Friday, 31 August 2012


A big cheer goes out to Peter and Dan who were the only ETT'ers who tackled the individual challenge that was 'The Dog Days of Summer!'
Peter YeelesGraham WA USA Empty the Tanks 151255 
Dan McCarthyPortland OR USA Empty the Tanks 407551 

What did they do you may ask? They rowed the amounts stated below over the month of August:

  • Week 1, Aug. 1–7: 20,000 meters
  • Week 2, Aug. 8–14: 30,000 meters
  • Week 3, Aug. 15–21: 40,000 meters
  • Week 4, Aug. 22–28: 50,000 meters

Nice job there guys - you will be primed for the next team challenge on the 15th September!

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

September CTC and Challenge Series

Next months Cross Team Challenge has been set by Rote87.
It is a short sharp interval session:

3 x 300 metres with 3 minutes rest
First interval from a stopped flywheel, the remaining two intervals can be from rolling starts.

To clarify it is two rests of 3 minutes - your workout should be:
Row 300m, rest 3 mins, row 300m, rest 3 mins, row 300m > upload results of the time it took you to row all 3 sessions of 300 metres NOT including the rest times.

The new season Challenge Series also starts in September.
Round one is the classic 4 minute O'Neill test.

Have fun!

Monday, 27 August 2012

Fall Team Challenge 2012

The Fall Team Challenge starts on the 15th September until 15th October and it's easy to sign up.
Log on to your on-line logbook and go to the 'Team' tab and click the highlighted challenge to join.

I have to admit I forgot to remind you all about the August individual challenge the 'Dog Days of Summer' follow this link to read all about it

There's also another individual challenge, the Pararowlympics,  that runs from the 29th August - 9th September to celebrate the Paralympics 2012, follow this link to find out the details

For those of you in the UK, I hope you all had a great Bank Holiday!

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Boat one floated in Aug CTC

Excellent news team mates, we have floated the first boat into the August Cross Team Challenge thanks to Mark and John. With 17 more days in the month let's aim to get another boat floated soon.

What did you think of the waterfall challenge folks?

If you haven't already given it a go - it's quite good fun and you don't get wet (apart from the sweat of course)!

6 pts
Empty the Tanks I11:07.4
Mark Bower (H) 10.07.2
Richard Young (H) 10.11.0
John Giles (H) 10.49.9
Chris Venables (L) 10.57.1
Caroline Joynson (F) 13.32.0

Monday, 13 August 2012

Rowlympics 2012 final medal tally

Here are the results I know you have all been so eager to find out.....

USA = 1 Gold Medal = 3 Bronze Medals
GBR = 1 Silver Medal = 3 Bronze Medals
MEX = 1 Gold Medal
FRA = 1 Bronze Medal

Congratulations to all ETT athletes who took part in the Rowlympics 2012.
See you in Rio 2016!

Phil Venablescheshire uk GBR Empty the Tanks 7 hrs 4 mins 60 secs
Bill St.LouisEdwards CA USA Empty the Tanks 8 hrs 3 mins 21.2 secs
Andy SoyringChicago IL USA Empty the Tanks 5 hrs 6 mins 8.1 secs
Paul RedmanWarrington  GBR Empty the Tanks 10 hrs 3 mins 58.7 secs
Jim MoldenhauerEau Claire WI USA Empty the Tanks 7 hrs 30 mins 8.5 secs
Dan McCarthyPortland OR USA Empty the Tanks 20 hrs 25 mins 56.2 secs
Caroline JoynsonLondon  GBR Empty the Tanks 7 hrs 30 mins 14.1 secs
Andrew HewittNorth Yorkshire  GBR Empty the Tanks 5 hrs 3 mins 3 secs
hector m guerrero villaEscobedo NL MEX Empty the Tanks 15 hrs 4 mins 50.4 secs
Karine GirodJarnioux  FRA Empty the Tanks 8 hrs 31 mins 34.1 secs

Sunday, 12 August 2012

August CTC

Ric was the first out of the blocks with his impressive 10.11 minute set, then two more ETT'ers were inspired by the amazing feats of Ric (and the Olympic athletes) and have rowed this months Cross Team Challenge.
It was chosen by the C2 UK forum and is an interesting interval session of 1500m, 800m, 400m, 200m, 100m with 2 minutes rest between each set.
Upload the time it takes for the 3000 metres excluding rest times.

26Empty the Tanks I11:33.3
Richard Young (H) 10.11.0
Chris Venables (L) 10.57.1
Caroline Joynson (F) 13.32.0

Two heavyweight's needed to float Boat one into the rankings.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Rowlympics medals

Congratulations to the eight dedicated ETT athletes who have gained virtual medals in the C2 Rowlympics.
To qualify for medals you need to row set amounts between the 27th July - 12th August.

Gold = 15 hours
Silver = 10 hours
Bronze = 5 hours
Dan McCarthyPortland OR USA Empty the Tanks 17 hrs 42 mins 51.1 secs

hector m guerrero villaEscobedo NL MEX Empty the Tanks 12 hrs 11 mins 33.6 secs

Phil Venablescheshire uk GBR Empty the Tanks 5 hrs 4 mins 60 secs
Bill St.LouisEdwards CA USA Empty the Tanks 6 hrs 59 mins 21.2 secs
Paul RedmanWarrington GBR Empty the Tanks 7 hrs 22 mins 23.2 secs
Jim MoldenhauerEau Claire WI USA Empty the Tanks 5 hrs 4 mins 60 secs
Caroline JoynsonLondon GBR Empty the Tanks 5 hrs 52 mins 11 secs
Karine GirodJarnioux FRA Empty the Tanks 8 hrs 31 mins 34.1 secs

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Hockey at the Olympic Park

A friend had a spare ticket to the Men's Hockey on Tuesday night at the Riverside stadium in the Olympic Park so I jumped at the chance to go. We were lucky enough to get to see Team GB v Spain and New Zealand v Germany.
It was a qualifying match and Team GB got through to the semi finals with a draw of 2-2 and New Zealand smashed Germany 4-2. The atmosphere was excellent even though it was raining off and on throughout the match, I think we were the most enthusiastic supporters in the stadium and the surrounding fans soon got into the spirit of things with a few songs and cheers.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Golden Olympic rowing for Team GB

Chris and I met up with fellow team mate Edward Jackson (the fastest ETT'er in the 6k July CTC) in Putney this morning to have a catch-up, a bite to eat and watch Team GB in the rowing events.

We found a big screen at the Duke's Head pub on the River Thames and watched the men's four, the lightweight women's double and finally the lightweight men's double. The pub was very quiet - in fact at 11:30 it wasn't officially open, yet they kindly let us in and put the plasma and sound on so we could watch the races. We had the place to ourselves for about 45 minutes until other locals turned up  to create more of an atmosphere.

The races were brilliant! The men's four lead the race from the start. Andy Triggs Hodge, Pete Reed, Andy Gregory and Tom James finished the 2,000 metres in style with Gold.

Next was the lightweight women's double with Sophie Hoskins and Kat Copeland who annihilated the competition right from the start and comfortably secured their first place position.

Lastly we saw the lightweight men's double with Zak Purchase and Mark Hunter. They had an unlucky start with a faulty seat In the first 100 metres of the race which caused a re-start. In the second round of the race Purchase and Hunter stormed through the first 1000 metres in first place, unfortunately with only 150 metres left of the race Denmark went into turbo drive and stormed past Team GB forcing them into second place.

Overall three fantastic races with two Gold medals and one Silver medal for Team GB and also great company from Edward J too!

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

ETT Rowlympics Bronze Medals

Three ETT team mates have received a virtual Bronze medal in the 2012 Rowlympics:

Dan McCarthyPortland OR USA Empty the Tanks 7 hrs 56 mins 49.7 secs
hector m guerrero villaEscobedo NL MEX Empty the Tanks 5 hrs 4 mins 33.6 secs
Karine GirodJarnioux FRA Empty the Tanks 5 hrs 5 mins 43.4 secs

See how your country is doing by following this link:

Gold medals!

For those of you who have been following the London 2012 Olympics, Team GB pulled in some impressive sporting achievements today - akin to the daily toil of our own ETT team mates. This should inspire us to train harder and achieve our own PB's during the 2013 indoor rowing season - Come on Team ETT, you can do it!

Rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning won Team GB's first Gold medal of the London 2012 Olympics with a time of 7:27.13 for 2,000 metres - Talk about fast! They are the first female rowers to be awarded a medal in Olympic history.

On Saturday, Chris and I saw the cycling road race for a milli-second when it blazed through Putney High Street. Unfortunately we didn't get to see the awesome work of Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome at Hampton Court today who cycled into Gold and Bronze medals respectively.

Cross Team Challenge

We floated one boat thanks to the following ETT athletes who made the Olympian effort to row a 6k for the July Cross Team Challenge:

6 pts
Empty the Tanks I26:40.7
edward jackson (H) 24:39.2
hector m guerrero villa (H) 25:09.0
Jim Moldenhauer (H) 28:18.6
Mike Schnell (L) 25:43.5
Caroline Joynson (F) 29:33.5

The August Cross Team Challenge has been set by the UK C2 Forum.

It's a waterfall workout with 2 minutes rest between every repetition.

Row 1500m, 800m, 400m, 200m and 100m from a static start for the 1500m.

Second and subsequent reps MUST be from a standing start. 

There are no rate restrictions.

Record your total time for 3000m (do not include the rest time).