Starting bitcored it always seems to time out "Activating Best Chain"

So starting bitcore, I can see that it starts bitcoind as well and watching those logs I can see that it is making progress syncing back up to date with the network (about 100000 blocks behind) but the parent bitcored process seems to give up on the Activating Best Chain service, and times out, killing children processes after about 5min.

Is this expected? if so, how can I start bitcore and actually have it wait and resync the chain? (I have tried deleting the bitcoin.conf file to see if it would trigger a catchup resync to no avail.

I have also tried to manually run the bitcoind process as found under node_modules/bitcore/node_modules/bitcore-node/bin to no avail.