Wednesday, 30 November 2011

December CTC and Challenge Series

The December Cross Team Challenge has been set by David Lloyd Gidea Park.
It's a downhill 5km = 2km, 1.5km, 1km, 500m with 1 minute rests.
No stroke rate restrictions. First rep from standing start.
Record time taken for the 5km do not include the 3 minutes of rest in total time.

Round 4 of the Challenge Series is also 5,000 metres distance, but must be completed without rests (i.e. you will not be able to enter your time from the CTC for the Challenge Series as well).

Sunday, 27 November 2011

January Virtual Team Challenge 2012

The JVTC12 is open for business.

Sign up for the gut-busting, Christmas-pudding blasting, turkey trimming indoor rowing challenge and start 2012 off in style (and sweat).

This will be the fourth time Empty the Tanks have participated in this event and we want to make it an historical occasion by beating our Fall Rowing Challenge position of 8th out of 280 teams. Are you with me folks?

The following members have already signed up:

Jane Wong
Ian Clegg
Caroline Joynson
Todor Petrov
Richard Young

Andy H's Charity Row

As part of the C2 holiday challenge Andy H has decided to raise money for Teach Africa who work in Nairobi slums to educate children.

If you would like to support Andy H in his 200k challenge follow the link to his fundraising page

All the best for your indoor rowing challenge Andy!

One million season metres

Congratulations to the following team mates who have recently clocked up one million metres during the 2011 - 2012 season. Excellent work guys!

Hector 1,383,649 metres
Andy S 1,038,389 metres
John F 1,010,00 metres

Thursday, 24 November 2011

C2 Holiday Challenge 2011

First of all I must apologise for the lack of blogging recently due to illness - I have been suffering from a serious chest and throat infection which lasted for just under two weeks. I completely lost my voice in the first few days which was frustrating for me and apparently bliss for Chris V (he won't elaborate any further on the matter).

Enough about me, back to the erging. Here is one for any ETT'ers who are missing a bit of motivation - the Holiday Challenge starts today.
  • Row and/or ski 100,000 meters or 200,000 metres from November 24 to 11:59 p.m. ET December 24.
  • You do not need to be on a team to participate! Log your individual metres.
  • Indoor rower and SkiErg metres only (no on water/on snow metres please). You can combine metres from each machine to reach the challenge goal.
  • Kid's Holiday Challenge allows kids (aged 16 and under) to participate at 50,000 metres.
  • Adaptive athletes can choose to participate at the 50k, 100k, or 200k levels.
  • Deadline for entering metres: January 4th, 2012.
To all our team mates in the USA
Happy Thanksgiving 2011

Sunday, 20 November 2011

More row the Nov CTC

We have a couple more people to congratulate for rowing this months Cross Team Challenge of 4 x 200m 1 minute rest. We just need a lightweight and female rower to complete boat two.

15 pts
Empty the Tanks I 2:38.1
Mark Bower (H) 2:16.8
Joe Donar (H) 2:19.7
Richard Young (H) 2:21.5
Chris Benson (L) 2:54.3
Caroline Joynson (F) 3:18.5

51Empty the Tanks II 2:32.2
David Junta (H) 2:27.1
Ian Clegg (H) 2:33.0
edward jackson (H) 2:36.6

Sunday, 13 November 2011

C2 greetings from Singapore

Matt S is enjoying a fantastic holiday in Singapore and couldn't resist making us all jealous by capturing this shot. The gym at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel is on the 55th floor and has this stunning view across the bay.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Another Gold for Mark

Mark not only achieved a personal best time by 3 seconds at Newark (2k 6:22.8) but was awarded a Gold medal too. All that training and hard work has really paid off Mark.
Congratulations on behalf of all Empty the Tanks team mates - the beers are on us.

Good Luck for Newark IRC

Mark has continued his C2 training plan from the Indoor Rowing Competition in Grimsby last month for the Newark IRC today.
I hope he managed to pull in a good time after all that hard work. I am looking forward to hearing about how he got on; visit Mark's Rowing blog for more in-depth commentary about his performance

Friday, 11 November 2011

Challenge Series random prize

I received this e-mail from C2 on Thursday:

"Congratulations, your name has been drawn at random as the winner of 2nd prize from Round 1 of this year’s Concept2 Challenge Series".

The prize is a £75 gift voucher that I can spend in the C2 shop - pretty good going!
If you keep rowing and participate in things then sometimes good things happen and having a bit of luck helps too.

What do you think I should get from the C2 shop?

Boat one floated in November CTC

Yahoo, nearly two weeks into the November Cross Team Challenge we have floated boat one into the points rankings.

13 pts
Empty the Tanks I 2:40.8
Mark Bower (H) 2:16.8
Richard Young (H) 2:21.5
Ian Clegg (H) 2:33.0
Chris Benson (L) 2:54.3
Caroline Joynson (F) 3:18.5

48Empty the Tanks II 2:36.6
edward jackson (H) 2:36.6

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Team mate meat up

We had planned to cycle around Richmond Park this weekend because Edward was visiting London - a Tour de Richmond Park par deux - but the weather was forecast to be a bit dull and drizzly. We scrapped the bike tour in favour of a hearty lunch at ETT head-quarters in Putney.

As it turned out the weather would have been OK for a bike ride but I don't think we were that bothered after Chris cooked up a fabulous feast of food.
On the menu was dry-aged sirloin steak, roasted goats cheese, spinach and rocket salad. The dessert was amazing; a Chris specialty of freshly baked chocolate cake made with Willie's organic artisan cocao .

It was great to see Edward again and it was a delightful way to spend the afternoon. If any other team mates visit London, please e-mail or leave a message on the blog and we can arrange to meet up.

On the subject of food and team mate gatherings I have a message from Andy S from Chicago, 'He says if any ETT'er are in his area he would love to show them the best rib joint in town'.

November CTC

Edward, Ian and myself have rowed the November CTC 4 x 200m with 1 min rest set by the Banana Boat team.

I quite enjoyed it which is unusual for me because I don't normally like short interval sessions. The one minute rest gives you just enough time to swig some water and then do some slow rowing (active rest) until the next interval. I posted 3:22.0 on Saturday and managed to shave 3.5 seconds off today with 3:18.5.

To float boat one into the points rankings we need two more team mates to tackle this cheeky little number .

37Empty the Tanks I 2:49.3
Ian Clegg (H) 2:33.0
edward jackson (H) 2:36.6
Caroline Joynson (L) 3:18.5

Friday, 4 November 2011

Last call for FTC11 t-shirt orders

Last week I e-mailed all team mates who contributed 100k+ to the Fall Team Challenge about ETT t-shirt sizes. Half of the qualifying team mates replied - I just need any last minute orders by next week so I can purchase the right sizes for you all.

I am hand screen-printing the t-shirts - so I will be a busy bee over the next few weeks. The following team mates will be sporting their ETT t-shirts just in time for the JVTC 2012.
  • Ric
  • David B
  • David J
  • Andy S
  • Jim M
  • Andy H
  • Karine
  • Joe C
  • Del
  • Pieter
  • Mark
  • Ian
  • Karri
  • Jean
  • John G
  • Darren
  • Edward