A very impressive outing. You certainly set the bar higher. At this rate you'll be in the 7's by Christmas!
Only if I buckle down and row more than once or twice a week. Your 6 week base-building stretch was very impressive, and it will serve you well in the coming months. Glad to give you something to shoot at, though. I think the other strength training I have been doing will be helpful to me with my rowing.
Thanks for the motivation! Definitely felt more energized this morning, thinking of your 8:17 time!