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Veteran triathlete Joanna Zeiger started off her season with a start at the 2011 USA Cross Country Championships at Mission Bay Park in San Diego, Calif.
Zeiger took advantage of her first opportunity to race as part of the Masters women’s category. She turned in a time of 30:21 to finish second in the Masters category and first in the 40-44 age division.
The former Ironman 70.3 world champ recapped her experience on her blog, Fastatforty.blogspot.com.
“When the gun fired, I went out hard,” she wrote. “Really hard. I found myself in third and by the one-kilometer mark, I moved into second. I knew a woman in my age group was sitting on my shoulder. I had to shed her before the last lap. I did not want to sprint anyone down the homestretch; that is not a battle I can win. I accelerated on the hills and by the third lap, I finally dropped her. I finished first in my age group and second overall.”