The hardest part about being a woman racer is the relatively smaller fields (compared to the numbers in the men's races) and how challenging the jump from B's to elite was.
Being a full-time working single parent, I found it really difficult last season to dedicate the necessary training & focus required to effectively compete at that level. It was worlds apart from racing in the larger B field. I'm sure I'll eventually strike a a balance, as my son gets older and my life circumstances change & evolve. Until then, you will find me wholeheartedly plugging along at the back of the pack.
The best part of being a woman racer? Racing affords me a great opportunity to set goals and keep trying (not that there's anything inherently "female" about that, but I think it's a great example to my son). I love the adventures that racing brings...a constant change of scenery and being a part of something "else."
BEST part about being a woman 'cross racer? That's an easy one!
Worry-free remounts :)