just got back from fairbairns and it was great! My team finally listened to my urges to STOP RUSHING, and I'm telling you, we looked smooth at the start, all the other teams were spannering and were tense and and after 500m looked in pain.....but my team stayed composed, focussed, and we were flying. We were on the tail of the boat in front the entire time, which was on the tale of the boat in front of that! We did get a couple of crabs (one real bad one) which did mean we lost about 5 seconds at least, but to be honest, we stayed clam, and if it wasn't for my arms aching (I still dont know what I'm doing wrong, I'm so sure I'm not tensing them!) I could have put in a lot more, it was just my arms that ached, not my legs...which is a shame.
But anyway...our time was: 12mins 20seconds......which I thought was superb. If we were all on perfect form I dont think we couldnt have gone much under 12 mins, so I'm well pleased!
But Argh i'm a senior rower now!!