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Cambridge Head-2-Head, Lent Term 2015

1st women's VIII (1st Mays)

Coxed by: Matthew Crowe

Time: 16:19
Not feeling very well, I was a bit apprehensive about the racing, especially given the fact we had to do it twice. We began our first race with attack though, which made the rate a little difficult to control. We settled as we powered down the reach and found a rhythm a bit more for the rest of the race. Good calls from MC kept us focused on pushing hard, though I have absolutely no idea what those calls were. The last few hundred of the race were a bit messy as well, but we got across the line and could rest.  
Some enough it was time to race again. I think the plan was to find a rate we were comfortable at and stick with it. We certainly wound high at the start and after striding we were moving on christs in front at least to begin with. During the middle of the race the rhythm was good, but the pressure dropped off until the push out of grassy brought things back together again. The push down the reach was possibly too successful - too much energy left? as we were gaining on christs again. The push for the line was equally committed, and then the race was over. It was a decent first race from all of us, but I think there is definitely more speed to find
I think we were all exited and apprehensive in equal measure: first race as a crew for W1 trial VIII.  
As a result, the first piece was a bit frantic, as we found it hard to maintain a solid rhythm, after a promising start. We tried to learn from that piece, and settle into something more controlled for the second piece, which worked for the first 500m, when we started gaining on Christs. Unfortunately, the pressure was not constant, and they started moving away again during the middle km. MC called us back on it, and we managed to pick the speed up for the last 500m, and started moving up on Christs again. That final push showed that we still had both fuel left in the tank, and untapped technical resources.  
All in all, even if the end results were not the most brilliant, it was still a learning experience, and as the outing the following day showed, practicing starts, and stride (i.e. absence of?) will make a big difference.  
(Zoe W.)

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