Going in to the race we knew that a sprint of 6.8km would be the toughest race we would face all year. It was terrifying to think of, but once completed filled our girls with the greatest sense of pride and achievement, despite the difficulties faced both with injuries and damaged boats.
The advice that I'm about to give has cost me 2 years of a 3 year course. I'm writing this because I wish that someone had written this for me when I was a fresher. It would have saved me a lot of time, frustration, and disappointment. If you read this, and be mindful of its advice in your years ahead, you will do much better than many of us.