Run ((orienteering)) 1:09:31  **** 6.3 km (11:02 / km) +160m 9:47 / km
Bendigo local event in the Bermuda Triangle section of Kooyoora. I've noted before that I consider this the most technically difficult square kilometre in Australia and it certainly lived up to its billing, at least as far as I was concerned. Drifted too high at #1 in country which is very unforgiving for relocation and ended up relocating off #2, dropping 4 minutes or so. (As you might expect, 2 was then my best split of the day). Also drifted too high on the long leg across to 4 - another 2-3 minutes gone there, and after messy legs on the next two it definitely wasn't looking good. Improved considerably from that point, apart from a mid-leg loss of confidence on 11 which cost another 90 seconds or so, but the damage was well and truly done by then. Always a somewhat humbling experience here (and it's my first time on proper granite since last October, so the practice was needed).
A little hamstring soreness in the later stages.
The Grooving The Moo music festival was on in Bendigo today, which made for some unusually heavy traffic up the Calder, including numerous buses in assorted states of decrepitude (one of which failed to make it past the Melton Highway interchange at Taylors Lakes). My first attempt at a mid-trip visit to the conveniences, at the Ravenswood rest area, was quickly abandoned because three buses and their already-well-lubricated passengers had pulled in just in front of me. That wasn't an issue at Marong, but instead I had to run the gauntlet of council workers who were trying to bail up anyone they could for a survey as part of the community consultation for the City of Greater Bendigo's public toilet strategy.