Saturday, 11 November 2017

Holiday Challenge 2017

Towards the end of November you have the change to get involved in an individual challenge the details are as follows:
23rd November – 24th December

  • Row, ski and/or ride 100,000 metres or 200,000 meters from November 23 to 11:59 p.m. December 24.
  • Indoor rower, SkiErg and BikeErg metres only (no on water/on snow meters please). You can combine metres from each machine to reach the challenge goal. Note: Note: BikeErg metres are counted as half when applied to the challenge. Learn more about BikeErg metres below in How To Participate.
  • Support great causes with your metres! Read about this year’s charities below.
  • This is an individual challenge. Teams are not used for this challenge.
  • The Kids' Holiday Challenge allows kids (aged 16 and under) to participate at 50,000 metres.
  • Adaptive athletes can choose to participate at the 50k, 100k, or 200k levels.
  • Deadline for entering metres: 11:59 pm GMT (6:59 pm ET), January 4th.

Holiday Challenge Charities

There's also a charitable giving aspect to the Holiday Challenge. Here's how it works: For every person who rows, skis or rides 100k during the challenge, Concept2 will donate $.02 per kilometre (1000 metres) to your choice of this year's charities. Once you get beyond 100k, we'll donate $.04 per additional kilometre. 
In order for your metres to count, however, you must choose a charity from the front page of your Logbook (or select "Let Concept2 Choose" if you don't have a preference). For kids and adaptive participants, the $.04 rate will take effect at 50k. Note: BikeErg metres count for half the distance when calculating your Holiday Challenge metres and any related donation.
The 2017 charities are:
Looking forward to seeing you all get involved!

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Skeleton Crew 25th - 31st October 2017

25th – 31st October

In honour of Halloween the Skeleton Crew Challenge runs from the 25th - 31st October. It's a great way to earn all that Halloween treats!

The Details

  • Row and/or ski at least 31,000 metres between October 25 and October 31.
  • This is an individual challenge. (You do not need to belong to a team to participate.)
  • Meters must be entered online.
  • Indoor rower and SkiErg meters only (no on water/on snow metres please). You can combine meters from each machine to reach 31,000 metres.
  • Kid's Skeleton Crew Challenge allows kids (aged 16 and under) to participate at 10,000 metres.
  • Adaptive athletes can choose to participate at the 10,000 or 31,000 metre level.

Who Can Participate

Anyone with an online logbook at can participate in this challenge.

Incentives and Rewards

Participants who meet the challenge can enjoy:
  • Name inclusion on the Skeleton Crew Honor Boards.
  • A specially designed downloadable certificate.
  • The option to purchase Skeleton Crew goodies at our third-party fulfillment vendor (availability varies by country).

Sunday, 15 October 2017

FTC 2017 Final Week

It's the final day of the Fall Team Challenge and at the present time we are in 23rd place out of 481 world-wide teams.
We just slipped down behind Rowing for Beer team but we may sneak past them when all our metres have been uploaded over the next two days.

The top ten team mates are as follows:

Dave is still at the top of the team and Emma is our top female rower. Congratulations to you both!
Rob and Andy are so close with only 204 metres between them!
Ken, Les and Mike erged their way into 200k club. Nice one lads.
Hector, Tomasz and Jeff have contributed over 160k+ metres and are the final crew in the top ten.

The next set of team mates have contributed between 150k - 50k

The final set of team mates contributed between 39k - 3k

Thanks for your contributions this challenge team.
The next team event starts on 1st January 2018 to the 31st January.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

FTC 2017 Week Three

This year's Fall Team Challenge is going so fast. We have finished week three and are entering into the final stretch of competition on Monday.

We have slipped into 22nd place out of 481 teams which puts us in the top 5% of teams.

Our top ten team mates week are:

We have our first ever female leader in a team competition. A huge congratulations goes out to Emma!
The rest of the team are all giving it their all. Nice work team.

Keep going gang!
There is only seven more days of competition left. Can we zip past team Timbuktwo in 21st place?

Sunday, 1 October 2017

FTC 2017 Week Two

We are still in 20th place out of 476 world-wide teams that puts us in the top 4% of teams!

Individual team mates have been rowing hard this week with 47 members signed up to the FTC.
42 ETT'ers have uploaded metres contributing to a total of 2,309,198 metres - only 100k behind the Flower City Crossfit team!

The top ten team mates in week two are:

Well done to all, including the rest of the team who are erging away like mad too!

Saturday, 23 September 2017

FTC 2017 Week One

One week into the challenge and we have rowed an impressive 1,297,017 metres which places us in 20th position out of 426 teams. That's the top 5%.

We have a different collective of top ten team mates this week which is interesting:

Jeff is in first place and has smashed through the one million metres in a week.
Tomasz in second place giving him some stiff competition.
Ken M has almost reached 1MM.
James and Hector have rowed 70k+ and our top female Emma is catching them up with 61k.
David, Les, Caroline and Jim are close to and beyond 50k+.

Of the 44 team mates who have signed up for the challenge, 37 have contributed metres.

A big thank you to the following ETT'ers who have uploaded their hard work:

Jim Moldenhauer, Mike Fogel, Jeff Doubleday, Bouke Dieleman, Andy Soyring, Julie Suni, William Doughty, Mike Bode, John Betts, Norman Haas, Gary McCormack, Preston Zale, Edward Jackson, Andrew Lambert, Evan Jenkins, Joseph Smyntek, Robert Ayres, John Bilis, Adrianne Davidson, Tim Adams, Mark Bower, Jurjen Borst, Hartmut Dicke, Larry Williams, Dan Usher, Jan Van Der Horst and Mark Kaehler.

Let's see how we get on in week two. We are only 40k behind Flower City Crossfit team, maybe we can sneak past them this weekend?
Have you any stories / personal bests to share with me?

Saturday, 16 September 2017

FTC 2017 Day One

We have 37 team team mates signed up and ready to erg for the 2017 Fall Team Challenge.
16 team mates have already uploaded metres and we finished day one in 20th place out of 194 world-wide teams.

Our lead team mate on the first day of the challenge is Ken M, followed closely by Mike F and Andy S.

It's a good start ETT'ers. Please share any of your aims, training programmes or personal bests with us on the blog, Facebook group or e-mail me (

Friday, 1 September 2017

Summer Update and Upcoming Challenges

Lots of ETT'ers took part in the Dog Days of Summer individual challenge. Congratulations goes out all who completed it!

Thank you to the following awesome team mates who rowed the 200m Cross Team Challenge. In the month of August we had 13 team mates compete.
Hats off to the Murdoch family with Ken sweet talking his whole family to take part. Thanks to Eloisa, Hannah and Catherina Murdoch - such great spirit there! It's also great to see so many female ETT'ers get involved too.

80 pts
Empty the Tanks I0:36.3
Joseph Smyntek (H)
James Groessler (H)
Kenneth Murdoch (H)
Rob Drury (L)
Eloisa Murdoch (F)

24 pts
Empty the Tanks II0:42.1
Jonathan Turns ETT (H)
Mike Bode (H)
Jim Moldenhauer (H)
Amelia Jean (L)
Hannah Murdoch (F)

194Empty the Tanks III1:02.0
SophiaMichael (L)
Catherina Murdoch (L)
Caroline Joynson (F)

The September Cross Team Challenge is a straight forward 6,000 metres from a standing start. Great timing for the Fall Team Challenge which kicks off on the 15th September.

Row as many metres collectively as a team from the 15th September until the 15th October. Last year we finished in 15th place out of 393 teams which places us in the top 4% of world-wide teams. 

In 2015 we finished in the top 3% of teams in 9th place. We want to break that 2015 record.
ETT can only do this with lots of you taking part. It's more fun if we all participate and rack up those metres! It is also more motivating if we have a bit of banter on the Facebook page and on the blog. 

So, who is with me?

Sign up on your logbook on your 'Challenges' page or find the link via your 'Teams' page too.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

August Update

How are you getting on with the Dog Days of Summer individual challenge?

Dog Days Challenge

August 1–28
Complete the Dog Days of Summer challenge by finishing each of the following four distance goals in the timeframes indicated and log them in your online logbook:
  • Week 1, Aug. 1–7: 10,000 meters
  • Week 2, Aug. 8–14: 20,000 meters
  • Week 3, Aug. 15–21: 30,000 meters
  • Week 4, Aug. 22–28: 40,000 meters
Distances are cumulative (you don't have to complete 10,000 metres in one sitting, for instance), and all metres—rowing or skiing, indoors or out—count. Plus, this year, we've added an optional level for kids and adaptive athletes.
I have to confess a holiday in San Francisco and time spent on the turbo trainer at home has meant my efforts in this challenge have been pretty slack! On a positive note the cross-training effects of hiking, biking and boxing classes should have me fighting fit for the upcoming Fall Team Challenge in September.

The August Cross Team Challenge a 'Bolt from the Blue' set by Fitness Matters is a speedy 200 metres unrestricted row. A simple and effective session that you can tag on the end of a mid-length row after a good warm-up.

Thanks to the following team mates we have already floated our first boat into the points rankings:

6 pts
Empty the Tanks I0:44.4
Kenneth Murdoch (H)
Mike Bode (H)
Rob Drury (L)
SophiaMichael (L)
Caroline Joynson (F)

Have you rowed anywhere exotic this summer?
Are you still rowing in the garage because the weather is freezing where you live?

Keep in touch and let us know how you are getting on.

Wishing you a great summer ETT'ers.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

USA Team Mate Jim M visits London!

Jim Moldenhauer from Wisconsin, USA has been a long-standing dedicated ETT member. Last week he e-mailed me to say he was in the UK for a holiday with his wife for a few days. He actually visited London last summer but our schedules did not work out. Luckily, today we managed a quick catch up this morning at the Imperial War Museum!

We met outside the museum and when the doors open at 10.00am we headed straight for the cafe to grab a cuppa and had a great chat. It felt very fitting that our Empty The Tanks team mate photo was in front of a tank!