Being out on a course is always a joy (even if the body may not agree to 100%). Hope you´ll get your back sorted out and that you´ll be back as fit as ever.
Preach! Glad you got to have a joyful moment. In full disclosure I did shake my head at the computer screen when I saw your name in the results list ;)
I didn't shake my head but I did a double-take. "Woah, Boris orienteered at West Point!" And hoping that meant a notable improvement in the back. Sounds like it was well worth the outing, whatever the physical state!
I can so totally understand how you felt. I've had my periods of breaks after various surgeries and during pregnancy that that "awe that was so good for my soul" feeling is really well deserved! Glad you trusted your gut and went for it, but I hope you're not paying too high of a price this week though.
Hope the cortisone shots help!
You weren't even *that* far off the pace.
Being on more or less the same program, I certainly understand, too.
Two weeks until Tiomila! Get your KR hat on.