Lots of endorphins! Furthermore, quite a few times I've headed out for orienteering with a bad back and then the back felt much better afterwards. Maybe it's running on uneven terrain. Who knows? But in any case, that's good news!
I'm especially amazed at how well I am holding up under the long bus rides.
I'm vouching for the short O-races, too; uneven terrain always seems to loosen up those back muscles. (unless, as is the case in many woods in Switzerland, one has to bend down a lot in underbrush, then step stooped over roots or jump over little creeks). And maybe, it's all the rehab and activities you're doing at home ;-)??
The bus rides are puzzling though, but maybe it's enjoying the scenery and eating the healthy Mediterranean diet with fat, in forms of olive oils and other healthy fats, you're eating? Whatever, I'm happy for you it goes that well.
Well, 12 hours in the bus yesterday was not of much restorative value. I need some maintenance before the race this evening.
But only 13 minutes of racing today!
And the rest of the time strolling around admiring the sights and enjoying wonderful Mediterranean cuisine, all the while immersed in stimulating and felicitous international camaraderie. Sounds like a doctor's Rx for bad backs!
Well, 13 was a bit short. The course was over almost before I realized it. I saw the M40 course after, and it seemed more interesting, at twice the length. But certainly I am enjoying the international camaraderie. Had an interesting experience this evening. I was carrying on a conversation with an Italian and a Swedish guy I had met briefly came up and I started talking with him in English. He thought perhaps I was a native Italian speaker, asked me where I learned English because I spoke it so well.
There's got to be a joke here along the lines of your saying, "Well, I went to Yale", and the Swedish guy thinking...
I have heard that joke about a guy named Jan Jannsen in a job interview saying he spent 4 years in Yale.