Orienteering race 1:10:34  *** 7.4 km (9:32 / km) +370m 7:38 / km
US Champs M45 day 2. Today was a real test of willpower! I started limping saturday evening due to what felt like tightness in the adductor muscles of my right leg (groin). I thought it was just day 1 tiredness, and would loosen up during warm-up. However, it didn't, in fact I wasn't 100% sure I should start. Had pain the whole way around the course, first half it was bearable, but when we got in to the tougher up and down climbs mid-course it was pretty bad and continued for the remainder. Thought about quiting a couple times, but we had pretty much a straight route back to the finsh. Couldn't stop at all, because the muscles seemed to tighten up immediately and it was hard to get moving again. There was one comic moment where when trying to get over some deadfall I actually had to sit down on the log and use my arms to lift my right leg over. I seemed to make it through without making any further damage at least but it was frustrating when I felt I could and should have been running faster and just couldn't.
Very pleased with my navigation again, pretty much perfect again, a couple of 10 - 15 seconds things again the only imperfections. Did lose concentration at one point due to the pain in my leg, but quickly convinced myself that the only way to get through was by not missing anything.
Very nice week-end! Great event, nice to meets lots of people, both old and new acquintances, and a good start to the team coaching work. Glad I came over.