Monday, 31 October 2011

Happy Halloween 2011

Hope you have all had a great day full of tricky treats.

Well done to the following members of the Skeleton Crew 2011 for rowing 31k or more between the 25th - 31st October:

Andy Soyring 81,045
David Bass 46,093
Richard Young 44,859
Derek Kyme 43,638
John Fewtrell 41,000
Kevin Sharp 40,487
Mark Bower 38,064
Phil Venables 34,105
Jean Curran 32,000
John Giles 31,905
joseph coda 31,660
hector m guerrero villa 31,617
Caroline Joynson 31,426
Peter Yeeles 31,164

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Skeleton Crew 2011

With only one day of the Skeleton Crew 2011 left, how many of you will meet the (not so) scary challenge of 31k?
The competition started on the 25th October and finishes on Monday 31st October. So far the following team mates have qualified for their certificate and mention on the honour board:

Andy Soyring 60,058
Kevin Sharp 33,467
Richard Young 32,340
John Giles 31,905
Derek Kyme 31,110
David Bass 31,093

November CTC and Challenge Series

The November sessions are:
  • Cross Team Challenge has been set by Banana Boat = 4 x 200m x 1 min active rest per set. The 1st set must be from a static start, the other 3 can be rolling. The time for the total 4 sets to count (800m)
Good luck with both challenges ETT'ers.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

What a mug!

For the first 150 people who signed up for the BIRC C2 have sent out a lovely mug. Chris and I got them during the week. Has anybody else got their mug yet?

Only two days left for the CTC and the Challenge Series

For those team mates who have entered the 2012 Series Challenge the deadline for the mile row 1,609m is 1st November.

The 500m Cross Team Challenge set by the Forum Flyers closes on Monday 31st October.
20 members have all completed the short, sharp row. We need six more ETT'ers to get on the C2 by the end of All Hallows Eve to get all four boats in the points rankings.

35 pts
Empty the Tanks I 1:37.1
Mark Bower (H) 1:25.2
Richard Young (H) 1:28.7
Joe Donar (H) 1:29.3
Chris Venables (L) 1:41.9
Caroline Joynson (F) 2:00.4

25 pts
Empty the Tanks II 1:40.6
Duncan Murray (H) 1:30.2
Matthew Smith (H) 1:33.7
Andrew Hewitt (H) 1:34.3
Chris Benson (L) 1:42.9
Becky Walker (F) 2:02.0

65Empty the Tanks III 1:36.5
John Giles (H) 1:35.0
David Junta (H) 1:35.1
Ian Clegg (H) 1:39.6

71Empty the Tanks IV 1:42.7
edward jackson (H) 1:42.7

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Meeting a team mate in the USA

Knowing I would be on holiday in New York during the half term holiday I arranged to meet up with a fellow team mate Gordon F who lives in Connecticut, 50 minutes train ride out of Manhattan. Gordon is an old work colleague and University mate of Chris V's and has been a member of Empty the Tanks for a number of years.

On Saturday 22nd October Chris V, Karen V and myself set out on the New Hampshire track to Stamford where Gordon met us at the station and drove us to Greenwich where he lives. We had a great time chilling out with his family and were treated to a huge BBQ because the weather was lovely and warm.

Gordon keeps his C2 in the garage for work-outs but says when the weather gets a bit cooler he will move it into the basement. He is raring to go for the January Virtual Team Challenge 2012 already.

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Location:New York

Skeleton Crew 2011

I haven't had chance to blog recently because I am on holiday in New York City. Unfortunately the hotel I am staying in doesn't have a C2 or any type of erg so I won't be able to contribute to this year's Skeleton Crew competition. It is an individual challenge, row 31,000 metres between the 25th -31st October for a certificate and a mention on the honour board list.

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Location:New York

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Congratulations to Mark and Ric

Mark and Ric sure did Empty the Tanks at Grimsby Indoor Rowing Championships today.

Mark powered his way to a Gold medal in the mile (1609 metres) race and then went on to receive a Bronze medal in the 300 metres.

Ric smashed his Mile PB and took a podium place with a Silver medal - Impressive stuff from the ETT'ers!

Mark = 1,609m = 5:04.1 = Gold medal
Mark = 300m = 48.7 = Bronze medal
Ric = 1,609m = 5:12.6 = Silver medal

Follow the link to read more about Mark and Ric's Grimsby adventure on Mark's Rowing Blog.

FTC11 Final Day

It has been a loooooong competition and we have worked hard to maintain our twelfth place position over the past 31 days.

45 team mates signed up for the challenge and 42 team mates contributed metres towards the total of 6,291,411 metres - an average of 139,809 metres per person.

A big thank you to all team mates who have contributed metres for the FTC11.
26 team mates qualified for their team t-shirt by rowing over 100k during the competition:

1 Karri Tuyls 510,808
2 Andy Soyring 453,529
3 David Junta 348,482
4 Derek Kyme 341,000
5 Bill St.Louis 321,738
6 John Fewtrell 270,000
7 Eddie Ventress 267,880
8 hector m guerrero villa 220,660
9 Mark Bower 211,641
10 Richard Young 208,947
11 Darren Whetton 205,992
12 John Giles 204,114
13 Ian Clegg 202,072
14 David Bass 200,154
15 Caroline Joynson 200,036
16 Phil Venables 185,644
17 John Dunn 145,000
18 Karine Girod 140,219
19 Pieter Goes 139,520
20 Jean Curran 125,100
21 Steven Rimmer 120,000
22 joseph coda 118,309
23 Jim Moldenhauer 116,042
24 Mike Schnell 111,998
25 Edward Jackson 104,500
26 Andrew Hewitt 103,801
27 Karen Venables 90,148
28 Joe Donar 86,490
29 Kevin Ford 79,081
30 John Betts 75,420
31 Simon Coleman 75,331
32 Chris Venables 63,000
33 Duncan Murray 61,223
34 June Weintraub 42,743
35 Peter Clarke 34,000
36 Matthew Smith 33,750
37 Wayne Blaine 23,000
38 Yee-Ann Cho 18,239
39 Chris Gore 15,000
40 Andreas Englert 8,000
41 Bryon Rankin 6,800
42 Richard Gatward 2,000

Have a wonderfully relaxing Sunday everybody - you all deserve a rest.

Day 31 = 45 team mates = 12/307 teams = 6,291,411 metres = top 4%

Good Luck for Grimsby IRC

Mark and Ric are making their way to Grimsby this morning to compete in the 100m, 300m and the Mile (1,609 metres) races.
We all send our good thoughts to you both for a fantastic performance today. You have both been training hard for this event so all the best boys; Empty the Tanks!

Friday, 14 October 2011

FTC11 Day 30

It's nearly over. Six million metres into the competition and a pretty fantastic top 4% position in the 2011 Fall Rowing Challenge.
Only one more day of erging and we can all chill out on Sunday.

Come on ETT'ers its time to do what it say's on the tin - Empty the Tanks!

Day 30 = 45 team mates = 12/307 teams = 6,004,745 metres = top 4%

Thursday, 13 October 2011

FTC11 Day 29

Excellent work folks - we have clocked up nearly 5,800,000 metres in four weeks. With only two more rowing days left to make a difference we need to make every metre count!

Day 29 = 45 team mates = 12/307 teams = 5,794,755 metres = top 4%

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

FTC Day 28

After four weeks of indoor rowing there are only three more days of sliding back and forth on the C2 pushing with the thighs and giving it all you've got.

Day 28 = 45 team mates = 12/307 teams = 5,668,395 metres = top 4%

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

FTC11 Day 27

Only four more days left on the erg folks - are you looking forward to some quality time on the sofa or with family and friends? (notice the order there - rest before fun)
We have held fast to our twelfth place position for a number of days now - fingers crossed we stay here or move up into the top ten!?

Day 27 = 45 team mates = 12/307 teams = 5,475,343 metres = top 4%

Monday, 10 October 2011

Boat two floated in October CTC

David J, Matt S and Chris V have rowed the 500 metres CTC which means a few alterations in the boat positions and boat two floated in the points rankings. Nice work people!

15 pts
Empty the Tanks I 1:37.1
Mark Bower (H) 1:25.2
Richard Young (H) 1:28.7
Joe Donar (H) 1:29.3
Chris Venables (L) 1:41.9
Caroline Joynson (F) 2:00.4

8 pts
Empty the Tanks II 1:42.0
Matthew Smith (H) 1:33.7
David Junta (H) 1:35.1
John Giles (H) 1:36.6
Chris Benson (L) 1:42.9
Becky Walker (F) 2:02.0

34Empty the Tanks III 1:41.6
Ian Clegg (H) 1:39.6
edward jackson (H) 1:43.7

FTC Day 26

Most team mates have been putting in the time on the erg over the past few weeks to maintain our twelfth place position. A growing number of members have achieved the target of 100k so they can sport the rather stylish ETT t-shirts (the design will be a surprise).

Day 26 = 45 team mates = 12/307 teams = 5,208,574 metres = top 4%

Sunday, 9 October 2011

FTC11 Day 25

After 600 hours of the Fall Team Challenge we have accumulated over five million metres with 45 team mates (well 41 because four team mates haven't contributed any metres yet). Nice work everybody - we are doing very well indeed.

Only 144 more hours of the competition left..... we can do it!

Day 25 = 45 team mates = 12/307 teams = 5,072,635 metres = top 4%

Eat more complex carbohydrates, drink some coffee / energy drink and blast out your favourite tunes to motivate yourself in the final stretch of the FTC11.


Five team mates have already paid the £20 registration fee, signed up for the after party and got their training program ready to go for the 25th March 2012.
Mark, Ric, Chris V, Del and Caroline are raring to go.... who is going to join us in Nottingham for the British and European Indoor Rowing Championships?

October CTC

We are only one lightweight rower away from getting two boats floated in the points rankings.
The following team mates have rowed 500 metres for the challenge set by the Forum Flyers:

15 pts
Empty the Tanks I 1:37.3
Mark Bower (H) 1:25.2
Richard Young (H) 1:28.7
Joe Donar (H) 1:29.3
Chris Benson (L) 1:42.9
Caroline Joynson (F) 2:00.4

33Empty the Tanks II 1:45.4
John Giles (H) 1:36.6
Ian Clegg (H) 1:39.6
edward jackson (H) 1:43.7
Becky Walker (F) 2:02.0

Saturday, 8 October 2011

FTC11 Day 24

This week we keep yo-yo-ing between 11th and 12th position. We slipped down to 12th place this morning, but have just shot back up to 11th again!
After 24 days erging we have reached an impressive total of 4,885,735 metres - that's an average of over 200,000 metres a day from 45 team mates.
There has been some amazing feats of endurance from loads of team mates over the past three weeks and nearly half the team are now in the exclusive 100k t-shirt club. Keep rowing hard - there's only seven days left of the competition and we need to stay hold of eleventh place (or erg up to tenth).

Day 24 = 45 team mates = 11/306 = 4,885,735 metres = top 4%

Friday, 7 October 2011

FTC11 Day 23

Still in eleventh position in the FTC11, but by only 10,000 metres! Keep rowing hard team mates because we don't want UK Rowers to sneak past us again.
I was the first person in the Swedish gym this morning so had the choice of all the C2's. I had rowed over 6k before I saw another person in the gym. I worked up a decent appetite for my hearty breakfast of Swedish meatballs, sausages, eggs and salad. Very good stuff.

Day 23 - 45 team mates - 11/306 teams - 4,280,493 metres - top 4%

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Location:Putney, London

Thursday, 6 October 2011

FTC11 Day 22

Day 22 and we have rowed our way up to 11th place. Excellent work everybody.
I am blogging from my hotel room in Sweden which is really nice. I was very concerned about not being able to get access to an erg on this trip especially because as team captain I feel the need to contribute metres every day of the challenge. Luckily the hotel is affiliated with a Swedish gym chain called SATS and they had about 6 different PM2's to choose from - so I managed to put in a 10k row this evening.

Day 22 - 45 team mates - 11/306 teams - 4,492,950 metres - top 4%

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Location:Norrkoping, Sweden

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

FTC11 Day 21

Hello team mates. hope you are all staying fit and healthy during the Fall Team Challenge. Don't forget you are not alone erging away on your C2 there are 45 of us sweating and suffering for the glory of a top 12 position in this years competition.

As always keep up the great work people. Row strong.

Day 21 = 45 team mates = 12/305 teams = 4,278,844 metres = top 4%

I may not be able to update the blog tomorrow because I am on a school trip in Sweden until Friday. I know there is a gym in the hotel, let's hope there is a C2 in it!

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Location:Heathrow airport

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

FTC11 Day 20

Nearly three weeks into the competition and we have accumulated over four million metres.
We are still residing in 12th place out of 305 teams which is pretty good going for twenty continuous days of erging.
17 team mates have joined the 100k t-shirt club - who else will join them tomorrow?

Day 20 = 45 team mates = 12/305 = 4, 165,984 metres = top 4%

Monday, 3 October 2011

FTC11 Day 19

Great news. We have moved up one place in the team affiliation standings - this is the competition that runs for the whole season. We have moved from 12th to 13th place out of 1193 world-wide teams.Back to the FTC11. We have unfortunately slipped back into 12th place and are about 90,000 metres away from UK Rowers who are in 11th place. We are still performing well and as a team we are rowing between 150k - 200k each day.

We now have 16 members of the 100k t-shirt club with a couple more team mates in the nearly there club.

Day 19 = 45 team mates = 12/305 teams = 3,917,995 metres = top 4%

Sunday, 2 October 2011

FTC11 Day 18

Good news! Yesterday evening we moved up into 11th position which is fantastic. For the first time in the teams history of competing in team challenges we have a female rower in pole position. Big congratulations goes out to Karri who is the first to reach the impressive 300k mark. Well done.

Day 18 = 45 team mates = 11/305 teams = 3,752,535 metres = top 3%

As we move into the second half of the competition - keep your eye on a top ten slot and keep churning out the metres folks.

Row strong Empty the Tank'ers.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

FTC11 Day 17

Temperature records were broken today in London and across the UK as it has been hotter than Barcelona, Athens and Los Angeles at 29.9 degrees Celsius.

Its a shame we haven't beaten our own record of getting back into the top ten, although we are still in the top 4% of indoor rowing teams in the world!

Day 17 = 45 team mates = 12/305 teams = 3,612,203 metres = top 4%

As I am blogging I have just noticed we are only 1,400 metres behind UK Rowers - anybody up for an extra row today to try to sneak ahead?

The good news is we are still in second place when you narrow the field to virtual teams with 21-50 members.

Keep rowing team - only 14 more days left!

October CTC and Challenge Series

Its a new month and there are two more individual challenges to tackle:

The October Cross Team Challenge has been set by the Forum Flyers and its a short sharp 500 metres from a standing start.

The second event for the Challenge Series is One Mile (1,609 metres).

To get the best results make sure you warm up adequately before attempting these short distances.
Good luck everybody.