Lol, well to be honest there aren't many woman pulling sub 7 2k's! and anything around 8 or sub 8 is really good! I think to get into the womens senior GB trials you have to pull 7:20ish, but don't quote me.
Drag will vary with different machines, but I train on Concepts 2's and the drag factor is usually around 135 like you said, or about 6 on the little fan thing on the side.
Just out of interest, what is a reasonable 5K time on the rower?
What's your height, weight etc? But for men (depends on how long you've been rowing for) but around the 18min mark is ok, anything under 16 is similar to the GB mens squad, to give you a rough idea.
We're starting todo single sculling now, not liking all the stories i hear of people falling in, but we're starting off in the laser, which is apprantly un-capsizeable lol.
Good way to start- I started to learn (using the word in the loosest possible sense...) in a clinker scull and, after capsizing three times, gave up. I never managed to get beyond wobbly arms-only paddling in a proper fine scull. There's a reason why I cox and don't scull.... even worse is, as coxing and safety officer, having to record my efforts as "Capsize due to Incompetance". Oops.
Well it's what I've always been told, lol, and it's what I do, as for hitting trees/banks etc, just keep your hands reasonably level and back it down/ push off with your blade(leaning towards the outside rigger, if that makes sense).
Honestly they really aren't as bad as you think once you have sculled a few times.
As for shame, nearly everyone falls in! I wouldn't really worry, lol.
today was such a nice day for rowing, really enjoyed it in the laser, can just go at your own pace. next week going to try the next one up from the laser, them brown single skulls, couple capsized in them today, tho it wouldnt have been to bad as it was not that cold.