We get to CP 2 and there is a line due to a broken punch. When it is freezing cold outside the punches break. I turn to run to CP 3 and feel a terrible pain in my left calf. I drop behind the team but don’t want to tell them that I am in trouble. I start thinking that I am only a few minutes in and I may not be able to finish, but as always I would rather naw my leg off than quit. Kevin and I grab a canoe, gear, and a bonus map and rush to the water next to Neil and Kyle just in time to see Neil dive head first into the canoe. I so hope there is a picture.
Dave and Paul are stuck in traffic and get to the water slowly, but instantly shoot ahead of us. Paul and Dave are killing the canoe as Kevin and I struggle, which is usually not the case. I feel the boat is unbalanced and dragging the bow with me up front and everything I can do does not gain us speed. Our tempers start flaring and Kevin orders me to swim. My left shoulder feels incredibly weak and is in a lot of pain. I think I must have neglected my push-ups. I am normally strong at the canoe and feel disgusted with myself. At CP 4 I decide to change to steering and Kevin motoring up front. I also place the packs in the stern with me to raise the bow. We instantly start gaining speed and the mood lightens. At CP 5 we decide to beach next to the CP and Dave and Paul beach much farther back. Neil and Kyle are far enough behind us that we can no longer see them. We enter the woods and bushwhack to CP38, to CP 40, CP 42, CP 41, and CP 39. We find them with ease and fairly quickly, but I am wishing we were running not walking and slow jogging, but Dave looks like he is in bad trouble. My calf for some reason feels better when running than walking so I start worrying it is my Achilles. I have the guys rip the duct tape from my ankle to relieve pressure, but the damage was already done. We return to CP5 and to our disgust our boat is gone. We search the bank and regretfully take some other teams boat, but make sure it has no gear in it. We make it to CP6 against a head wind and quickly do a gear check and a transition.