Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Skeleton Crew 2012

The following team mates managed to row 31,000 metres between the 25th and 31st of October, including our two new team members Esa and Bouke. Nice one guys and welcome to the team!

Andy SoyringChicago IL 
Empty the Tanks 
Joseph SmyntekRoyal Oak MI 
Empty the Tanks 
Teodora PetrovaIstanbul 
Empty the Tanks 
Todor PetrovIstanbul  
Empty the Tanks 
Esa LahnakoskiStouffville ON 
Empty the Tanks 
Edward JacksonExeter 
Empty the Tanks 
hector m guerrero villaEscobedo NL 
Empty the Tanks 
Bouke DielemanAntwerpen 
Empty the Tanks 
Victoria BalchevaIstanbul 
Empty the Tanks 

As team captain I have to apologise for my lack of metres in this challenge but I have been literally stuck in New York without access to a C2 rowing machine which has been very frustrating indeed. I resorted to another brutal interval session of stair repeats. 6 sets of 25 flights of stairs. My thighs are feeling rock hard right now!

A Happy Halloween with two new team mate treats!

Happy Halloween!

Congratulations to us! We have floated boat one into the October Cross Team Challenge. I was scared for a while there that we wouldn't make the ghoulish challenge of five or more team mates completing the interval session.

We also have two new people to welcome to the team.

Bouke from Belgium and Esa from Canada.

Empty the Tanks I11:13.1
Bouke Dieleman (H) 10:15.1
Joseph Smyntek (H) 10:54.8
edward jackson (H) 11:03.0
Rob Drury (L) 10:58.4
Caroline Joynson (F) 13:24.4

Empty the Tanks II11:51.4
Mike Schnell (L) 11:51.4

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

New York on Lock-down

After Hurricane Sandy (or should I say Tropical Storm Sandy) hit New York last night we were very lucky to escape the worst of the winds and flooding. Below mid town Manhattan where we are staying there's power cuts with many subway stations submerged under water. Ground zero construction site resembles a waterfall and Battery Park has been flooded.

When we ventured out today the majority of shops and restaurants are closed. We found one supermarket open on 56th St. so we stocked up on some food to take back to the hotel. No tourist sites, galleries or museums are open so we have had to keep ourselves occupied by surfing the net, reading, chatting and general chilling.

The NYSC gym was closed so we improvised a Cross Fit work out by starting in the hotel gym with a decent stretch session then stair repeats. These 'stair repeats' are not as innocent as they sound - it involved walking up 25 flights of stairs then taking the lift back down and starting again. We did 6 sets doing one set in an average time of 4:20. Needless to say we found this pretty hardcore and we were all very sweaty at the end of each set. Chris says we need to aim for 7 sets tomorrow if the gym is still closed. I think Karen and I might take the lift!

We are all hoping things get back to some sort of normal routine tomorrow.

Monday, 29 October 2012

New York Work Outs

As I mentioned a couple of posts ago Chris, Karen and I are in New York for the week and the hotel gym doesn't have an erg. This means we have to explore other gyms in mid-town Manhattan.

On Saturday we tried a trial pass for the Bally gym on 32nd and 7th which had a great selection of Olympic weights, kettle bells, body bars and a very generous stretching area which was great for a full strength and conditioning work out. Unfortunately the ergs in the Bally gym are really old and are not C2's and for some strange reason the rowing machines have been positioned on a slope so you are having to push against gravity as well as the flywheel - not good.

Sunday's gym adventure took us to the New York City Sports that the concierge at the hotel had set up for us. We got our gym clothing on and walked to 23rd and 8th only to be told that we couldn't join for 30 days as the hotel concierge had told us. After a trip back to the hotel and few lengthy conversations with the concierge we were eventually granted 30 day passes and legged it back to NYCS for a decent work out.

Luckily there are two C2 ergs at this gym (one PM3 and one PM2). We programmed in 6 x 500m with 30 seconds rest for the three of us so we took it in turns to do the interval sessions aiming to keep under our 2k pace for each session. After the erging we all did either kettle bells swings or used the leg presses or Olympic bars.

We have had two really good work-outs so far this holiday. We are set for another session at the NYCS today but with Hurricane Sandy due at lunchtime today I'm not sure the gym will even be open.
Last night the NYC subway was closed at 7pm, supermarkets and restaurants closed early and we got stuck in a queue of panic buyers in Wholefoods that wrapped around the whole store!

Heavyweights needed for Oct CTC

With only two days left of the October Cross Team Challenge I'm calling out for two heavyweight rowers to give this session a go. It's an interesting interval row that would be a good session for anybody who has started their 2k training.

Edward, Rob D and myself have entered times:
Empty the Tanks I11:48.6
edward jackson (H) 11:03.0
Rob Drury (L) 10:58.4
Caroline Joynson (F) 13:24.4

Come on heavyweight ETT'ers it's only 10-12 minutes of erging madness!

Sunday, 21 October 2012

2012 Skeleton Crew

The individual Skeleton Crew Challenge starts on Thursday 25th October until Wednesday 31st October. 

All you need to do to participate is row and upload 31,000 metres during the specified dates and you will be automatically entered into the competition. You will get your name on the honour board and get the opportunity to download a certificate.

Unfortunately, Chris, Karen and I may not complete the 2012 Skeleton Crew this year because we are on holiday in New York City for a week. The hotel gym doesn't have a C2 which makes it a bit difficult!
On a positive note, we are visiting fellow ETT team mate Gordon F in Connecticut on Saturday 27th Oct and he has a C2 in his garage, so we might end up doing intervals to boost our metres.

Enjoy this one folks - its a bit of fun and the last official individual C2 competition until the Holiday Challenge in December 2012.

2k Training Programme

I know its been a hard slog recently with the Fall Team Challenge still fresh in your minds, but if you are thinking about competing in any of the indoor rowing competitions that are coming up in the next few months you will need to get training.

I usually use the C2 interactive training programme which is available here:

Follow the instructions to create a daily work-out programme that will taper your training towards a great 2k time.

  • 7 weeks until the Welsh Indoor Rowing Championships on the 1st December 2012
  • 13 weeks until the Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships on the 20th January 2013
  • 14 weeks until the English Indoor Rowing Championships on the 27th January 2013
  • 14 weeks until the European Indoor Rowing Championships on the 26th/27th January 2013
  • 17 weeks until the World Indoor Rowing Championships on the 17th February 2013
I have printed out my own 2k programme and will enjoy crossing off the work-outs every day until competition time. Good luck with the training team mates!

Monday, 15 October 2012

FTC 2012 Final Day!

Its the last day of the competition and we have really pushed ourselves in the last few days.

We have maintained our 11th place position out of 187 world-wide teams and rowed 5,662,968 metres.

Here are the final results. I am sure they will slightly change over the next day or two whilst ETT'ers upload their remaining metres:

1 Beat Emch 530,375
2 Mark Bower 500,000
3 Rob Drury 355,491
4 Richard Young 321,800
5 Andy Soyring 250,060
6 Mike Bode 231,178
7 John Betts 200,584
8 Dan McCarthy 194,455
9 Phil Venables 192,500
10 Victoria Balcheva 163,675
11 Darren Whetton 158,009
12 Phil Nolan 156,704
13 John Dunn 154,210
14 Todor Petrov 153,703
15 hector m guerrero villa 150,750
16 Teodora Petrova 150,200
17 Chris Gore 150,152
18 Caroline Joynson 130,426
19 Karine Girod 130,083
20 Joseph Smyntek 127,606
21 Norman Haas 117,922
22 Jean Curran 113,000
23 Mike Schnell 105,069
24 Bruce Ansell 100,527
25 Andrew Hewitt 100,300
26 Bill St.Louis 96,927
27 Edward Jackson 94,000
28 Steven Rimmer 80,000
29 Matthew Brewster 70,574
30 Andrew Bainbridge 68,066
31 Jim Moldenhauer 51,595
32 Gem Gore 49,000
33 David Marlar 44,704
34 Peter Yeeles 42,871
35 Matthew Cocita 31,000
36 David Bass 21,044
37 Alexander Boeckx 20,000
38 Chris Venables 17,293
39 Matthew Smith 15,000
40 Simon Coleman 13,786
41 ALLAN HERON 10,000

Sunday, 14 October 2012

FTC 2012 Day 30

Its the penultimate day of the 2012 Fall Team Challenge. Its strange because it seems to have gone both quickly and slowly at the same time - yes I know it doesn't make sense!

I hope you have enjoyed the epic journey with the rest of the dedicated Empty the Tanks team mates. its been motivating knowing that another 40 people are erging away every day too!

All the best ETT'ers. Get some rest tonight and give it your all tomorrow!!

FTC 2012 Day 30 = 41 team mates = 11/187 teams = 5,424,037 metres

Saturday, 13 October 2012

FTC 2012 Day 29

Two days left of the 2012 Fall Team Challenge and we have kept a strong-hold onto 11th place. Keep erging folks!

FTC 2012 Day 29 = 41 team mates = 11/187 teams = 5,363,235 metres

Friday, 12 October 2012

FTC 2012 Day 28

Four weeks of erging and 11th place out of 187 teams is not bad going team. Keep up the hard work.

I didn't mention that on Wednesday morning I damaged my thumb rushing to get ready for work (its an embarrassing story - I got my thumb stuck in the back of my trainer whilst putting it on in a hurry so when I put my full weight onto my heel I heard a huge crack).

My thumb started to swell up really badly and by the time I got to work it was very swollen indeed. The school nurse suspected a broken bone! She told me to go to A&E to get it checked out. Two hours, two different investigations of my thumb and an X-ray later the doctor informed me it was just a bad sprain. Very lucky indeed.

I was having visions of having my thumb in plaster - I thought about how I could request for my hand to be set in a gripping position so I could keep rowing!

FTC 2012 Day 28 = 41 team mates = 11/187 teams = 5, 259,991 metres

Thursday, 11 October 2012

FTC 2012 Day 27

We have reached the epic milestone of five million metres and with only four days left to make a difference to the final standings we need to keep rowing hard ETT'ers.

FTC 2012 Day 27 = 41 team mates = 11/187 teams = 5,018,441 metres

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

FTC 2012 Day 26 - Sofa surfing anyone?

Jean and Chris G have joined the 100k club on the 26th day of competition - welcome aboard!

I hope the dreams and fantasies of your non-erging free time is helping you get through the pain and torture of the last few days of the FTC 2102.

Stay strong gang because we have only got five days left until we can return to more sedate sports. I think sofa surfing is too energetic let's stick to; sofa slobbing, internet surfing, tv tripping, bed crashing, food frenzies and pillow fighting. Now if these activities had world-wide rankings and monthly challenges I think we would definitely be in the top 1%!

FTC 2012 Day 26 = 41 team mates = 11/187 teams = 4, 853,446 metres

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

FTC 2012 Day 25

Its been a fine and sunny day today and the good vibe extends to our team total of 4,675,569 metres. When I looked at the team standings earlier this evening the total stood at a devilish 4,666,566 metres - I'm glad we have moved away from that beast of a number!

20 ETT members have erged over 100k during this Fall Team Challenge and the remaining team mates have also pulled in a decent amount of metres that have contributed to our top 6% position in the competition.

Well done to the following ETT'ers:

1 Beat Emch 400,217
2 Mark Bower 395,137
3 Rob Drury 253,837
4 Richard Young 246,136
5 Mike Bode 189,532
6 Dan McCarthy 188,197
7 Andy Soyring 179,714
8 Victoria Balcheva 163,675
9 Darren Whetton 158,009
10 Phil Venables 157,583
11 John Betts 156,936
12 Todor Petrov 144,695
13 Phil Nolan 142,915
14 Teodora Petrova 132,463
15 Karine Girod 130,083
16 John Dunn 118,855
17 Joseph Smyntek 109,145
18 Norman Haas 106,183
19 Caroline Joynson 103,755
20 Andrew Hewitt 100,300

Beat has battled his way to the top of the team again with 400k but Mark is very close behind with 395k and he is suffering from a cold too! Hope you get better soon....

Rob D and Ric are mano a mano in a tussle for 3rd and 4th place.
It's a daily battle between Mike B and Dan Mc (who is also not 100% in the health stakes at the moment - all the best for a safe recovery) for 5th and 6th place - who will win out in six days time?

Andy, Victoria, Darren, Phil and John B are all shuffling for the remaining top ten slots. Victoria is still safely the top performing female in ETT during this challenge - nice going Victoria!

FTC 2012 Day 25 = 41 team mates = 11/187 teams = 4,690,569 metres

Monday, 8 October 2012

FTC 2012 Day 24

Seven days left of competition and we have been erging away like maniacs for the past 24 days. We have accrued over 4,500,000 metres during the FTC which works out at a team average of about 200,000 metres each day. If we keep up this pace we should be looking at peaking at around 6,000,000 metres on the 15th October.

Keep on rowing team mates!

What are you looking forward to doing in your erg-free time after the 15th?

FTC 2012 Day 24 = 41 team mates = 11/187 teams = 4,517,811 metres

Sunday, 7 October 2012

FTC 2012 Day 23

Hope you all managed to enjoy some of the sunshine that popped out sporadically during the weekend. The season has definitely turned to autumn with darker mornings, intermittent showers and falling leaves. A good way to keep positive during these shorter days is to jump on the C2 and pull in some metres for the Fall Team Challenge.

We have held onto 11th place for over two weeks and look to keep in this spot if we continue erging 200k a day.

FTC 2012 Day 23 = 41 team mates= 11/187 teams = 4,325,698 metres

FTC Days 21 and 22

Firstly I must apologise for not blogging the results for Friday and Saturday - I didn't get a chance to get to my computer. Chris and I travelled to Brighton on Friday evening then went to an event at Fontwell Races on Saturday.

We had a great day out and were given several 'sure-thing' tips by various people. Despite the good advice I only won one race at the end of the day, having said that I wasn't gambling huge amounts of money (£3.00) for a win. On the last race I decided to go BIG and put £4 on a horse called Creepy. The jockey tipsters had said they were going on a long holiday on this horse, so I felt that it would be a winner. Sure enough on the last race of the day, Creepy stormed to the finish line with a confident win. We had a fun day out and I only lost £2 in total - which isn't too bad.

So its three weeks into the FTC and we have erged over 4 million metres between us and have maintained our 11th place position in the rankings. We don't want to gamble with our final position in eight days time, so keep up the excellent work team mates.

We have an impressive 14 team mates in the 100k club, two team mates in the 200k club and two in the 300k club!

FTC Day 22 = 41 team mates = 11/187 teams = 4,230,384 metres

Thursday, 4 October 2012

FTC 2012 Day 20

For the first time in ETT competition history every team mate who has signed up for a challenge has contributed metres to the team totals. Thanks to Alex B who rowed 5k today making him the 41st team mate to add metres for the FTC 2012.

15 team mates have contributed over 100k+ metres with Mark still in pole position with over 300k, Beat, Ric and Rob D in the 200k club followed closely by Dan Mc, Mike B, Darren, Andy, Victoria, Todor, Phil, John D, Teodora, Phil N and Karine.

Keep rowing hard ETT'ers, only 11 days left.......

FTC 2012 Day 20 = 41 team mates = 11/187 teams = 3,892,734 metres

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Crash B's 2013 date confirmed

This evening I checked the Official Crash B website otherwise known as the World Indoor Rowing Championships and the date has been confirmed for the 17th February 2013.

Chris and I are definitely going to make our fourth trip to Boston, USA and see how we get on with a 2k race at the Agganis Arena.

Does anybody want to join us?

Are there any US team mates who could make it to Boston to boost the ETT numbers?

Fellow US team mate Mike D volunteered at the Crash B's last year but didn't realise Chris and I were there - I hope we can meet up in February 2013!

FTC 2012 Day 19

13 team mates are in the 100k club, with Beat and Rob D in the exclusive 200k club and top team mate Mark in prime position with over 300k!!

1 Mark Bower 307,224
2 Beat Emch 242,202
3 Rob Drury 203,837
4 Richard Young 196,338
5 Dan McCarthy 178,142
6 Darren Whetton 148,009
7 Mike Bode 137,421
8 Andy Soyring 127,072
9 Victoria Balcheva 125,203
10 Todor Petrov 114,358
11 Phil Venables 113,811
12 John Dunn 108,855
13 Karine Girod 100,427

With nearly three weeks into the challenge we have collectively erged over 3,600,000 metres and got fitter, sweatier, firmer and happier along the way.
Keep up the excellent work team mates. We are past the halfway point in the competition leaving only 12 days of erging left!

Day 2012 Day 19 = 41 team mates = 11/187 teams = 3,644,090 metres

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

FTC 2012 Day 18

On the 18th day of competition we are still rowing strong and have stayed in 11th place out of 187 teams.

New team mate Rob D has mixed his training up by being the first ETT'er to row the October  Cross Team challenge. I am going to tackle this at weekend.... How was it Rob?

FTC 2012 Day 18 = 41 team mates = 11/187 teams = 3,488,394 metres

Monday, 1 October 2012

FTC 2012 Day 17

Had a late night at work so only a quick update today:

FTC 2012 Day 17 = 41 team mates = 11/187 teams = 3,382,106 metres

The October Cross Team Challenge is a rather unusual session entitled the 'speedbump' set by the Riverway team:
Row 500m/ 2 min break/ 500m/ 2 min break/ 1000m/ 2 min break/ 500m/ 2 min break/ 500m
  • Rating restriction - none.
  • Drag factor MUST be:  Male 120 & Female 110. No changes permitted.
  • Standing start (stopped flywheel) for first and static (0:00 clock, not rolling) starts for the rest
  • Objective - record the total time for the full 3000m without including the rest breaks
Round two of the C2 Challenge Series is:

  • One mile (1609 metres)