Run ((orienteering)) 40:23  *** 4.7 km (8:36 / km) +230m 6:54 / km
Victorian Relays at Mount Lofty - a moderately steep gully-spur area, most of it open but with an area of regrowth we went into on the last few controls.
I was running first in a team with Glen White and Ted - not usually my favoured position but worked OK in this team. Felt a bit more energetic than usual in the warm-up so had a certain level of optimism. As expected I got burnt off pretty early, but then settled into reasonable running form, which continued through most of the rest of the course. Not quite so happy with my navigation - went offline a bit on 4 and 9 (neither costing me much time), then dropped 45 seconds or so on 13 in the low-vis - but it was good to get a bit of rust out. Was in a good scrap with Clare for much of the course; she was starting to get the better of me for speed, but then lost time in the final control-picking section. As a team we were outgunned, and ended up last of the finishing teams on course 1, I think. Fastest leg times were around 30.
Main thing I was pleased with here was that I managed to run pretty much all of it, including some reasonably solid hills - certainly a step up from where I've been for much of the last few months. Not very fast but you've got to start somewhere. Stringing together a few days in a row is also encouraging.
Spotted on the way out of Kyneton was a sign "WE'LL BE FIXING THIS ROAD SOON". There was obviously a certain amount of local scepticism about this as graffitists had amended both signs (by adding quotation marks to the "SOON" on the northbound sign and the letters "ish" to the southbound one), but it does look like the relevant work has been done.