined

QUALIFIER

For participant who will enter 160K should had experience at least once in 100K ultra trail race and proof the event name, time record and send by email to BTS100Ultra@yahoo.com

RACE ENTRY FEES

160Km
FOREIGNER US$ 150 / runner
INDONESIAN US$ 100 / runner or IDR 1000000 / runner
100Km
FOREIGNER US$ 125 / runner
INDONESIAN US$ 75 / runner or IDR 750000 / runner
50Km
FOREIGNER US$ 75 / runner
INDONESIAN US$ 50 / runner or IDR 500000 / runner

Registration for Bromo Tengger Semeru 100 Ultra (BTS 100 Ultra) will due on OCTOBER 31st 2013. The Race Organizer WILL NOT accept any more participant after the due date.

*The Entry Fee is not refundable

There are lots of tracks around the world you name it. Bromo Tengger Semeru 100 Ultra is one of the prettiest.

From start to finish we’ll be treated with some marvelous  view.

Dirt track, rocks and sands of bromo are just waiting to be explored.

50k, 100k or 160k the choice is yours.

http://www.bromotenggersemeru100ultra.com

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I suddenly remember who that lady was

BilanganFuI really have to write this.
Yesterday on my flight to Malang, the plane’s air con didn’t function very well, which rarely happens.
I was sleepy cuse i was driving all the way from Bandung to Soekarno- Hatta Airport, so i tried hard to sleep.
I forgot for how long but Bang Nefo who was on the left side of the line, chatting with a passenger from the right side of the row.
I remember this guy was wearing a hat, but i forgot what type of hat it was.
They were chatting about running and i was pretty excited because running’s always been a topic of interest for me.
I was still sleepy as i looked at their way, a lady on the guy’s left joined the conversation. That’s pretty cool, i thought to myself.
Before long i also joined the conversation.
After only a few sentences the plane landed.
They said goodbye first, cause they had to get off the plane first.
When i walked out, i can still spot them and i thought they were about to take pictures of the plane.
Turns out they asked to take pictures with us. Say no more, i was happy to do it, considering i was never a camera shy kinda person.
And so we did, turns out the guy in the hat wanted to take our pic all along. he used Leica, M5 i think. Meaning he’s either a rich amateur or really is a professional photographer.
And then we took another photo together. The one above was taken with my cellphone. We still need to wait for the luggages, while they went immediately.
As we waited, Bang Nefo casually mentioned that the lady was a writer, or  novelist, or something he wasn’t really sure of either.
I suddenly remember who that lady was.
The name’s Ayu, Ayu something. Then i recalled it was Ayu Utami.
Ok, no wonder she sounds familiar.
So that’s it for now.

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Eiger Trail Running Shoes

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I got a package of shoes from Eiger today. It was sent home while i was out, but i’m really excited about it so i went to
Eiger Adventure Store Bandung at Jl. Sumatera.

It’s Eiger’s first trail running shoes. Finally we have some local products for trail running. It looks attractive with really bold colors of red and green. It’s one of the few models that’s released at the same time.
It’s already with a quicklace system. So you won’t find any hassle trying to tie it as you run. Not to mention the shoe tongue that’s got some kind of hooks to hold the ties in. Very practical. Like the ones from other international brands. For this model the bottom sole is not a  vibram. But the outside sole looks awesome. It’s got reflector in the back that you can spot at night.
Let’s see how it goes when i use it tomorrow on Jayagiri track of Tangkubanparahu with its rocky road.
See ya

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Mt Rinjani Ultra 2013

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4 in the morning, quicker than expected. i could spot a small light in the distance. I suspected it was the track for the runners around Segara Anak. I was with Jane Djuarahadi, Femina Group photographer, was holding down the post 4, Plawangan.
jane and myself were on The 8th Team, the one who came up with this event. With  Hendra Wijaya and  Nefo Ginting as the some sort of project manager. The other 4 were  Florenciano Hendricus Mutter , Djawa Wijoyo Kusumo , Josephine Pipin, and Rudy Ansyah.
I did ok, but the rest did wonderful. jane who is also a trail runner, along with Pipin, the finisher of The North Face 50k trail run in Singapore. Both like to travel, for both hobby or work.
Hendra Wijaya is no stranger to anyone, finisher of many trail runs in Singapore, HK, Philipine, Australia, japan and the last one is UTMB.
He also the one who came up with Lari Gunung Nusantara, Garmin supported mountain trail run, as a way to introduce trail running as well as national tourism.
Nefo Ginting is no stranger to Indonesian diving and climbing scene. With his countless  experiences and friends in many places, he had no trouble getting things started.
Hendricus Mutter was the Chief of Indonesian Mountain Climbing federation and is still active on the climbing scene. Cartenz Pyramid and The Himalaya were some of the places he’s climbed.
If you’re ever planning on hiking, Djawa Wijoyo Kusumo is the man you need to go to, He knows every step of the way plus his survival skill is second to none.
las but definitely not least is rudy Ansyah, a seasoned finisher in many trail run events in the veteran category.
I need to mention the people above because without them, Mt. Rinjani Ultra Trail 2013 wouldn’tve happened in the first place.
It was such an honor to finally have an international trail running event being held in Indonesia. It literally was a dream come true.
We have so many beautiful terrains just waiting to be explored.

I need to go way back to Oct 2010.
Kinabalu climbathon. It was said to be one of the toughest trail running in the world. A lot of high profile world runners participated, such as Kilian Jornet , Marco De Gaspari. We had more than 600 participants and only 115 managed to get to the finish line. Some didn’t finish, and many others were only there to just for the sake of it, with no target to finish it. I was one of whom didn’t get to finish on time. Of the 3,5 hours of the given time for the veteran category (over 40 y.o)  i only managed to get to 150 m to the top.
I was thankful and with no regrets. I gave my best shot. While i was there i realized i was one of the only 5 participants from Indonesia. While many were from nearby Asian countries such as Singapore, Philipine, Japan. Malaysia, which was the host, had the most participants, of course.
Indonesia needed to have similar, if not better events in the near future.

Local dances started the opening of the race. Right at 00.00 on the 17th of August, right on Indonesia’s independence day, 82 participants started at Senaru. At 600m high. Most are international trail runners while some are from here. many were even beginners.
The 1st track was rocky gravels, 6 km to the 1st post. Hiking to 2600 masl on the 2nd, within 10km.
Was an overwhelming track both mentally and physically. Lots of steep ups and downs. Most were without safety fences.
With only a small glimpse of light from the headlight, which was compulsory. The sky was fortunately not cloudy. The moonlight and the star helped the sights a bit.
The next track was the downhill run to Segara Anak lake. A lake that resides in kalderagunung Rinjani, Sembalun Lawang village,  Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat. The name Segara Anak means child of the sea given to the blue colour of the lake reminiscent of the sea. It was on less than 2000 masl.
From here the track were less tough than the previous ones. It was dirt and grass. The next track we’re back to the familiar toughness. It was filled with huge rocks. Slippery when raining, the next climb to the 4th post were also steep and exhausting.
The 4th post were the make-it-or-break-it point which decided if the participant could go on to the top of Rinjani with cut off time 10 hours from start.
The expert runners would’ve been able to get to the top in one hour. And 45 mins of running back down. While beginners would need at least twice as long.
We have a term here, called the 2-1 step, which means  2 steps up followed by 1 step downhill.
It was really an exhausting track.
It spread around 3-8 to the top. The view, however, is magnificent, right from Senaru, especially all the way to Segara Anak lake.
Back to Plawangan, the 4th post. The rule was once you passed the 10 hrs cut off time to the top, participants are obligated to take an evacuation track. Which means you can’t go to start in Senaru, but to Sembalun. While the rest who can still carry on, after going down from the top of Rinjani (5th post) they have to go back to post 6th, the farthest before Sembalun. with cut off time  of 3hrs, they could go back to post 4 before finishing up at Senaru, where the starting point is.
Out of the 82 participants of MRU, only 10 managed to finish under the time given.
It was a general agreement that this was the toughest track they’ve ever experienced. Even compared to the 100 km.
At first there were a lot of disappointments from the ones who couldn’t finish. But after, they were also proud to have been a part of the first indonesian trail running event. The toughest one to boot.
The race has finished, but the memory will not.
The race that every local runners have been waiting for, and luckily a lot of international participants enjoyed too.
Last August Hendra Wijaya finished his UTMB, The good news were quickly followed with another good news, the one that’s also been long awaited.
Mt. RInjani was qualified 2 of points for UTMB 2014. Thanks God.
The achievement couldn’tve been done without the support by the originators, sponsors, Government Agencies, fellow track runner from across the world ; Barbara Oravetz , Franc Girardot and team, Maggie Kim Hong Yeo, Allan Lee, Senaru’s official volunteers, hopefully could also bring good spirits on the upcoming events.
Here’s to making better upcoming events, more challenging, in places with even more breathtaking views.

The road has finally been paved. Hopefully Indonesia could be the world’s ultra trail running destination or at least Asean. No one can stop our intention to grow further from here on.
See you in Bromo Tengger Semeru 100 Ultra.

Aki Niaki.

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Courage Is Only An Accumulation Of Small Steps

George Konrad

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Courage Is Only An Accumulation Of Small Steps

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RUN LIMITLESS

a Garmin’s Photo Shoot By Patricia Heny

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RUN LIMITLESS

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Indonesia, the worlds ultra trail running race event destination has just begun

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The road has finally been paved. Hopefully Indonesia could be the world’s ultra trail destination or at least Asean. No one can stop our intention to grow further from here on – Hendra wijaya

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A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality John Lennon

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The world has 7 summits. We already have 7 summits of indonesia.
Cartenz Pyramid, the highest top of papua island.
Mt. Binaiya, the highest top of maluku.
Rantemario in Latimojong, the highest top of Sulawesi.
Mt. Bukit Raya, the highest top of Kalimantan.
Rinjani, the highest top of Nusa Tenggara & Bali island.
Mahameru, the highest top of jawa.
Indrapura, mt. Kerinci, the highest top of Sumatra.

Mt. Rinjani Ultra, Indonesian sports event the Mount Rinjani Ultra Race is set to start on August 17, featuring two running categories: The 52km & 21km race) has just been qualified for 2 points for UTMB ( Mountain race, with numerous passages in high altitude (>2500m), in difficult weather conditions (night, wind, cold, rain or snow), that needs a very good training, adapted equipment and a real capacity of personal autonomy). Bromo Tengger Semeru 100 Ultra will be on 22-24th of November 2013.
Hopefully the next series will get the other 5 tops of indonesia.

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality – John Lennon

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