I think it is time to return to the light. Since about November or so I've been feeling pretty disillusioned with orienteering (for example, I came very close to not applying to the national team). For the most part this has been due to the nagging knee issues which have dogged me off and on for the past year and a half or so. As I'm sure most of us know, dealing with a sometimes-better sometimes-worse chronic pseudo-injury takes a psychological toll on you, it gets to feeling like things will never improve and so at some point you get tired of dealing with it and just step away.
All of which is to say that over the past few months I've devoted little mental or physical energy to orienteering; I've run at most of our local events when they come around but have done almost nothing in the way of running or other training. Instead I've been focusing on other things - for example, in October I got recertified as a soccer referee (I refereed for a couple years as a teenager) and have been using that as a way to get at least a nominal amount of physical activity (besides the fact that I had been meaning to do it for years). In other news, I also moved last month and am starting a new job in a couple weeks.
Anyway, unsurprisingly I've often not been orienteering well of late (see: WIOL Champs, PHX NRE) but I attended six of the seven COW events last week and with the exception of the first race was able to run decently given the circumstances, and more importantly I didn't have any knee pain or injury setbacks. So things may be looking up, perhaps I haven't lost a prohibitive amount of fitness, and maybe my competitive fire will be rekindled soon.