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CATATAN SEORANG NEWBIE TRAIL RUNNER DI BromoTenggerSemeru100Ultra oleh Ina Budiyarni

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Tak pernah terlintas dalam pikiran saya sebelumnya, saya akan menjadi finisher Bts100Ultra 50k dengan waktu 11 jam 12 menit. Di bawah Cut Off Time yang 12 jam.
Senang dan bangga bercampur jadi satu, karena saya bisa melawan ketakutan dalam diri saya.. Takut di hutan sendirian..
Seketika saya buka foto album ‘RUN’ dalam Facebook saya yang berisi foto-foto sebagian lelarian saya di tahun 2013 ini. Tahun 2012 saya baru sanggup lari 5k dan 10k dalam race, itupun seperti keong..
Tahun 2013 saya banyak bertemu dengan orang-orang hebat yang menginspirasi saya dalam lelarian. Juga kompor-kompor yang akhirnya membuat saya melakukan my 1st 21k Half Marathon di awal tahun 2013 dan my 1st 42k Full Marathon di tengah tahun 2013.
Tapi tidak dengan trail run.. Trail run pertama saya adalah 10k Tahura trail run. Setelah itu boro-boro mau ikut trail lagi. Yang ada di otak saya trail itu gear nya ribet dan menghabiskan banyak waktu. Karena harus seharian, dari pagi sampai sore.
Sebagai seorang single mother, yang terfikir adalah, lari di akhir minggu cukup hanya lari dijalan saja. Setelahnya lebih baik menghabiskan waktu dengan anak, yang adalah segalanya bagi saya.
Saya menghitung berapa banyak foto dan mengingat kronologi trail run saya, sebelum akhirnya nekat mengikuti BTS100Ultra 50k. Dan ternyata secara total baru 7x trail run yang saya ikuti sepanjang hidup saya. Untuk selanjutnya ikut BTS Ultra 50 dengan track yang gilaaa..
Di antara padatnya aktifitas saya berkantor, mengurus anak & aktifitas-aktifitas lainnya, di akhir minggu, di minggu-minggu trakhir menjelang race, saya luangkan waktu untuk latihan ngetrel. Dengan jarak puluhan km di Sentul bersama dengan teman-teman yang hebat..
Teman-teman saya yang bukan pelari menanyakan, ” Apa sih yang kamu cari dengan ikut race 50k naik turun gunung?’”.
Mungkin saat itu saya belum tahu pasti dan belum bisa menjawab atas pertanyaan itu. Yang saya tahu hanya, ada keinginan yang kuat sekali untuk turut serta di BTS Ultra 50.
Walaupun saya masih newbie trail runner, saya hanya berfikir jika orang lain bisa, mengapa saya tidak bisa? Jika orang lain berani, mengapa saya tidak berani? Jika juga orang lain nekat, mengapa juga saya tidak nekat?
Sudah banyak tempaan dalam hidup saya sebagai seorang single parent. Dan inilah saatnya tempaan di indahnya alam ciptaan Tuhan. Yang membuat saya merasa sangat kecil di dalamnya..
Dengan mendapat restu dari anak saya, berangkatlah saya menjadi salah satu orang ‘gila’ di BTS Ultra. Dengan bangganya anak saya bercerita ke setiap orang bahwa Bundanya akan berlari 50k naik turun gunung. Bahkan sampai juga bercerita kepada guru ngajinya.
Maka semakin semangatlah saya untuk berusaha sekuat tenaga agar bisa finish sebelum Cut Off Time.
Begitu berbedanya aura di Ranupane saat menjelang start ultra trail, dibandingkan dengan start road race. Walaupun jumlah pesertanya jauh lebih sedikit dibandingkan dengan peserta race jalanan, tapi serunya di start line mengalahkan start race-race saya sebelumnya.
Sebagai newbie trail runner sudah pasti larinya saya adalah alon-alon asal kelakon. Sambil menikmati pemandangan dan foto-foto sana sini yang tidak mungkin saya lewatkan. Berkat camera yang selalu ada dalam genggaman saya sepanjang lari 50k.
Ternyata apa yang tidak saya dapatkan di road race, saya dapatkan disini.. Pemandangan yang spektakuler sepanjang rute, yang buat saya serasa dalam mimpi. Karena selama ini hanya saya lihat di foto, gambar atau kalender.
Danau Ranukumbolo yang begitu mempesona dari jarak jauh dan dekat. Puncak Semeru dari kejauhan. Hamparan pasir berbisik Bromo. Kawah Bromo dan bukit-bukit pasir, yang masih melekat di ingatan saya sampai sekarang..
Capek, sudah pasti.. Ngos-ngosan apalagi.. Tapi indahnya alam membuat saya tidak terlalu merasakan gempornya betis & paha ini.
Tanjakan yang seperti tak berakhir di tanjakan cinta Ranukumbolo ( entah sampai sekarang saya tidak tahu mengapa dinamakan Tanjakan Cinta. jika saja Tanjakan Cinta nya sudah seperti begitu, akan seperti apa ya Tanjakan Putus Cinta nya ?). Ayek-ayek, jalur pipa, bukit pasir Bromo.. Ditambah sepanjang perjalanan, ingatan akan anak saya. Dan bahwa saya tidak mau mengecewakannya..
Serta keinginan akan membuat anak saya bangga mempunyai Bunda seorang Ultramom..
Tanjakan, turunan, dingin, panas, angin, gerimis, pasir, haus, letih, lelah.Semua silih berganti .. Tanjakan-tanjakan sadiis, turunan-turunan cadas, walaupun berat tapi entah mengapa begitu senang saya menjalaninya.. Gerutuan yang tak henti- henti, ” Gilak tanjakannya!”, tapi kaki ini tetap semangat melangkah. Bahkan saat mendapat tanjakan yang tidak lazim, sehingga harus merayap seperti layaknya spiderman. Dan turunan sumur tegak lurus yang membuat banyak peserta perosotan seperti layaknya anak kecil. Teman-teman peserta pun semua tampak seru dengan segala tingkah lakunya.. Walaupun capek tapi semua happy..
Saya baru merasakan ternyata beratnya lari Full Marathon 42km di jalanan tidak ada apa-apanya dibanding ultra trail run di BTS..
Fisik dan mental benar-benar diuji.. Fisik sudah pasti terkuras untuk lari naik turun gunung belasan jam, mental pun diuji berkali-kali ketika ada ojek & kuda lewat.. Beruntung saya tidak tergoda sedikitpun.
Yang membuat saya tergoda justru menjelang km 35. Saat bladder sudah habis, water station jemplang tidak jua tampak, dan jalanan yang walaupun aspal namun adalah tanjakan tiada akhir. Saat sepeda motor penjual ice cream lewat, yang langsung di serbu semua peserta. Ice cream terenak di dunia saat itu, hahaha..
Jam garmin sudah menunjukkan km 40. Yess tinggal 10km lagi, dan di depan mata adalah padang pasir Bromo. Yang sepertinya tidak terlalu sulit untuk mengakhiri race ini di km50.. Tapi ternyataaa.. surpriseeee… Ternyata finishnya di kanan atas sementara kami dibelokan ke kiri ke gundukan pasir naik turun tiada akhir.. Dan.. belum cukup sampai disitu, kami harus naik tangga ke bibir kawah untuk mengambil gelang kuning, kemudian turun lagi. Haha hebat sekali si pembuat rute.. 5 km terakhir yang amat sangat berkesan di hati dan di kaki..
Saya melihat ke garmin saya. Sudah hampir 11 jam saya berlari.. Artinya waktu saya tinggal 1 jam lagi untuk bisa finish di bawah Cut Off Time.. Akhirnya dengan sisa tenaga yang ada, lari lah saya.. Tetapi begitu sampai jalan aspal, hah ternyata lagi-lagi tanjakan. Berarti, jalan lagi. Begitu sampai di atas tanjakan, banyak orang-orang yang bilang ‘tinggal sedikit lagi mbak finish’.. Tanpa basa basi larilah saya dengan perasaan campur- aduk antara senang dan terharu..
Begitu tulisan FINISH tampak didepan saya, rasa harupun kembali tak terelakan. Saya tahan airmata yang hampir menetes. Karena ,” masa macho-macho pelari ultra mewek”.
Begitu saya menginjakkan kaki di finish line, kata ‘Alhamdulillah’ yang tiada habisnya terus terucap di hati saya.. Yeayy saya berhasil menjadi ULTRA RUNNER, finish my 1st Ultra trail 50k dengan waktu 11 jam 12 menit!!
What an amazing race, amazing route, amazing view, amazing people.. Thank you committee for a beautiful race & I will come back next year!!

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Thank You All by Nefo Ginting / Race Director

Dear All, on behalf of BTS100ultra committee we would like to say thank you to all Participants,volunteers,Sponsors,TNBTS,Team SAR,YEPE Malang,Mapala TURSINA,The Tenggers people,Local Police and the person who support this event one by one we can’t mention it, God bless you all and see you with another real adventure of brutal..torturing.. sadist ultra race…. Astala vista…
Dear All, on behalve of BTS100ultra committee we would like to say thank you to all Participants,volunteers,TNBTS,Team SAR,YEPE Malang,Mapala TURSINA,The Tenggers people,local Police and the person who support this event one by one we can't mention it, God bless you all and see you with another real adventure of brutal..torturing.. sadist ultra race.... Astala vista...:)
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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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