lol, well done! My PB is currently 8:26, which was only at a rate of 26 and I was quicker than some of the current people in the first boat who were rating 30 (I was doing the trials at the same time)! Yesterday I tried a new technique of trying to keep the same pace all the way through, and I got 8:34 (which is still good compared to others in my boat, so I'm hoping my seat's safe at the trials), but when I go next week I'm going to use my old technique of going off at a ridiculous pace (head off at my 500m pace of 1:52-1:58) as I find that works for me! I know people say you should pace yourself and then sprint at the end, but by the end I'm too tired, so I'd rather go hard off the start (plus in bumps racing that's what usually happens as everyone tries to bump). Never mind; like I said I always find I do erg much slower at home (I swear it's the old erg!!). I did a 2k just before I went back after xmas and got 8:56 at the gym and then within 5days I got 8:26 in the 2k trials (30seconds off a PB within 5days without any other exercise seems a bit unbelieveable!!!!).