Sunday, 31 October 2010

Last day of the Oct CTC

It looks like we may not float a boat in the Cross Team Challenge this month, because only 4 team mates have taken up the challenge of the Age Without Limits crazy 100>900>100 metre interval pyramid.
Well done to the hard-core few who have entered this month: Chris, Mark B, David J and myself.

Hope you are all enjoying a fun Halloween!

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Penultimate day of the October CTC

After a bit of a break blogging (OK, I was on holiday in New York) I thought I should get back to encouraging the team.
With only 2 days left of the Cross Team Challenge we still need one more Empty the Tanks member to get our boat in the rankings.
The following team mates have already rowed the AWL pyramid interval challenge of 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800, 900, 800, 700, 600, 500, 400, 300, 200, 100 with 45 second rests.

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Mark Bower (H) 28:32.8
David Junta (H) 29:11.4
Chris Venables (L) 29:35.5
Caroline Joynson (F) 38:32.7

Saturday, 16 October 2010

FTC the final day

31 days of hard-core physical exercise and mental endurance from 48 members has resulted in the team's first top ten position in 2 years of competition.
We have rowed a total of 7,967,292 metres and as a team we averaged about 200,000 metres every day of the challenge. Final position as of today: 8th out of 280 teams, which puts us in the top 3% of teams world-wide.
Thank you to all the bloggers on the team page, it certainly made it more fun for me to report about the progress of the team having your comments to read and respond to.
Have a rest and enjoy a C2-free weekend, hopefully you will have forgotten about the pain and tiredness just in time for the January Virtual Team Challenge in 2011.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

FTC Day 30

7,510,235 metres into the challenge and one more day to make a difference.
Can we make it to 7th position?
Keep on rowing team - we are nearly there now.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

FTC Day 29

I agree with Del, Friday can not come soon enough.
People are getting tired and longing for a break, but if we want to keep that top ten spot we have to keep rowing for the next 2 days.
We have reached 7,313,156 metres today. Excellent stuff team mates.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

FTC Day 28

Its all hotting up in the top ten. As Del pointed out yesterday, we are only behind the UK Rowers by about 400k - could we push for a top 7 finish? Let's hope that some of our team mates have some extra metres that need logging at the last minute.....
We have completed over 4 weeks of continuous rowing and have clocked up over 7 million metres between 47 rowers - great stuff.
Using Andy's words "Lets finish strong".

Monday, 11 October 2010

FTC Day 27

Matt L has swooped into the top spot with an overnight upload of over 400,000 metres. We should certainly feel safe in 8th position now because we are 600k ahead of those 'pesky' (as we now like to call them) Island Rowers.
Today's total metres stand at 6,814,419.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

FTC Day 26

We have reached 6,212,188 metres and are holding on to our 8th place ranking.
The top 3 Empty the Tanks team mates are giving it their all in the final week, here are the latest figures:

1 Derek Kyme 435,639
2 Dan McCarthy 430,988
3 John Dunn 353,331

Only 5 days to go before the end of the competition. We can do it team - keep ROWING STRONG.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

FTC Day 25

We have hit 6,029,661 metres and still in 8th place - great work folks.
Rowing into the final straight and we have the finish line in sight - what are you looking forward to doing after Friday 15th October (instead of rowing)?

After the FTC I have got an appointment with my sofa and a big pile of DVD's to watch. Unfortunately I can't take a total break from rowing because I am on the C2 interactive training program for the British Indoor Rowing Championships in November.

For the cycling enthusiasts out there

There is a one night only showing of the cycling film Chasing Legends on the 21st October at a cinema near you. It follows the Team HTC Columbia and has commentary from Phil Liggett and Paul Sherman. There are also comments from Lance Armstrong and Eddie Merckx.

Follow this link to find out more information:

Friday, 8 October 2010

FTC Day 24

With only 7 days left to play with we should try increasing our work-outs by an extra 1k, you never know it might just make the difference. We have hit an impressive 5,817,655 metres. UK Rowers are ahead with just over 400k and the Island Rowers are not too far behind us with 5,785,501 metres.
Dan M has re-gained first place in the team and the battle for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th positions rage on between the following members:
1 Dan McCarthy

2 Derek Kyme

3 Mark Bower

4 John Dunn

5 Andy Soyring


Thursday, 7 October 2010

FTC Day 23

Del is the new leader of the pack. He has stormed to the top spot with 355,089 metres (only 3k ahead of Dan M) - excellent stuff Derek.
We had better keep an eye on the Island Rowers from the USA, because when I logged on this morning they had pushed us down to 9th place.
Due to the hard work of Del, the David's and the rest of Empty the Tanks team mates we are back in 8th (again).
For those of you who have taken an interest in the race within a race, David M is now heading up the David Row-off. David A e-mailed me this morning to say he was unable to put in any more hard-core rows because the surgeon who removed his tonsils on Tuesday 'painted a picture of vigorous exercise leading to a burst wound' - (I think this put him off). Thanks David A for all your hard work during this team challenge. Hope to see you in the January Virtual Team Challenge in 2011.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

FTC Day 22

Today has been the day of the David Row-off.
The three David's have been head-to-head for a few weeks now and the results are in:
David Acres M35240,842
7 David Mikoska M36235,035
8 David Junta M43231,010
David A is in the lead today, but it is very close - things might change tomorrow.

We are in 8th place and have rowed an amazing 5,445,510 metres.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

FTC Day 21

5,238,755 metres in and an 8th place ranking.
10 days left in the competition - let's make it count.

FTC Day 20

The 21st day of the challenge and we have hit 5,051,246 metres. There is also a new top position in the team - Dan M who has rowed 320,959 metres. Great stuff Dan.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

FTC Day 19

Ending the week on a high - still in 7th place with 4,714,737 metres. We are only 200k behind UK Rowers, if only we could find some extra metres from somewhere...

So far we have discussed what music motivates Empty the Tanks members and what they wear during a workout.

The next question is - What is your indoor rowing environment like? Some C2 forum users refer to this place as 'the dungeon' as it is where torture is inflicted.

My C2 is in the spare room (or as I like to call it The Gym). I share my C2 with Chris and it has been customised with a bright blue C Breeze and a Row-Right slide guide. I have a fan pointing directly at me with my Macbook close at hand so I can watch things on i-player or listen to music.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

FTC Day 18

7th place with 4,459,506 metres - yahooooo
We scooted past the Island Rowers this morning and have stayed in the lead since then -Top work Empty the Tankers.

Friday, 1 October 2010

FTC Day 17

Yesterday was touch and go for a bit whether we would hold on to 8th place. Luckily a number of Empty the Tanks team mates uploaded around 11pm (including Rob H who signed up for FTC just before the cut-off point) which catapulted us back up the rankings.
We are back in 8th place again - yipeeee
Today's metres are 4,261,524 over 100,000 metres in front of the Island Rowers.
Only 13 days left, keep up the great work team.