Sunday, 31 May 2009

3 new members from USA

A big Empty the tanks welcome to Bill, Lori and Jeanette Gregory! Fantastic news, we are going to have a brilliant team ready for the FRC. So we are not sat twiddling our thumbs until September, why not join in the fun at the CTC this June? Row the height of Ben Nevis (1344 metres) in your fastest time and enter it onto the Cross Team Challenge page (link is on my Useful links section of my page to the right).

CTC June Challenge

Hello Empty the tanks team mates, I'm glad a number of you have joined in the CTC May challenge of your fastest 5K.

I found out some info from the C2UK forum about the CTC:
(not my words)

"The idea came courtesy of Nik Fleming with some input from Matt Newman and a few other forumites. Here's the deal...

There are several teams on the forum as well as many forumites who are not "affiliated". We have a monthly challenge with which we can all join in. During the month, team members post times or distances for that month's challenge, and these are used to compile 'boats' for each team. A boat is made up of 5 seats. 3 open seats, a lightweight seat (male or female) and a female seat (heavy or lightweight). At the end of the month, the qualifying boats are given a point score based upon the number of complete boats that month. If there are 20 boats, the top ranked boat gets 20 points, down to the last boat that gets 1 point"

The June CTC challenge is to row the height of Ben Nevis, 1344m - in your fastest time!?

Friday, 29 May 2009

Welcome to new crew member Simon

Great to have you on board Simon!

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Joe, Gordon, John F, Jude and Caroline push the boat out for Empty the tanks

So far we have 4 rowers in a boat for the CTC May Challenge of the fastest 5k, Joe, Gordon, John F and I are currently the 72nd boat out of 79.

We have another boat in the competition because Jude has joined the team. There is a rule that only allows 3 male Heavyweight rowers in one boat, the other 2 places need to be filled with Lightweight males or Lightweight / Heavyweight females!

The individual rankings are good;

Jude is 112/330 with a brilliant row of 18 minutes 40 seconds.
Joe is 141/330 with an impressive 19 minutes and .3 seconds.
Gordon is 226/330 with a solid 20 minutes 28 seconds.
John F is 261/330 with a row of 21 minutes 18 seconds.
I'm much further down the rankings at 319/330, with my best ever 5k at 24 minutes 45 seconds.

Cross Team Challenge

I posted a comment on the Concept 2 UK forum about Empty the tanks and I was pointed in the direction of this website http://c2ctc.com/.
This is a virtual cross team competition and the May challenge is for your fastest 5k time. The principle seems to be that members from virtual rowing teams can enter 'boats'. There can be 5 members in each boat and the average time of each rowers 5k is calculated and then entered onto the board. I have entered a boat already, so I need 4 more rowers to join me - I am currently the 77th boat out of 79!
If you want to join me, go to the link above and you will see 'Add or update a person' in the top right hand side of the page. Add yourself in this section (don't forget to select Empty the tanks team), then go back to the main page - you can now enter your fastest time for a 5,000 metre row to join the rankings.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Stop press - another team mate joins 'empty the tanks' in the same day

Mike has joined his son John D on the team, giving us our second father and son combination, (the first being Phil & Chris).
Both Mike and John D are super fit having just cycled up the Mount Ventoux in the French Alps. Looking forward to rowing with you both in September.

Welcome to 'the tanks' John D

We have another new addition to the team - another big gun to add to the arsenal, John D! The current FRC team stands at 13 members - if all previous members sign up, then we will have a tank full of 21 rowers!! This would take us into the 21-50 members category when rating ourselves against similar virtual teams.

Monday, 25 May 2009

A big hello to new member David

David - Welcome to the ranks of Empty the tanks! Our first member from the South of England, I have updated the team info to the reflect the widening reach of 'the tanks'.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Welcome back Yvon

Today we are joined by Yvon who has returned to Empty the tanks for the FRC2009. Keep up the good work team, we have 11 members so far and there's still 3 months training (or respite) until the BIG Fall Rowing Challenge.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Karen has returned!

Hey Karen - welcome back to the ranks. I know you will be in hard-core training over the Summer to smash through some PB's and your WRC2009 total metres....

Sunday, 17 May 2009

John is back for more metres

John from Belgium has joined us again, ready and primed for the FRC2009. Welcome back John! 9 team members have signed up for the FRC so far ; Chris, Phil, Gordon, Joe, Tim, John, Sarah Z, William and Me!

Saturday, 16 May 2009

More team mates have joined up for the FRC2009.

Joe and Tim are back and ready for action, good to see you back guys.
Team mates - we have a few months to prepare for our goal of beating the WRC2009 position of 36/230.

Friday, 15 May 2009

Welcome back Phil!

The brilliant Phil has re-joined the team ready for the Fall Rowing Challenge - great stuff.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Another new member for FRC2009

'Empty the tanks' team mates give a big welcome to Sarah Z from the USA, looking forward to rowing with you in September.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Empty the tanks team to date

So far Chris, Gordon, Joe (and me) have returned to the team for the Fall Rowing Challenge. We also have a new member William too!

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Gearing up for the Fall Rowing Challenge 2009

OK, so the FRC isn't until September, but you can sign up for the competition now. Just go to your team page on your on-line logbook and click to join. We have a new member already, William P from the USA! William is only 7 years old - a big welcome to the Empty the tanks team Will! I hope you will enjoy the competition in September. I am currently rowing one million metres to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis - check my blog, there's a link on this page.