Originally Posted by Daemon
A less aggressive dive would have produced a lot more margin. The
drag goes up with square of airspeed, so diving steeply burns off
energy that you won't get back in distance when you level out.
Better to pick an angle that gets your ground speed up without
maxing out your airspeed.
I probably would have dived the same way if I know there was a strong wind against me. It was a close have though!