Sorry that it wasn't what you were hoping for :(. But, it's still exciting that you were on the team.
I have raced in exactly one WOC race, and it was pretty terrible for a variety of reasons. But, as you said, that it part of the sport. That said, 11 years later I mostly remember the thrill of the qualifying race (where I had a great race), the training in the year beforehand, and of the experience of being a part of the team.