Orienteering (Foot) 1:08:00  *** 3.24 mi (20:59 / mi)
spiked:4/4c slept:6.0 (injured)
QOC: The Chase at Jug Bay. I was on travel for work earlier this week so I didn't do much. Since the US Team Trials (and a little before perhaps from the cycling) I had been feeling more pain in my knee. I hoped some of the time off would help but it hadn't. I've been feeling some slight pain even when sitting. I decided before the race that I wouldn't run. Pulling my back slightly the day before while holding Max and trying to open a store door that was locked, sealed it. I walked around carrying a camera backpack with lenses and video but I only used the DSLR. While walking, in the +95F heat and humidity, I was constantly acosted by mosquitos. I had to slap at them about every 5 seconds, even timing my photos of people running between the slaps. I hope I got some good shots. However, it was fun seeing the runners come through. After getting back to the finish area, it was much cooler and without mosquitos. A breeze off the water kept it nice on land but the fun was in splashing around in the cool water with the kids. Many runners took the plunge after finishing. It was high tide when Eddie finished (first by a long way) but near the end, the later runners had significantly less water to wade in and more mud. Despite the heat of the day, people stayed long (in the microclimate along the water) and had fun. A surprise for me was getting the 2008 QOC Volunteer of the Year Award. The club had so many people do spectacular things (new maps, club uniforms, Junior training programs, club license plates, string-O, and more) throughout this year so it was quite an honor. Tom Strat, a previous winner, gave me a very generous prelude in describing my accomplishments however much of my success was the result of the hard work of so many others in the club during the 2007 US Champs. The leadership and dedication that the Lennon's provided for all was quite a big part of everyone's success. Having been a past winner, I don't think I should have gotten the award again but it was a very nice thanks.