Run 1:15:00  15.3 km (4:54 / km)
Thought yesterday might have been a one-off and it was. This morning was a perfectly routine session, if a little on the slow side, exploring the streets of Toorak (among other places). Didn't have too many close encounters with very expensive cars. Also didn't see too many "for sale" signs outside mansions, so the Global Financial Crisis can't be biting too deeply in this part of the world (yet).
Arrived at work to find a fire drill in progress. Seems a bit strange to hold it when half the building hasn't turned up for work yet (maybe they wanted to increase their chances of breaking the record for fastest building evacuation).
Question of the day: there is a remarkably close correspondence in the American South between counties where significant quantities of cotton was produced in 1860 and counties where there was a majority vote for Barack Obama in the 2008 election. Anyone care to guess the connection?
Run race 39:34  * 9.4 km (4:13 / km)
A event which turned into an interesting race, but then ended in frustration.
It was a decent field for street-O (all the usual suspects were there, plus Liggo put in his annual appearance at Smiths Dell). Liggo and Bryan Ackerly got a break fairly early on. I tried to hang in there, knowing that I probably wasn't going to gain much on them while they were together but hoping that they might split and/or tire. They did split when Liggo made a mistake about a third of the way in and ended up 200 metres behind me (I thought he would pull me in again, but he didn't). That left me chasing 200 metres on Bryan. I was gradually making headway on this and had pulled it in to about 100 metres with three controls to go, probably not enough to mount a serious challenge - until Bryan made a mistake. For about 30 seconds I thought I was going to win - and then hit a traffic jam. Only lost 20-30 seconds (before going for a gap I'd never dare to go through under normal circumstances), but it was enough as I ended up going down by about 50 metres; without the hold-up it would have been a sprint finish at least. To add insult to injury Adam, coming from the other direction, just got me too. Still pleasing to run a fastish race, especially in the second half; being 15 degrees cooler than last week helps.