The race today was at Lake Sammamish right on the beach. For the adults course (mine) we did laps starting on pavement, then onto the beach 3 times, up a stair, over many many tree roots and through the dirt and mud, then going again.
The beginning women's race was funny because it started with kids 7 and up ... which meant I was literally racing the boys' classmates. The race started in waves with the mid-aged kids, then the beginners like me, then younger kids. Some of the 10s to teens were amazingly good (like whipping by me and shouting "good job."
After my race I found the boys who had been warming up around in the field. We got them lined up for the kids race and they hauled. The kids race even had a hurdle which was hilarious (Wilson went over backwards, Cole was good at sprinting over it, some kids stopped completely). At the end of the race the boys were ready for more wanting 1) new bikes, and 2) to be in the big kid/grown up race.
All in, an awesome day. I'm ready to go again!