I completed in 1:20:04, 237 / 399 overall.
18:04 on the swim (378/399)
40:31 on the bike (248/399)
16:51 on the run (22/399)
Ummm...maybe I should just stick with running.
But though humiliating, this was an incredible experience for me. I was awestruck by the superlative performances of other women, who absolutely rocked! And for a brief 2 weeks, I was exposed to an amazing group of strong, supportive women who went out of their way to help others feel at ease and find their place in this intimidating sport.
I am a glutton for punishment! How else can you explain why, after my last painful 5K experience, I would return for more? I raced the USATF Cross Country 5K this morning at the beautiful Deer Path Park in Readington, NJ. Our club entered several teams, of which there were 2 teams in the open women's category; I raced as part of Team B. It started raining when I got to the start. It was truly a cross country race, with all 202 of us rushing across the wet and slushy grass in the steady drizzle, making it down a narrow dirt path and gasping up the steep hill of the 2-loop course. I valiantly tried to keep pace with Doug from our club for a little while, which I thought was ridiculous because he is waaay faster than me. Several times during the race, I could have thrown up all over my fellow racers. So I suffered through Mile 2, and wheezed all the way to the finish. But the results were so sweet, they were worth all the discomfort. And it was awesome to see our team mates cheer for each other.
I finished in 21:33.89, a 6:56 pace. 9/68 overall among women and 4/16 in the open category. PR by more than a minute (there is a bit of question on the exact distance of the course; it may have been slightly less than 3.1 miles though Frank Forerunner showed 3.09 miles; whatever...I say it still counts)! Team B came second to our club's Team A in the open category...and I was glad to help us get there. I am totally digging this team thing!