SLOC: US Relay Championships, Creve Coeur Lake. With QOC's Valerie Meyer matched-up against RMOC's Sharon Crawford in the 12 point category, we were very close after the first leg. Kathleen Lennon captured and got a good lead over RMOC's second leg. Greg Lennon extended this. I went off with at least a 6 minute lead and was hitting controls well. However at the spectator #6 and #7 controls, I went to #7 first--a slight loss of concentration as I'd gotten ahead of Anna who was running another course with all the same legs so far. Anna followed me to the wrong control but corrected faster.
The next couple of controls were okay. I'd caught Anna but slowed with tricker navigation. Trying to get ahead again, I left #10 or #11 and hurt myself while jumping a log. It was wierd. My left foot had tagged the back of my right calf slightly but it resulted in a pull. The pull was much like injuries on my left calf that have kept me with low running mileage the last 2 years. I slowed and was concerned about finishing at a walk. I kept a slower pace and let Anna get ahead.
Unkownst to both of us, our next controls were different; Anna was running the Red course and being on a 12 point team, I was anchoring on a Green course. Anna moved right and I kept my bearing to the left of her. Mike Minium had been at the same last control but was going to the one Anna had too, not far behind me. I saw the root stocks and then punched the control as Anna went on to the right. My injured calf was tightening so I slowed more. Crossing the cinder block-like causeway, I went extra slow. Fortunately, the end was on clearer ground. I passed by Dan Menehan, a.k.a, Snorkel who was warming-down; first time I'd seen him in the woods in many years. I finished up steadily and our QOC team "All Scratched-up" won; that was a nice birthday present.
Later-on, after lunch, Peggy, Max, and the Lennons all went to the City Museum--it was our second time this weekend (got caught in World Series Celebraton/Parade traffic) and we still found many interesting, very unique things to explore. There was a rather large spiral slide considered the largest in the world and most of us went down it in the dark. It was a neat place with lots of wild nooks for kids and adults to crawl through. They sold shirts saying "No Map" and "Get Lost" to inspire adventuring.