Or, making it to the finish on a bum knee
You’re both power houses - in the athletic sense and the writerly!
I have learned a new vocabulary word: "bonking." (Don't think I'll throw it around casually though. I found that it means "reach a point of exhaustion that makes it impossible to go further" but also "hit or strike" and "have sex." Context is everything! )
It is mind-boggling that despite the heat, meniscus and bonking, you came in second and you guys beat everyone else in your age group! I can't believe you did this in spite of everything -- I hope you're OK now. I also don't know how you went on to teach a workshop after all that! Maybe this enormous effort offered a sense of renewal, once you rested? Does extreme effort and exhaustion lead to a sort of reboot, new energy and perspective? I hope the meniscus has been suitably humbled now, and will hang up its shingle and stop bothering you.