So, eight’s head has now been and gone again! I can’t believe it was only yesterday – it seems like so long ago now. Despite this being my second year doing it, I can remember very little. I’m in two minds about the race. When we finished, I felt moderately happy in the sense that I held it together at a higher rating and felt like I was putting down pressure the whole time. Sadly the results weren’t so good, which makes me feel very disappointed. The water did feel very slow and we didn’t seem to be getting the pick-up we should have. It’s a shame really, but unfortunately we’re not able to race again!
I think, in part, we needed to start training for the race a lot sooner. Whilst the final crew line-up wasn’t announced until two weeks before, we’re a small squad and could have been doing to the high-rate, high-intensity pieces since January. The weather didn’t really make the winter months enjoyable, but it’s not really an excuse. We just don’t have sufficient practice at going for longer periods at a high-rate. Even our little stretch on the Lee can seem long – it’s only 1500m which is less than a sprint race a Dorney! Anyway, a harsh reminder that more work needs putting in for regatta season. And, if nothing else, I have another eights head under my belt, which was a much better performance than year. Next year will be better – or I shall be working damn hard to try and make it so!