First time running Pfingststaffel, a really cool mixed relay (all ages) with two night legs followed by 5 legs the next morning with a chasing start from the night before. Great atmosphere with everyone camping there in Flims/Trin, even though it was a bit of a mud fest! I was really excited because I have't done night O in more than a year (?) and the map Bot Fiena Trin is super tricky and legendary (WOC middle 2003, made famous by Thierry).
Exciting watching the mass start in the dark and our first leg runner, Sandro a junior, came back 2nd from 70 teams so I got to go out into the dark forest in the front which was fun! Felt a bit messy/rushed but mostly managed to stumble on the controls ok :) Night O is so exciting and finding the controls is double satisfying!
Sadly I did my ankle really badly on the way from 5-6 jumping down a bank, the type of sprain where the pain doesn't just go away after a couple of mins.. Ripped through 2 strips of taping! After that I was just struggling along, only able to use my right leg for power (hence v sore right glute now!). It was quite unpleasant as the terrain was very rough and steep, and very disappointing. It seemed like everyone in the forest was catching and overtaking me - in hindsight I realized a lot of the people I saw were probably on the first leg still, because I somehow came in 5th!
I was supposed to run the last leg on Sunday, but running wasn't even remotely an option as I couldn't put weight on the ankle without sharp pain in the foot :( Still I think our team did really well to come 15th!
Have to come back to Flims some time to train, I just love the terrain here!