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Issaquah, Washington
United States
NA
20F / -7C
Total Time = 3h 16m 12s
Overall Rank = 12/119
Age Group = Women Ex.Credit
Age Group Rank = 1/23
Pre-race routine:

Got to the lot with little time to spare. Met up with a few friends and chatted, signed the log book and then lined up!
Event warmup:

just a little jogging from the car, used the race to warm up
Run
  • 3h 16m 12s
  • 25 kms
  • 07m 51s  min/km
Comments:

FAT ASS = No Fees, No Awards, No Aid, No Wimps


"The 2016 Fat Ass will be remembered as the snow year. No record times this year and most decided that one loop was a sufficient workout for their first run of the year.

The re-routing using the Main Tiger Road avoided the deepest snow up Bootleg. At least three runners did use the Bootleg and plowed through 4 foot deep snow up and over West Tiger #1. There were a number of extra credits earned with various planned or unplanned trail options. Generally everyone working their way through the one foot of snow on the tower road admitted it was tough going but accepted it in the spirit of a Fat Ass event."

I ran with a couple friends for the first 4 or 5 miles. This was the portion of the race that wound around the base of the mountain. It was nice, easy running and a great way to warm up on a very chilly day. Is you can guess from the above quote from the "organizer" it had snowed an exceptional amount but the day was clear and cold and beautiful!

Finally we crossed over to the High School trail, one I am very familiar with, and started our first long climb (about 3 miles.)

I broke away from our group pretty quickly on the climb. I put my head down and one foot in front of the other. Gradually the snow got deeper and deeper. The trail also got steeper and steeper and finally the combination of compact snow and steep terrain forced me to stop and put on my micro-spikes. I did this relatively quickly then jumped back on the trail.

We continued ascending then finally crested the final hill and continued along the broad ridge before descending down into valley along the TMT trail. Descending into the valley in the deep snow was a blast. We crossed a few icy-snow-covered bridges and then made a medium long climb up another ridge before descending into another valley.

I was running pretty hard at this point because I wasn't completely familiar with this part of the trail due to the reroute. I caught up to a group of guys and made the turn up onto the service road with them. The snow was deep here, at least a foot. Someone had post-holed their way through here ahead of us so I really tried to stay in their tracks but they had a much longer stride than I so it was a challenge. It was veeeeerrrry slow going here as we climbed our way up, up and up!

I had chatted with a few of the guys as we worked out way up the mountain. We decided it was such a beautiful day, we should take a little detour up to Tiger Mountain #1 (the range has a series of peaks.)

It was about a half mile (one way) out of the way and 500' gain but it was SO WORTH IT. What a view (see photos)

Descending was fun too as the deep snow had been softened by the sun.

We descended back to the main route and then climbed up to the next summit. (Tiger #2.) After this summit you run across a short ridge section, in the middle of it was a two man band playing (and singing) jingle bells on the ukulele! It was awesome. We passed the duo and headed across the last part of the ridge to finally hit the third summit of the day (Tiger #3)

Now it was time to descend! I am not usually a fan but snow changed the game a little. You can run a little more recklessly. We whizzed through the woods in knee deep snow, weaving through the trees. I had a huge smile on my face. We descended very quickly and finally were out of the deep snow. I quickly took off my microspikes and then kept going, dropping some fast miles (sub 6) on a nice, gentle descent all the way to the finish.

I ended up 3 woman overall with a *extra credit designation because I did the detour up to Tiger 1. So I won the * category lol.



What would you do differently?:

This was so much fun, I though I ran it well and really enjoyed myself
Post race
Warm down:

BEER


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Last updated: 2016-01-22 12:00 AM
Running
03:16:12 | 25 kms | 07m 51s  min/km
Age Group: 1/23
Overall: 12/119
Performance: Good
Course: Around the base of Tiger, up the Highschool Trail towards Poo Poo Point across the ridge and over to the TMT down into the valley then connecting to the Tiger Mountain Service Road, to West Tiger 2, then to West Tiger 3 then descending back down to the finish
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
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Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
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Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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2016-01-22 4:31 PM

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2016-01-24 10:56 PM
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Wow, now that's a winter trail run! Glad the soft snow allowed you to let 'er rip going down. Very impressive result, way to get that XTRA Credit W!
2016-01-25 4:36 PM
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This: "We whizzed through the woods in knee deep snow, weaving through the trees. I had a huge smile on my face."

Beautiful pics, too.  Don't know how you do it all - be fast, be gracious, and take great pictures in the process!

Keep it up, girl, I love hearing about your adventures!

2016-01-25 5:55 PM
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Thanks guys! This race was so much fun! I love the vibe

2016-01-25 8:18 PM
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Awesome!

My detours are usually accidents! Looks like a fun time

2016-01-26 11:48 AM
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That race sounds like a blast.  How does the extra credit work?  Do they have a volunteer on those trails or do you just tell them at the finish?



2016-01-26 1:30 PM
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Originally posted by Goggles Pizzano

That race sounds like a blast.  How does the extra credit work?  Do they have a volunteer on those trails or do you just tell them at the finish?

Haha yeah, that's the idea behind a race, lots of fun! And no volunteers, timing is done by hand writing in a notebook at the end. Most people know each other so they knew who did "extra credit" but more important, placing and timing aren't really that important for this type of race. It's all about fun. If someone lied about something it would be absurd, lol.
2016-01-26 1:31 PM
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Originally posted by trijamie

Awesome!

My detours are usually accidents! Looks like a fun time

Me too, it felt nice to do one on purpose for a change
2016-01-26 4:03 PM
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Looks and sounds like a great time! Love the pix. Congrats on the win. I think the FA I ran on 1/1 did a rock or something like that for the OA male and female. I like the low-key races as well.

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