Did some orienteering! In an actual forest! With even a few tapes to find! Headed up to Eppalock South where Tash had organised some maps and Bruce went ahead to put out tapes. Hamstring wasn't great this morning and I had second thoughts about going out at all, but figured I'd enjoy being out in the bush even if I couldn't run much.
Turned out the hamstring held out for 25 minutes, which is 15 minutes longer than it did on Thursday so I'll take that as progress. Various other bits of the body were not functioning at full capacity and I wasn't running many hills, but there were enough non-up moments to be enjoyable. Things seemed to be coming up quite quickly, which reflects how open and fast an area this is - back in the day, the Eppalock areas were ones where I would shoot for sub-5, and my last trip to this part of the map in 2015 was, I think, the last time I went sub-6s on a bush area
. I still hope, somewhat forlornly, that it won't be the last time for that, but something which happened that day which certainly won't be happening again is an extended head-to-head battle with Aston in a mass-start race.
The drizzle petered out between Woodend and Kyneton, as I expected, but there was plenty of evidence of recent rain; the Coliban was flowing strongly and there was quite a bit of surface water on some of the paddocks.