Run race ((orienteering)) 54:23  *** 7.6 km (7:09 / km) +240m 6:11 / km
Victorian Relays at Plenty Gorge. Went out on first leg for a Yarra Valley team which there were no great expectations for (I was its youngest member by more than a decade, although we've scrapped for third a couple of times in recent years). Ended up a decent run which was made to look better than it did (at least on first leg) by the misadventures of the opposition, though Eon put it into perspective later on.
I was up against Fredrik, David, Patrick and Aislinn. It was quickly obvious that there were big splits early on and that only Fredrik was on my split. I shouldn't have expected to see much of him, but he lost a bit of time at 1, got ahead of me at 2 and then managed to make three separate mistakes on 3 - two small ones in transit and a more substantial one in the circle. I also lost 30 seconds or so there, not quite relating the contours to some scrappy rock, but slipped through there and wasn't overtaken again until 7. Did solidly in the stretch on the far side of the river (and a bit stronger on hills than I have been); didn't get good lines in the steep green gully after the second river crossing but I don't think there was any such thing as a good line there. From 16 onwards it was in the open; was having a bit of a left hamstring twinge there, but went through Fredrik again at 18 (he'd run most of the way from 17 to 19); he was still running faster than me and got me in the end by the length of the chute. David was 3 minutes ahead, Aislinn 4 behind - a result which kept Eureka in the hunt with Brodie and Eon to finish, but Bendigo just held on. We drifted back to 4th as expected.
This was a fun race and an indication that things are going forward for me rather than backwards, albeit slowly.
I don't think I've ever seen so many kangaroos at an event (something for which a forewarning was the kangaroo-with-a-death-wish dicing with the traffic on Plenty Road, one of the busier thoroughfares of outer Melbourne, on the way to the event). At least no-one pranged into a roo, unlike Bathurst.