Friday, 30 September 2011

FTC11 Day 16

At the half way point of the FTC we are in 12th position. Its going to take a heroic team effort to shift UK Rowers in 11th and Ancients in 10th off their spots so we can claim a top ten place.

Day 16 = 45 team mates = 12/303 teams = 3,338,465 metres = top 4%

Here are the individual statistics:
  • Bill and Karri are the King and Queen of the team and have rowed over 200k
  • Andy S, Darren and David J have rowed over 150k
  • The rest of the 100k club are; Hector, Eddie, John F, Del, Mark, Ric, Pieter and Ian
  • The nearly 100k club are; Phil, Caroline, John G, John D and Steven
  • 50k and more from Andy H, Joe D, David B, Jean, Mike, Edward and Joe
  • 20k and more from Karine, John B, Kevin, Simon, Duncan, Karen, Peter and Chris
  • 2k upwards from Jim, Chris G, Matt, Wayne, June, Yee-Ann, Byron and Richard

Thursday, 29 September 2011

September CTC and Challenge Series

There's only a few days left to contribute to the September Cross Team Challenge and the individual Challenge Series 2012.

September CTC
30 minutes with 5 minutes rest

Challenge Series 2012 - September Event
4 minute O'Neill test

FTC11 Day 15

Oooops we have slipped down into 12th place.

Today we have been overtaken by two teams; SBT 22 a military team with over 200 members and those pesky UK Rowers with 62 members. If we worked hard we could sneak up to 11th place and put the UK Rowers back into 12th position - there's only 108,000 metres at stake.

Day 15 = 45 team mates = 12/296 teams = 3,150,422 metres = top 4%

Maybe it was the unseasonably warm weather that put us off today because we are 50k short of our usual average metres contributions - that would certainly help get us back up the rankings.

Did anybody forget to upload - or not get a chance?

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

FTC11 Day 14

Two weeks into the competition and we have rowed an impressive 3 million metres between us! The lions share of the metres can be contributed to the top ten or as I like to refer to them as the T-shirt ten: Bill, Karri, Darren, Andy S, Hector, David, Eddie, Del, John F and Mark.

I have been very impressed by the commitment of the team over the past fourteen days. It is very encouraging that nearing the halfway point of the competition over half the team have contributed 50,000 metres and more. If we continue with this pace for the next two and a bit weeks we will have rowed over 6 million metres and hopefully keep in the top ten too.

Day 14 = 45 team mates = 10/292 teams = 3,002,972 metres = top 3%

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

FTC11 Day 13

We are still the tenth team out of 289 teams and have rowed 2,855,793 metres in just short of two weeks.

Day 13 = 45 team mates = 10/289 teams = 2,855,793 metres = top 3%

Bill and Karri are members of the exclusive 200k club.
The following team mates have joined the 100k club (and the nearly 100k club):

1 Bill St.Louis M246,907
2 Karri Tuyls F209,934
3 Darren Whetton M181,017
4 Andy Soyring M175,623
5 hector m guerrero villa M145,478
6 David Junta M129,950
7 Eddie Ventress M123,706
8 Derek Kyme M121,000
9 John Fewtrell M100,000
10 Mark Bower M97,937
11 Ian Clegg M96,553
12 Pieter Goes M92,041
13 Richard Young M91,862

Monday, 26 September 2011

BIRC 2012 registration now open

If you follow this link to sign up for the British Indoor Rowing Championships on Sunday 25th March 2012 in Nottingham.

The first 150 people who sign up get a C2 mug - but I think that they might have already gone!


Talking of competitions Mark and Ric will be competing at Grimsby IRC on the 15th October so we need to wish them luck - Hope both of you have a brilliant row!

Are there any more Empty the Tanks team mates going to Grimsby?

FTC11 Day 12

We have dropped to 10th place out of 285 but we are still in the top 3% of world-wide teams. Not bad going folks.

We need to keep an eye on the UK rowers who are in 11th place who are only 130,000 metres behind us. Let's see if we can topple TimbukTWO off their 9th place position by churning out an extra 180k between us this week (that would be an extra 7k each). It is definitely possible....

Keep up the great work team we are fast approaching the half-way point of the competition and we are doing well.

Day 12 = 45 team mates = 10/285 teams = 2,614,257 metres = top 3%

Sunday, 25 September 2011

FTC11 Day 11

Yahooo we have rowed our way back up to 9th place out of 279 teams. We have had a fantastic first week in the competition and it looks like week two is shaping up to be even better.

18 team mates have rowed over 50,000 metres or more for the Fall Team Challenge.
  • Bill has reached a fantastic 200k in eleven days. Good going Bill
  • Darren has pulled in over 180k
  • Karri is the highest ranking female team mate
Day 11 = 45 team mates = 9/279 teams = 2,372,250 metres = top 3%

Saturday, 24 September 2011

FTC11 Day 10

On day ten during last year's FTC we were in 9th place and had rowed over two and a half million metres with 42 members. And for those members who competed in the FTC last year you will know we went on to claim 8th place in the final standings.

In comparison, on day ten this year we are in 10th place and have rowed 2,223,067 metres with 45 team mates. We had our best day since the start of the competition and have collectively rowed over 325k since yesterday! Keep up the great work ETT'ers.

Day 10 = 45 team mates = 10/275 teams = 2,223,067 metres = top 4%

Members in the 100k club are (a couple are close to the 200k club):

1 Darren Whetton 181,017
2 Karri Tuyls 153,211
3 hector m guerrero villa 145,478
4 Bill St.Louis 141,421
5 Andy Soyring 140,329
6 Derek Kyme 105,000

Three boats floated in the Sept CTC

A big thanks goes out to new team mate Dave B who has got Boat three into the points rankings for the September Cross Team Challenge. Nice one Dave, those metres will count towards your Million Metres challenge too (and the Fall Team Challenge).

Here are the individual standings:

22 pts
Empty the Tanks I 7979.8m
Mark Bower (H) 8659m
Eddie Ventress (H) 8622m
Richard Young (H) 8516m
Mick LeTourneaux (L) 7644m
Yee-Ann Cho (F) 6458m

10 pts
Empty the Tanks II 7547m
David Junta (H) 8052m
John Giles (H) 8021m
Ian Clegg (H) 7725m
Chris Venables (L) 7523m
Becky Walker (F) 6414m

6 pts
Empty the Tanks III 7188m
Andy Soyring (H) 7684m
edward jackson (H) 7557m
David Bass (H) 7068m
Chris Benson (L) 7271
Caroline Joynson (F) 6360m

Friday, 23 September 2011

FTC11 Day 9

We are holding on to a top ten slot for the ninth day in a row and have collectively rowed an average of 200k each day.

We are still second place in the 21-50 virtual team category with the Ancients team in first place. Although the Ancients have half the amount of team mates they have rowed twice as many metres as us. It seems the average age of the Ancients team is 67, so I am guessing they may have extra time on their hands for rowing during the day whilst the majority of ETT'ers are at work.

Day 9 = 45 team mates = 10/275 teams = 1,897,072 metres = top 4%

Have fun this weekend (when you're not stuck to the erg).

I have been enjoying watching The Great British Bake off during rowing sessions recently, but I always end up feeling very hungry at the end of my session...

Does anybody else watch TV / DVD's during work-outs?
What is a good motivational program or film?

Thursday, 22 September 2011

FTC11 Day 8 and new team mate

We have been joined by a new team mate called David B, 44 from the UK who has rowed 13k for the team.
Although we have dropped down the rankings - we are still in the top ten out of 274 world-wide teams.
Battles are breaking out for the top spot in the team between Bill and Darren who seem to be taking turns for pole position.
Karri is the first female team mate to get to 100k and she is in third place in the team rankings. Nice work Karri.

Day 8 = 45 team mates = 10/274 teams = 1,690,361 metres = top 4%

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

FTC11 Day 7

We have slipped back to 9th place today but I am confident that we can sneak back up to 8th position by the weekend. Keep on rowing strong folks as we are still in the top 3% of virtual rowing teams in the world!

Day 7 = 44 team mates = 9/269 teams = 1,523,631 metres = top 3%

Happy Birthday to Chris V today!

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

FTC11 Day 6

With nearly a week's rowing under our belts we can feel very proud of the fact we have worked our way back into 8th position today. We need to keep an eye on TimbukTWO in 9th place who are only 25k behind us.
I have been very impressed with the participation levels in the FTC this year and I noticed that 2 more team mates have signed up today! Keep up the great work ETT'ers.

Day 6 = 44 team mates = 8/259 teams = 1,227,007 metres = Top 3%

Monday, 19 September 2011

FTC11 Day 5

A-harrr me hearty's! Its National Talk Like a Pirate Day.

I think we must have channeled some ancient pirate sea-faring energy because as a team we have hit 1 million metres in only five days.

Bill and Darren are the most dedicated (and hard-core) team mates this week because they have each contributed over 100k to the FTC11 in less than a week!

Three more team mates have signed up for the challenge which still keeps us in the 21-50 team members group in the C2 team rankings. We are currently the 2nd place team in this category.

Day 5 = 42 team mates = 9/250 teams = 1,105,370 metres = top 4%

Sunday, 18 September 2011

FTC11 Day 4

Wahoooo we have jumped up to 8th position today which is fantastic. This places Empty the Tanks in the top 3.5% (lets round that number up to 3%).
Brilliant work people.

Day 4 = 39 team mates = 8/225 teams = 847,558 metres = top 3%

Notable individual contributions come from:
  • Bill has entered over 85k and is the team leader today - well done!
  • Darren has pulled in 17k each day in the first few days
  • John F has rowed 15k each day so far
  • Karri is the top performing female in the team with over 50k
  • Ian has almost rowed a half marathon today to pull himself up into the top 5
  • Hector uploaded 25k yesterday - did you row that distance in one go? Great stuff!
  • Mark managed to put in 15k today after rowing on water with Newark Rowing Club in the morning - that's dedication!
  • Joe D has burned some energy with an 18k row since yesterday
A big thank you to all team mates for your contributions. Every metre counts. Let's keep 8th position for another day then surge for 7th place next week.

Congratulations to Del and his Bristol Dragon Boat crew who claimed 2nd place in the Great River Race on the Thames yesterday. 21 miles of challenging waters with a head-wind and rain to contend with, not to mention the 330 other boats on the river too. Excellent work Del!

Saturday, 17 September 2011

FTC11 Day 3

We rose up to 8th place this afternoon again and then slipped back down to 9th place (again) this evening. Not to worry we have 28 days left to work our way back up to that elusive 8th (or even 7th) spot and stay there.

Day 3 = 39 team mates = 9/220 teams = 666,381 metres = top 4%

The top ten team mates have each contributed over 24k in the last three days. As a team we have been averaging a total of 200k a day - keep up the great work folks and we will secure our top ten position for the rest of week one.

1 Darren Whetton 72,223
2 Bill St.Louis 64,125
3 Andy Soyring 49,541
4 John Fewtrell 45,000
5 Karri Tuyls 40,835
6 Eddie Ventress 32,028
7 Ian Clegg 30,022
8 David Junta 28,001
9 Hector m Guerrero villa 25,037
10 Pieter Goes 24,622

The Great River Race

Phil V and I went to see the Great River Race in London today to cheer along Del and his crew of Dragon-boaters from Bristol. We weren't quite sure which boat he was in but I think his team wear blue and white, so we shouted encouragement to any of the boats that fitted that description (it turned out that LOADS of boats did). It may or may not be Del in the photo above!?

We were only at the river side a couple of minutes before a huge grey cloud loomed over the horizon and we spent the rest of the afternoon very wet indeed. Despite the poor weather we walked along the Thames from Putney Bridge to Battersea Bridge and back again and enjoyed watching the various boats speeding past.

Well done to Del and his crew for rowing the 21 miles of the course. It's a shame your on-water metres don't count towards the Fall Team Challenge because you would bump the team up a couple of places with that row today.
Have a drink on ETT tonight Del, you've earned it.

Friday, 16 September 2011

FTC11 Day 2

39 ETT'ers have signed up for the FTC11 and 26 have entered metres towards the team totals. After a fantastic start yesterday we jumped up to 8th position for half a day and have just slipped back into 9th again this evening. Don't panic its still a top ten slot!

Day 2 = 39 team mates = 9/197 teams = 414,858 metres = top 4%

We have had some impressive feats of endurance after only two days of competition from Bill, Darren, John F, Andy S and Eddie who have rowed over 25k already - with Bill and Darren clocking up between 50k and 40k respectively.
Well done to everybody who has contributed to our top ten position.

For those erg / rowing fanatics out there who are in London this weekend you can get a chance to meet our very own Del who is with his Dragon Boat crew rowing 21 miles from Greenwich to Richmond as part of The Great River Race. Hopefully we will catch Del tomorrow whilst he storms to the front of the race.

I have created a quick link to the FTC11 team standings at the right of my blog in the competitions list.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

FTC11 Day 1

The time has come to dig out those 80's gym shorts, a comfy vest and some motivational music for the ultimate in physical and mental endurance......


34 enthusiastic Empty the Tanks team mates have signed up and seven members have already contributed to the 100k total for today. I am sure we will get plenty more metres in the bag before the day is out.
We are holding onto a top ten position - 9th place out of 111 teams. Brilliant work people - let's keep in the top ten for the next four weeks.

Day 1 = 34 team mates = 9/111 teams = 189,554 metres = top 8%

To keep you motivated I will send all members who row over 100k during the competition an exclusive Empty the Tanks t-shirt.

Monday, 12 September 2011

FTC only 3 days away!

The Fall Team Challenge starts on Thursday 15th September so dig out the cheesy house music and 80's rock and get ready for some serious rowing.

We are making good progress in the September CTC (30' 5'r) with two boats in the points rankings and just one heavyweight rower away from floating boat three.

Here are the individual results:

23 Mark Bower M ETT I 8470 1:46.3
26 Richard Young M ETT I 8441 1:46.6
32 Eddie Ventress M ETT I 8379 1:47.4
73 John Giles M ETT II 7998 1:52.5
81 David Junta M ETT II 7858 1:54.5
97 Andy Soyring M ETT II 7684 1:57.1
101 Mick LeTourneaux m ETT I 7644
105 Ian Clegg M ETT III 7591 1:58.6
112 edward jackson M ETT III 7557 1:59.1
118 Chris Venables m ETT II 7523 1:59.6
144 Chris Benson m ETT III 6919
154 Yee-Ann Cho F ETT I 6458
156 Becky Walker F ETT II 6414 2:20.3
157 Caroline Joynson f ETT III 6360 2:21.5

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Boat two floated in September CTC

Eleven team mates have rowed the 30 minute September Cross Team Challenge. Can we get boat three in the rankings by next week?

5 pts
Empty the Tanks I 7839.2m
Mark Bower (H)
Eddie Ventress (H)
Richard Young (H)
Mick LeTourneaux (L)
Becky Walker (F)

1 pt
Empty the Tanks II 7412.4m
John Giles (H)
David Junta (H)
edward jackson (H)
Chris Venables (L)
Caroline Joynson (F)

33Empty the Tanks III6919m
Chris Benson (L)

Another new team mate in time for the FTC2011

Steven R, 30 from the UK has joined the team and has already signed up for the Fall Team Challenge 2011.
We have now got 29 members ready for a storming competition in eight days time - top ten again folks?

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Lightweights and females needed

We only need one more lightweight or female team mate to get boat two into the points rankings for the September CTC.

How did you split your intervals? Did anybody do 30 minutes straight?

Empty the Tanks I7845m
Mark Bower (H) 8394m Chris Venables (L) 7473m
Eddie Ventress (H) 8379m Becky Walker (F) 6414m
Richard Young (H) 8365m

Empty the Tanks II7397.2m
John Giles (H) 7933m Caroline Joynson (L) 6265m
David Junta (H) 7834m
edward jackson (H) 7557m

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Boat one floated in Sept CTC

Chris and Caroline rowed 2 x 15 minutes with 5 minutes rest today and helped float boat one into the points rankings. We are in second place - Yeah.

Challenge Series 2012 events

As promised earlier in the week I have information about the monthly challenges for the Challenge Series 2012:

Month Challenge Distance/Time Entries Close (11pm)
SeptemberO'Neill Fitness Test4 mins1st October 11
OctoberOne Mile1,609m1st November 11
NovemberJoe Simpson Challenge6,344m1st December 11
DecemberGreg Searle Challenge5,000m1st January 12
JanuaryGut Buster10,000m1st February 12
FebruaryClassic Indoor Race Distance2,500m1st March 12
MarchOlympic Race Distance2,000m1st April 12
AprilBoat Race Record16 mins 19 secs1st May 12
MaySprint Finish500m1st June 12

New team mate for FTC 2011

26 team mates have signed up for the Fall Team Challenge which starts on the 15th September. We have been joined by a new team mate called Karine, 37 from France - welcome to the team Karine.

Heavyweight rowers kick off the Sept CTC

Five heavyweight rowers have rowed the September Cross Team Challenge in the first two days of the competition.
Excellent work guys - How did you break down your intervals?

5Empty the Tanks I8379.3m
Mark Bower (H) 8394m
Eddie Ventress (H) 8379m
Richard Young (H) 8365m

11Empty the Tanks II7745m
John Giles (H) 7933m
edward jackson (H) 7557m