Nobody will have escaped reading about my hamstring issues during the Mackenzie paddle.
Unfortunately, the pain and discomfort were such that it became a major factor in my daily activities to the extent that I was looking forward to the end of each day, before even starting to paddle in the morning.

Once I got to Inuvik, I went to the emergency ward at the local hospital and a physician checked me out.
He was a kayaker himself, so when I told him the symptoms and how it affected me during paddling, he knew exactly what I was talking about. He explained the mechanics of how the hamstring muscles are used during paddling and told me that by paddling further I would only aggravate the inflammation.
Also, on the ocean, the paddling is much more physically demanding than on the river and the extra effort could cause muscle spasms, which could put me in a dangerous situation if I should not be able to get to the shore immediately.
His advice was to interrupt the paddle and start rehabilitation immediately. He estimated that treatment would be needed for 3 months, minimum, but more likely, up to 6 months and that it would remain a weak spot.

The decision was tough, but easy at the same time. I have suspended my paddle for this year.

Needless to say that it is a big disappointment; this is the first time I am forced off the water because of a medical issue. However, if I want to look at the positive side; should this happen while on the ocean, I could potentially be in a situation where I might have to be rescued; something I don't even want to think about.

To make the best out of a bad situation, I am attending all the summer events in Inuvik, of which there are quite a few right now. I also plan to do some hiking while waiting for Marijke to arrive in the middle of August. We will then drive back together, taking our time to see the Yukon and visit some family along the way home.

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