Node Successfully Started but Sync Time Increasing

I am trying to sync my testnet node but Sync Time is increasing instead of tending towards 0.

I have run
./goal node start -d ~/node/testnetdata

and get

Algorand node was already started!
Algorand node successfully started!

but each time I run
./goal node status -d ~/node/testnetdata

Sync Time increases

Syncing testnet will take some time. Can you output what you are getting with goal node status?

Last committed block: 2967646

Time since last block: 0.0s

Sync Time: 14736.8s

Last consensus protocol: https://github.com/algorandfoundation/specs/tree/5615adc36bad610c7f165fa2967f4ecfa75125f0

Next consensus protocol: https://github.com/algorandfoundation/specs/tree/5615adc36bad610c7f165fa2967f4ecfa75125f0

Round for next consensus protocol: 2967647

Next consensus protocol supported: true

Genesis ID: testnet-v1.0

Genesis hash: SGO1GKSzyE7IEPItTxCByw9x8FmnrCDexi9/cOUJOiI=

I started it overnight last night

As long as the reported last committed block increases faster than 1 block / 4s, you will eventually sync with the network.

If you want to develop on Algorand quickly, you may consider to use https://github.com/algorand/sandbox which uses snapshots and hence allow syncing almost instantaneously. However, this method should not be used in production.

I may be wrong, but I think Sync Time is a timer of how long you’ve been syncing, rather than an estimation of how much time remains to sync.