beat Thomas (Emma) by 7s
The gospel according to STCS said I had to win this fairly comfortably. I didn't. Over confident, I cruised and went down a length in the first minute.
Still believing, I kept going and took it up a pip out of grassy, won the race in the third 500, and spacked it up to 35 through the final headwind.
beat Constantine-Cort (Jesus) easily
It feels a bit lonely starting on bottom station without a bank party. He must have struggled a bit with steering, and very kindly let me overtake when he was parked opposite the Plough.
That's only because your bank party is usually so noisy.
lost to Hollinshead (Jesus) by 12s
I wasn't too fresh after a hard race in the double about half an hour beforehand, so I went down quite heavily in the first 500. Didn't change much in the middle, and I was (allegedly) 6 seconds down at the Plough. He took Ditton better than me, and being on top station I had an extra 100 yards of headwind to deal with, so the race was effectively over with 500 to go. I wound hard for the finish and pulled some distance back, but it wasn't enough. Not at all.
Some days you race better people and lose. Some people say there's no shame in this, but they're dead wrong. I didn't lose in 8 minutes, I lost in 8 months. Must do weights.