Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Dog Days of Summer

August will be a busy month because as well as a little team challenge called the CTC (you might have heard of it) there is an individual challenge on the C2 site called the Dog Days of Summer.

It runs from August 1–28 and features a different total distance goal each week.

The Details

  • Row or ski, indoors or outdoors, completing each of the following four distance goals during the timeframes indicated and log them in your online logbook:
    • Week 1, Aug. 1–7: 20,000 metres
    • Week 2, Aug. 8–14: 30,000 metres
    • Week 3, Aug. 15–21: 40,000 metres
    • Week 4, Aug. 22–28: 50,000 metres
    The distance goals do not have to be done in one sitting, but must be done during the timeframe indicated. By the end of the challenge, you will have accumulated 140,000 metres.
  • This is an individual challenge. (You do not need to belong to a team to participate.)
  • Metres must be entered online.
  • Indoor rower, on water, SkiErg, and on snow metres count.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

C2 UK Forum comments

Since posting our chosen 10, 549 metres Cross Team Challenge on the C2 UK Forum people from other teams have responded with generally positive comments:

  • I must say I like that choice of an odd distance - Dougie, Sub 7
  • Good choice - Andrew, Free Spirits
  • I like it - Jason
  • I like it - but just to save the discussions - mention standing starts - Paul
  • Forgive the pedantry but isn't that a quarter marathon, or a ma? - Mad Team
  • I think this one's a bit long and will have a lower participation level than normal - Rod, Sub 7 (there is always one!)

Monday, 18 July 2011

Empty the Tanks August CTC

I have posted on the C2 UK Forum on the Cross Team Challenge thread that we have voted for the half, half marathon (10,549 metres) as this was the most popular row voted by Empty the Tanks members.
We will see what people think if they post comments about it over the next few weeks (I will keep you updated). It will be interesting because the last four or five Cross Team Challenges have been speed and short distance related so it will give endurance rowers something to get their teeth into.

Three boats floated in the July CTC

We have three boats floated in the points rankings for this months Cross Team Challenge.
Edward J has rowed an improved time for the CTC and has jumped into boat three!

Boat one is in the top ten and has gained 20 points for the team. Well done to; Mark, Ric, Joe, Chris and Yee-Ann for their impressive distances.

We need four more rowers for boat four.

20 pts
Empty the Tanks I4177.8m
Mark Bower (H) 4514 m
Richard Young (H) 4430 m
Joe Donar (H) 4425 m
Chris Venables (L) 4012 m
Yee-Ann Cho (F) 3508 m

10 pts
Empty the Tanks II3995m
hector m guerrero villa (H) 4333 m
David Junta (H) 4292 m
Matthew Smith (H) 4182 m
Chris Benson (L) 3726 m
Caroline Joynson (F) 3442 m

2 pts
Empty the Tanks III3769.4m
Ian Clegg (H) 4117 m
David Nicholas (H) 4079 m
edward jackson (H) 4072 m
jean curran (L) 3367 m
June Weintraub (F) 3212 m

39Empty the Tanks IV4062m
Andy Soyring (H) 4062 m

Monday, 11 July 2011

Week five CTC vote

The results are now in and the most popular row for the August Cross Team Challenge is the Half, half marathon (10,549 metres) suggested by Edward J.
It was a very close competition and the second most popular row was the handicapped 1k only 2 votes behind.
55 team mates voted and here is the final tally:

Half, half marathon 10,549 metres 47%
Handicapped 1k with weight, sex and age adjustments 41%
13 x 1 minutes with 1 minute rests 16%
8 x 500 metres with 1 minute rests 14%
8 x 31 seconds with 15 second rests 12%
5k restricted to 20spm 12%
13 minutes 10%
8 minutes 5%

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Well done team mates and a big thanks to Chris and Yee-Ann who got boat two floated today.
Ten members have risen to the hard-core challenge of the 20 x 45 seconds with 15 second rests so have two boats in the points rankings in the first week of July.

5 pts
Empty the Tanks I4164.6m
Mark Bower (H) 4514m
Richard Young (H) 4430m
Joe Donar (H) 4425m
Chris Venables (L) 4012m
Caroline Joynson (F) 3442m

3 pts
Empty the Tanks II3939.6m
David Junta (H) 4236m
Matthew Smith (H) 4182m
Ian Clegg (H) 4117m
Chris Benson (L) 3726m
Yee-Ann Cho (F) 3437m

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Week four CTC vote

51 team mates have voted for the August Cross Team Challenge over the past four weeks and with only one week left to go the results are still the same as week one. The half, half marathon is still in the lead with the 1k handicapped row in a close second.

Half, half marathon 10,549 metres 47%
Handicapped 1k with weight, sex and age adjustments 39%
13 minutes 11%
8 x 31 seconds with 15 second rests 11%
8 x 500 metres with 1 minute rests 9%
5k restricted to 20spm 9%
13 x 1 minutes with 1 minute rests 9%
8 minutes 3%

Boat one floated in the July CTC

Chris rowed the 20 x 45 second intervals with15 second rests today and uploaded to float boat one in the points rankings.
Give this challenge a go folks - it's hardcore but you feel very good after it's over!

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Friday, 1 July 2011

Day one July CTC

Five team mates have rowed the 20 x 45 sec 15 sec rest but we have yet to get a boat floated because we need a lightweight or another female rower in boat one.

5Empty the Tanks I4125.7m
Mark Bower (H) 4514m
Richard Young (H) 4430m
Ian Clegg (H) 4117m
Caroline Joynson (L) 3442m
6Empty the Tanks II4094m
Matthew Smith (H) 4094m

The sweaty July CTC

Normally in polite society you keep sweat-related discussions to yourself but I know that I'm in good company with Empty the Tanks. If you thought excess sweat was an issue on the 5k CTC just wait until you've tried the 20 x 45 seconds with 15 second rests.

I did my row half an hour a go and I am still recovering from the sweat-fest, although because I'm a lady I should say I'm glowing (like a crazy radio-active zombie).

My advice for the 20 x 45 seconds with 15 second rests is:
  • Keep a water bottle VERY close to the erg (there is barely enough time to drink in the 15 second intervals)
  • Have a towel close at hand to avoid slipping off the erg because of the amount of sweat
  • Consider wearing your swimsuit and take a dip after the row has finished

Final positions for the June CTC

Great participation from 23 team mates during this months Cross Team Challenge of 5k 24spm.
A number of last minute PB's from Mark, David J and Yee-Ann helped boost the team up the points rankings. Fabulous stuff folks!

39 pts
Empty the Tanks I19:07.7
Mark Bower (H) 17:38.2
Richard Young (H) 17:54.2
David Junta (H) 18:10.7
Chris Venables (L) 19:26.0
Yee-Ann Cho (F) 22:29.8

24 pts
Empty the Tanks II19:59.9
Joe Donar (H) 18:34.4
Andrew Hewitt (H) 19:11.4
Andy Soyring (H) 19:18.3
Mick LeTourneaux (L) 19:26.4
Caroline Joynson (F) 23:26.9

12 pts
Empty the Tanks III20:49.0
David Nicholas (H) 19:26.4
Matthew Smith (H) 19:34.3
edward jackson (H) 19:38.5
Chris Benson (L) 21:12.8
Becky Walker (F) 24:13.2

4 pts
Empty the Tanks IV22:30.4
hector m guerrero villa (H) 19:48.3
Ian Clegg (H) 19:49.7
Neil Marston (H) 20:05.9
Karen Bower (L) 25:25.1
jean curran (F) 27:23.0

72Empty the Tanks V23:27.1
Dan Whincup (H) 21:09.0
Jim Moldenhauer (H) 21:37.9
June Weintraub (L) 27:34.5