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200ml water left, unpaved road, 3-4km climbing by foot, and squirrel cross the road, i think its not ideal place for road bike. I’ve got more than i bargained for.

It begin in the night before, whenever i ride my car to ride with my mates, or ride my road bike all the way, especially the menu is climbing (maybe 500m). The starting point is way down so i must climb back to home (700m) if i ride my bike. And, i choose to ride my bike all the way, so i can boast to you that i tackle 2 mountains in a row and my story will be look very good.

Then, God of bicycle punish me.

Hell carnival
When i climb back to my home, the ETA should be around 12.30pm, and my legs still have a kick to complete this task until… The road is blockade for village carnival, and from my eyes it is Hell Carnival. And its completely blocked my route.
Every transportation stuck on the road. Motorcycles, cars, and bike (well the only bike is my bike). To further exacerbate situation, it’s hot, and 300ml at my bidons. Not to mentions that i look like a clown ready doing tap dance on the middle of crowds.

There is only one way out. Move around and take road less traveled. The journey begin. From the very start i see the road, i decided…to walk. Hey! dont get me wrong, i have pretty good excuses about this one!

First, the climb is not climb anymore I think the road is straight to heaven, and i am conserve every energy that left in my body and tryin to survive with what i have (remember 300ml in my bidon? Now its 200ml). Second, in the middle of of my journey, around one kilometer the road is really unpaved. Its not ideal for mountain bike, even goats, and that is the stupidiest road i even traveled with my road bike.

Water,give me water
With the water depleted, i try to ask some water from the local home, but i found no one home, worse, its the last home in my sight ahead. But my survival instinct tickle me when i found water taps, Forgive me Lord, i am not ready to meet you now so i refill all my bidons and continue ahead.

I hit the unpaved road and still…i see more climbs, and began to wonder when this torture end? I ask women i met, ask the road and how long. Her answer really tear my hope apart (maybe she saw me very hopeless, walking and pushing my bike), and desperately i continue ahead. Until i see a men who give me the accurate distance (i bet he had garmin in his motorcycle), give me some hope to continue through this way.

Home sweet home
When i see the the sign, i am really relieved. Only one thing bug me. Well… Its descent, and its unpaved. Now i am really have no courage to accept this law of gravity, then try to survive this descent by walking. One slip it will be my grave. What would be my bike without me? We had created memories together, it will rude for her. She take me whenever i want to go, now its my turn to take her lead the way. Enough the drama.

Survived and hit the main road, make me believed that i look like christopher horner steal the red jersey from vincenzo nibali in vuelta i have the power within me, and i can survive whatever mother nature throw ahead on my way. On and off the bike.

MMD still wondered why there is squirel cross his road

1st climb 21 minutes
2nd climb 23 minutes
3rd climb 19 minutes
4th climb 19 minutes
5th climb 19minutes 30seconds (i)
6th climb 19 minutes 28seconds (i)
7th climb 18 minutes 30 seconds(i)
8th climb 19 minutes (i)
9th climb 19 minutes
10th climb 18 minutes 30-40seconds

1st climb 21 minutes
2nd climb 23 minutes
3rd climb 19 minutes
4th climb 19 minutes
5th climb 19minutes 30seconds (i)
6th climb 19 minutes 28seconds (i)

Penasaran dengan ‘i’ ? Itu adalah tanda dimana kakiku ingin lepas dari tubuhku karena kusiksa di tanjakan pujon. Kata kerennya… Interval training*

Why? Setelah dari surabaya, aku memutuskan menambah intensistas untuk tanjakan ke pujon… Cerita selengkapnya, akan ada beberapa hari kedepan.

Stay tuned.

MMD

*salah satu teknik latihan di dunia sepeda