Thursday, 31 December 2009

2 new team mates

We have been joined by 2 new rowers just in time for January Virtual Team Challenge 2010:

Mike N, 60 from the UK and Bill, 45 from the USA - both are primed for the JVTC. Welcome to Empty the Tanks boys.

Holiday Challenge 2009

Congratulations to the 12 Empty the Tanks members who completed the 100k Holiday Challenge.
To be included on the Concept 2 honour board you needed to row 100,000 metres between November 26th and December 24th.




The following team mates rose to the challenge:

271,681 Andy Soyring
207,753 Joe Labonte
202,225 Peter Yeeles
200,792 Steve Hellwig
194,085 David Mikoska
186,840 Derek Kyme
174,774 Chris Venables
124,453 Sven Simon
117,175 Sean Joyce
108,037 Caroline Joynson
103,846 Miles Orchard
102,336 Jean Curran

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Blue Moon Row


On December 31st you can get involved in the Blue Moon Row:
  • Row twice in one day, with each row being at least 5,000 metres.
  • This is an individual challenge. (You do not need to belong to a team to participate.)
  • Metres must be entered online.
You get a delightful certificate and a warm glow inside when you complete this challenge.

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

January Virtual Team Challenge


The JVTC starts on the 1st of January 2010 - as a team we need to row as many metres as we can collectively between 12:00 a.m. January 1 and 11:59 p.m. January 31.

Empty the Tanks came 78th out of 250 teams in the JVTC in 2009 with 6 team mates. We have grown in size over the year and now have over 60+ members from all around the world.

24 Empty the Tanks members have already signed up for the JVTC 2010:

Miles, Andy S, Douglas, Simon, Mike P, Derek, David M, Lance, Joe, Steve, Sean, Chris, Caroline, Jean, Karen, Joe, Richard G, Sven, Kim, Sarah Z, Mike D, Keith, Richard B and Tim.

Another new team mate

David M, 35 from the UK has joined the team - he has also signed up for the January Virtual Team Challenge too.

Only 2 days left of the Dec CTC

15 team mates have rowed the Empty the Tanks 25@25 - we have 3 boats in the rankings:

Boat 1 is in position 32 out of 71 and has gained 20 points.

Boat 2 is in position 45 out 0f 71 and has gained 7 points.

Boat 3 is in position 50 out of 71 and has gained 2 points.

Individual positions are:

61/303 6806m = Joe (Boat 1)
126/303 6488m = David (Boat 1) New team member
131/303 6459m = Andy S (Boat 1)
154/303 6365m = Simon (Boat 2)
165/303 6308m = Joe H(Boat 1)
180/303 6220m = Steve (Boat 2)
189/303 6137m = Jamie (Boat 3)
219/303 5965m = Lance (Boat 2)
220/303 5958m = Chris (Boat 3)
233/303 5865m = Richard G (Boat 3)
270/303 5580m = John B (Boat 3)
275/303 5530m = Miles (Boat 3)
292/303 5235m = Sarah Z (Boat 1)
298/303 4881m = Caroline (Boat 2)
299/303 4784m = Jean (Boat 3)

Thursday, 24 December 2009

3 new team mates

We have 3 new members of Empty the Tanks. A big welcome to:

Jamie, 39 from San Antonia USA. He has already signed up for the (January Virtual Team Challenge) JVTC 2010 and put in an impressive Dec CTC row.

Tim, 39 who is also from the USA and has signed up for the JVTC too.

Alan has joined the team but has yet to sign up for the 2010 challenge.

Only 7 days left for the Dec CTC

With only 7 days left for the Empty the Tanks Dec CTC of 25 minutes with a restricted rate of 25 spm we need to get Boat 3 floated into the rankings.

Boat 1 is in position 29 out of 64 and has gained 10 points.

Boat 2 is in position 36 out 0f 64 and has gained 3 points.

Boat 3 is in position 60 out of 64 (we need 2 more rowers in Boat 3 to qualify for points).

Individual positions are:

51/268 6806m = Joe (Boat 1)
116/268 6459m = Andy S (Boat 1)
136/268 6365m = Simon (Boat 1)
145/268 6308m = Joe H(Boat 1)
161/268 6220m = Steve (Boat 2)
192/268 5965m = Lance (Boat 2)
193/268 5958m = Chris (Boat 2)
206/268 5865m = Richard G (Boat 2)
239/268 5580m = John B (Boat 3)
242/268 5530m = Miles (Boat 3)
260/268 5000m = Jamie (Boat 3) New team member
263/268 4821m = Caroline (Boat 1)
264/268 4784m = Jean (Boat 2)

Friday, 18 December 2009

CTC update

12 team mates have rowed the December CTC of 25 minutes at a restricted rate of 25 spm. We have 3 boats in the challenge:

Boat 1 is in position 26 out of 58 and has gained 10 points.

Boat 2 is in position 33 out 0f 58 and has gained 3 points.

Boat 3 is in position 54 out of 58 (we need 3 more rowers in Boat 3 to qualify for points).

Individual positions are:

44/236 6806m = Joe (Boat 1)
99/236 6459m = Andy S (Boat 1)
118/236 6365m = Simon (Boat 1)
126/236 6308m = Joe H(Boat 1)
139/236 6220m = Steve (Boat 2)
169/236 5965m = Lance (Boat 2)
170/236 5958m = Chris (Boat 2)
180/236 5865m = Richard G (Boat 2)
210/236 5580m = John B (Boat 3)
226/236 5223m = Miles (Boat 3)
233/236 4821m = Caroline (Boat 1)
234/236 4784m = Jean (Boat 2)

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Photos from the BIRC

Karen HWT 35-39 08:29.3Derek HWT 45-49 06:47.4 Phil HWT 60-64 08:53.3Chris LWT 35-39 06:58.2Caroline LWT 35-39 08:49.1



One boat in the Dec CTC rankings

5 Empty the Tanks team mates have done the 25 minute row at a restricted stroke rate of 25 spm or less.

Boat 1 = 7/26 + 1 point

Individual rankings:

12/80 6806 = Joe
59/80 5985 = Chris
63/80 5685 = Richard G
69/80 5798 = Steve H
80/80 4584 = Caroline (Yes - I am last)

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

December Cross Team Challenge


December is here and as you know we have been given the privilege of choosing this month's event for the December Cross Team Challenge. After lots of suggestions from the team the selection was trimmed down to the following session which will apply from today at the usual website.

December CTC event: 25 minutes with a restricted stroke rate of 25 strokes per minute

(of course it had to have 25 in it somewhere due to Christmas)

If you are not aware restricted rate rowing is one way of improving stroke power and form and I thought that it would be useful for us all to take a break from sprint intervals and long steady state rowing to focus on power and form as we head into the January Virtual Team Challenge, the World Indoor Rowing Championship (February) and the English Indoor Rowing Championship (February).