Thursday, 31 January 2013

JVTC 2013 Last day

What an epic month of erging team. Below is the current rankings within the team - it may change a bit over the next day or so if people upload this evening / today depending where in the world you live.

We are still in 16th place and are ranked in the top 5% out of 323 teams which is pretty impressive stuff when you compare the number of members the top ten teams have.

A total of 7,565,218 metres has been rowed over the past month!

Excellent work team, you all really dug deep and pulled out some impressive results. You all deserve a well earned rest.

What are you going to do with all the spare time you will gain?

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

JVTC 2013 Penultimate day

What a month! We have all worked really hard for the team and in doing so lots of you have achieved personal goals too.
Here are a few highlights that team mates have shared:

  • Beat has improved his endurance erging so much this month that he can row 15k in about 60 minutes with little sign of exhaustion. And he has dropped a trouser size too!
  • Dave P has been converted to the benefits of interval rowing and has achieved an impressive PB for the 4 minute row with 1210 metres. He has also really enjoyed rowing with the ETT'ers.
  • Joe S has had a flurry of PB's recently and will have also surpassed his monthly metres total during the JVTC. He has improved on the following ranking pieces; 500m = 1:29.4, 10k = 38:59.6 and rowed his best ever session during this months CTC. He has been inspired to enter the Motown Madness IRC at the Detroit boat club on the 9th Feb - Good luck Joe!
  • Mark is back on track with his fitness and has been pulling out some impressive metres to give Beat a run for his money!
  • Bouke flew from Belgium to Manchester to compete in the English IRC on Sunday and achieved a personal best time too (06:49.4). It was great to meet such a dedicated team mate!
I will blog a more detailed round up of personal contributions and highlights this weekend.

One more day to go and we would need to row over 600k to be able to reclaim 15th place again. 

I received a very nice e-mail message from the captain of New Haven Rowing Club who said how much their team enjoyed the friendly banter with the ETT'ers. He has also extended an open invitation to the team's rowing club in Conneticut, USA for us to try out on-water rowing. I might take him up on the offer later in the year... anybody want to join me?

JVTC 2013 Day 30 = 55 team mates = 16/323 teams = 7,241,187 metres = top 5%

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

JVTC 2013 Day 29

Wow we are nearly at the finish line with of the January Virtual Team Challenge only two more days to go.

We have reached the impressive milestone of 7 million metres. Excellent work ETT'ers we have really worked hard over the past four weeks.

Let's make the next two days count!

JVTC 2013 Day 29 = 55 team mates = 16/323 teams = 7,000,039 metres = top 5%

Share any PB's / interesting work outs / fascinating facts / personal stats with the team....

Monday, 28 January 2013

EIRC 2013 race data

Here is the data from the ETT race competitors yesterday. Its always a good thing to analyse your race splits to see if you could do anything differently next time.

Bouke had a very even stroke rate throughout his race and pulled in a classic negative split 2k - where you race at a much faster pace in the first split, maintain an easier pace for the second and third splits, then up the stroke rate again in the last 500 metres. An excellent race Bouke - just shows you why he received a 6th place position out of 23 competitors.

Caroline - Unlike my BIRC 2k where my stroke rate was pretty even throughout the whole 2k - yesterday's race was all over the place! I started too fast and then started to blow up - hence the 400 metres panic pull (or is that just a computer blip?) in the final stages of the race. All I can take from this race is aside from achieving my best ever time I need to focus on a more even race to avoid the last minute wobbles.

JVTC 2013 Day 28

Four weeks of erging and we are getting towards the end of the competition and we are still rowing strong.
Beat is back on the C2 and has reclaimed his top spot on the team, with Mark and Andy in 2nd and 3rd positions.

JVTC Day 28 = 55 team mates = 16/323 teams = 6,751,309 metres = top 5%

Sunday, 27 January 2013

JVTC 2013 Day 27

While I was competing at the EIRC today I received another message from the New Haven Rowing Club stating that they were not insecure about their position in the January Virtual Team Challenge but were looking forward to some friendly competition; they told us to row, row, row!

And that's exactly what we need to do folks - get on those rowing machines and make a difference. We only have four more days to go. We can do it team!

JVTC 2013 Day 27 = 55 team mates = 16/323 teams = 6,513,170 metres = top 5%

CIRC and EIRC 2013

It has been an eventful weekend for Empty the Tanks:

Firstly Matt B maintained his adaptive title with a Gold medal yesterday at the Cornish Indoor Rowing Championships and has completed another of his Decathlon challenges. Excellent work Matt!

Secondly Chris and I met Bouke at the English Indoor Rowing Championships. Bouke travelled from Belgium on Saturday then made his way to the Velodrome for his race on Sunday morning. Whereas, Chris and I  had a mad dash out of the house at 05:30am and got there just in time for my weigh in and a quick warm up. Chris decided not to race in the end because he is in the middle of a block of cycling training in preparation for a couple of events this spring.

I raced at 10:30 in the 40-49 lightweight category. At the EIRC you race with a mixture of different age groups and weight categories so it was difficult to eye up any potential rivals / competitors. The cox was very nice and asked if I wanted any encouragement - I told him I was aiming for somewhere around 08:30 with a pace of about 2:08 / 2:07.

The first 500 metres felt easy and I was happily maintaining a pace of 2:06 / 2:07. Despite having raced many times before it is amazing how your mind forgets that there is another 1500 metres and I realised a bit too late that I had to slow down a bit and bring my pace into line with my race plan.

The second and third splits were OK, I kept a reasonably even pace of about 2:08 / 2:09 as I neared the last 500 metres I kept seeing 2:10 appear on the monitor far too many times. I was beginning to think that I was going to completely lose it and the final 200 metres felt like torture. My final time was 08:34.4 which was only 3 seconds away from the PB I achieved at the BIRC 2012.

What cheered me up even more was a surprise silver medal. I only realised I was eligible when the compare called out the result of the bronze medal at 08:35.

Up next was Bouke (in blue t-shirt) who raced in the 50-59 heavyweight category. He looked strong and he maitianed an even pace for the first 1000 metres. During the last 500 metres he was giving it his all and said that the cox really encouraged him to pull out the final 200 metres to achieve his personal best time! Well done Bouke.

It was great to meet Bouke and also a few other familiar faces from the race circuit from other teams; including Eddie Fletcher a well known cycling / rowing coach and Chris Wheatley who we met last year at the WIRC (pictured below) who pulled in an impressive sub 7 row.

Overall we had a great day out and I hope to meet up with lots more team mates at the British Indoor Rowing Championships later in the year. I will keep you posted when they set a date.

EDIT - 28/01/13

did get a PB after checking last year's BIRC result (8:36.1 pace 2:09) I managed 08:34.4 at a pace of 2:08!

Saturday, 26 January 2013

JVTC 2013 Day 26

I received a cheeky e-mail from a member of New Haven Rowing Club today - they must be a bit insecure because we are so close behind. I think I'll save my reply when we overtake them in the final few days.

We need to row some extra metres over the next five days so we can claim 15th place again. Let's hope Bruce and Michael have some surprise metres that they will upload soon.

I have spent this evening getting ready for the EIRC so the 05:00am start on Sunday will go smoothly. After a steady row I have eaten lots of carbohydrates so I will sleep well and be fresh for my 10.30am race tomorrow morning. I am looking forward to meeting our fellow team mate Bouke from Belgium; I will blog all the details tomorrow evening.

The top team mates have put in an impressive amount of metres in the last 26 days. Breaking news - Mark B has rowed himself into the top slot, with Beat in 2nd and Preston in 3rd position.

1 Mark Bower 371,578
2 Beat Emch 331,192
3 Preston Zale 326,757
4 Andy Soyring 325,901
5 Leslie Fox 300,000
6 Rob Drury 293,094
7 John Syms 286,483
8 Richard Young 255,000
9 Dave Pongracz 202,178
10 Mike Bode 188,248
11 Bouke Dieleman 183,160

JVTC 2013 Day 26 = 55 team mates = 16/323 teams = 6,265,374 metres = top 5%

Friday, 25 January 2013

JVTC 2013 Day 25 and good luck to Matt B

Matthew Brewster will be competing in the Cornish Indoor Rowing Championships tomorrow to defend his 2012 Gold medal. This competition forms part of his self-created Para-Decathlon where he aims to raise money for the Children's Hospice South West.
On behalf of all Empty the Tank team mates we want to pass on our good vibes for a fantastic race!

We are only 20k behind New Haven club which leaves us in 16th place for the second day running. Boooo hisssss let's try and bridge the gap in the final week of the competition and reclaim 15th place. On a positive note we have reached 6 million metres today.

JVTC 2013 Day 25 = 55 team mates = 16/323 teams = 6,085,540 = top 5%

Thursday, 24 January 2013

JVTC 2013 Day 24

First I would like to say thank you for your kind messages of congratulations for receiving the Blogger Award - I really appreciate it and I am glad that you get motivated by my random blogs.

It will have to be short and sweet tonight because I have spent the evening at the theatre watching Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty - which was great.

Back to more important things - Attention ETT'ers New Haven are 60k ahead of us and have stolen our 15th place position! Man the ergs we need more metres uploaded.

JVTC 2013 Day 24 = 55 team mates = 16/323 teams = 5,778,310 metres = top 5%

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

JVTC 2013 Day 23

Day 23 and we have maintained our top 5% position for 18 consecutive days; and that's all down to the hard work you are all putting into this competition.

Fred R noticed that New Haven had sneaked past us in the rankings yesterday but thankfully we have re-gained our 15th place slot today - yahooo!

JVTC 2013 Day 23 = 55 team mates = 15/323 teams = 5,545,700 metres = top 5%

Blogger of the year award!

I received a very pleasant surprise today - I have been awarded a 'Blogger of the Year' award as part of the Rowperfect Rowing Blogger of the Year Awards. They contacted me via Facebook and sent a link to their site, this is what they said:

You can read the full article here:

They also sent me a winners badge to put on the sidebar of my blog.

Cool stuff - Thanks Rowperfect!

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

JVTC 2013 Day 22

Team Canada and TimbukTWO are still just ahead of us in the rankings on the 22nd day of competition. We have over 200k on the New Haven Rowing Club and nearly 100k on the amalgamated Sub 7 / Oarsome / Paddy Power team which is very encouraging news.

Keep rowing hard ETT'ers we have nine more days to make a difference.

JVTC 2013 Day 22 = 55 team mates = 15/323 teams = 5,312,045 metres = top 5%

What is keeping you motivated to get on the C2 everyday at the moment?

Other than the obvious fitness / health benefits I am (usually) always motivated to lead by example as Team Captain (although some days are easier than others).
My training doesn't always go to plan but I have had some great sessions recently. The impending EIRC on Sunday has meant I have focused on speed and strength intervals to improve my resilience and fitness over the past few months.
My weekly regime has included the following sessions:
  • 6 x 6 mins with 2 mins rest
  • 4 x 1000m with 5 mins rest
  • 2 x 15 mins with 5 mins rest
  • 6 x 500 metres with 2 mins rest
I have also created a full-on cheesy playlist on Spotify that consists of bad / good 80's & 90's dance / indie / rock which has helped me through the interval sessions.

Monday, 21 January 2013

JVTC 2013 Day 21

Wow, three weeks seem to have flown by despite the daily challenge of contributing metres for the January Virtual Team Challenge. Empty the Tanks members have worked extremely hard during the last twenty one days and we have reached 5 million metres today!

JVTC 2013 Day 21 = 55 team mates = 15/323 teams = 5,147,330 metres = top 5%

Sunday, 20 January 2013

JVTC 2013 Day 20

It has been snowing all day in central London and it has settled with about 3-4cm of snow on the ground.  Annoyingly I don't think this is quite enough to stop traffic / trains moving around the city tomorrow so it looks like it will be back to work on Monday morning.
I did a little snow dance for more flurries tonight so I could spend tomorrow planning lessons and creating resources etc.. (or catching up on sleep / housework).

What has the weather been like where you are?

Back to the JVTC - we are only 40k away from 5 million metres in 20 days. That works out at a collective upload of 250k a day - that is a 50k a day increase from our last team competition.

Team mate achievements and statistics:

  • 52 have contributed metres
  • 12 have rowed 50k+ and more
  • 16 are in the 100k+ club
  • Mark, Preston, Andy S, Ric, Rob D, John S and Leslie have rowed 200k+
  • Beat has contributed 300k+
Excellent work people.

JVTC 2013 Day 20 = 55 team mates = 15/323 teams = 4,972,559 metres = top 5%

Mark B's 11 million!

A big ETT congratulations goes out to Mark who has recently passed 11,000,000 lifetime metres. That is a lot of blistered hands, numb bums, aching thighs and burning lungs worth of erging. An excellent achievement Mark!

Mark - We will miss you at the EIRC next Sunday, please send your virtual good vibes because Chris and I have to admit our training has not been quite 'on track' over the past month or so. We are just going to give it our best shot.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

JVTC 2013 Day 19

We have been rowing away for nearly three weeks and we have racked up an impressive amount of metres in that time; over 4,700,000 metres!
Keep rowing hard folks.

JVTC 2013 Day 19 = 55 team mates = 15/323 teams = 4,745,362 metres = top 5%

EIRC 2013 Race Schedule

Three Empty the Tanks team mates will be travelling to Manchester for the English Indoor Rowing Championships next Sunday 27th January to compete for the first time (Bouke) and to defend Bronze medal positions (Caroline and Chris).

The race schedule is as follows:

10:30 Women's 40-49 Lightweight = Caroline
11:10 Men's 50-59 Heavyweight = Bouke
13:00 Men's 40-49 Lightweight = Chris

Friday, 18 January 2013

JVTC 2013 Day 18

We are powering away with 250k a day and have clocked up over 4,464,440 metres in 18 days. The top 20 team mates have all contributed over 100k. Notice the high hitters at the top of the team - nice work folks.

Chris and I spent the evening with fellow team mate Edward J who visited our new house in London. We chatted about erging and rival teams over steak and salad which was great fun.

JVTC 2013 Day 18 = 55 team mates = 15/323 teams = 4,464,440 metres = top 5%

Thursday, 17 January 2013

JVTC 2013 Days 16 & 17

Firstly I must apologise for the lack of post yesterday - I had to work late and didn't get a chance to update the blog - so back to the team.
We have made fantastic progress and hit the 4 million metres mark! 3 team mates are in the 200k club, 11 are in the 100k club and over 13 have rowed over 50k - very impressive stuff.

JVTC 2013 Day 17 = 55 team mates = 15/323 teams = 4,068,071 metres = top 5%

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

JVTC 2013 Day 15

Just a quick update today and the top ten positions have radically changed since earlier in the week - looks like these top ten places will be a battlefield in the last week of the challenge!
Keep up the amazing work folks.

1 Beat Emch 230,288
2 Richard Young 170,000
3 Rob Drury 161,345
4 Andy Soyring 161,167
5 John Syms 152,741
6 Mark Bower 150,154
7 Leslie Fox 140,000
8 Preston Zale 131,057
9 Bouke Dieleman 122,149
10 Dave Pongracz 105,854

JVTC 2013 Day 15 = 55 team mates = 15/321 teams = 3,602,363 metres = top 5%

Monday, 14 January 2013

JVTC 2013 Day 14

We are two weeks into the challenge and we are in the thick of it. We need to keep motoring on; churning away on those rowing machines and clocking up the metres.

The 100k club has increased to 14 members with Beat still the only 200k'er!

Keep on erging!

JVTC 2013 Day 14 = 55 team mates = 15/319 teams = 3,367,170 metres = top 5% 

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Matt B's Para-Decathlon 2013

Our very own Matt B has set himself an epic challenge in 2013 of a Para-Decathlon to raise money for the Children's Hospice South West.
He completed the first leg of his endurance events today.

I have copied the following list of challenges from Matt's Facebook page.

"1 - January Jaunt 10k race on January 13th, I will do this on crutches rather than my wheelchair as the terrain will be too dodgy and unsafe to get a chair around.
2- Defend my Adaptive title at the Cornish Indoor Rowing Champs on January 26th In Newquay
3 - The Concept 2 Indoor Rower March Madness challenge 5k-10k per day through March
4 - Plymouth Half Marathon Sunday April 29th - considering a request to challenge for a World Record if I use my crutches.
5 - Wheelchair Basketball solo challenge over 1hr at Pomphlett Primary School on June 22nd - (Guinness World Record attempt)
6 - Indoor Rowing Marathon - details to be confirmed in due course
7 - Swimming challenge - August - details to be confirmed in due course
8 & 9 - working on these two, thinking of an idea that could involve one of our local secondary schools
10 - Plymouth 10K road race in November in the ol chariot".

Pretty awesome stuff Matt! I am sure I can say on behalf of all the team we are behind you 100% and we wish you luck in defending your Adaptive title at the Cornish Indoor Rowing Championships on the 26th January!

Follow this link to offer your support:

JVTC 2013 Day 13

Beat is still rightfully leading the team and is the first to get in the 200k club - Nice work there!
We have Mark and Andy battling it out for 2nd and 3rd spots with 150k and 140k respectively.

Keep up the great work team mates we are nearing the two week mark and are close to the halfway point of the challenge.

The top 20 team mates have rowed over 60k and lots more each.

JVTC 2013 Day 13 = 55 team mates = 15/315 teams = 3,107,934 metres = top 5%

Saturday, 12 January 2013

JVTC 2013 Day 12

27 team mates have rowed over 50,000 metres each. Nice work ETT'ers!
Keep rowing hard folks : )

Beat is still the number one and in second place we have Mark who must have put a rocket pack on to catch up after his time off due to man-flu earlier in the competition. Ric is close behind with only 7k keeping him from the second spot.

JVTC 2013 Day 12 = 55 team mates = 15/315 teams = 2,920,970 metres = top 5%

Has anybody achieved any rowing PB's during this months challenge? Let me know and I can share it with the team! 

Friday, 11 January 2013

JVTC 2013 Day 11 and another new team mate - yahoo

Welcome to our newest member of the team who signed up today - Phil Yates, 48 from the UK has an interesting tip to share on his profile "Never eat anything that is bigger than your head" I think there must be a story behind this advice..... we need to hear it Phil.

We are still motoring away each day and have clocked up 2,652,252 metres so far. More ETT'ers have joined the 100k club with a few very close to the 200k club!

Here is a chart of all contributors to the JVTC over the past eleven days:

JVTC Day 11 = 54 team mates = 15/313 teams = 2,652,252 metres = top 5%

Thursday, 10 January 2013

JVTC 2013 Day 10

Congratulations to Ric who has hit 3 million lifetime metres!
ETT have rowed over 2 million during the last ten days thanks to the 52 team mates who have signed up to the challenge. Keep those flywheels spinning baby!

What music is motoring those engines at the moment?

I have created a bit of a 90's playlist on Spotify which has a number of dodgy house, rock and indie sounds on there. I'm talking Utah Saints, Nivarna, The Killers, Simple Minds and even EMF and Faith no More!

JVTC 2013 Day 10 = 52 team mates = 15/303 teams = 2,325,027 metres = top 5%

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

JVTC 2013 Day Nine

The top 20 team mates have all contributed 50k or more to our 2 million team totals!
Some ETT'ers have contributed lots more.
Well done to all team mates who have rowed during the challenge so far this year and keep up the hard work.

JVTC 2013 Day 9 = 51 team mates = 14/299 teams = 2,124,549 metres = top 5%

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

JVTC 2013 Day Eight

Three team mates have joined the exclusive 100k club. Leading the pack is Beat, followed close behind by Andy and Esa.

Collectively we have rowed over 1,800,000 metres in eight days which is impressive stuff. Keep up the great work folks and let's see us reach two million metres on Wednesday!

Usually found exercising on two wheels, Matt S (aka Smithy) contributed metres today after a hardcore 500m x 6 interval session alongside Chris V. 
Smithy last sat on a rowing machine in September 2012 so found the experience painful!

JVTC 2013 Day 8 = 52 team mates = 14/292 teams = 1, 889,194 metres = top 5%

Monday, 7 January 2013

Happy 4th Birthday to us!

Empty the Tanks is 4 years old this week.
Haaaaappy birthday to uuuusssss!

JVTC 2013 Day Seven Erging with the Big Boys

One week into the challenge and we have 51 ETT'ers signed up for the January Virtual Team Challenge. With this number of team mates it places us in the largest team rankings section of '51 or more members'. So we are playing against the 'Big Boys' now!

This is where we stand against the rest of the 'similar' sized teams:

At the moment we are the smallest team in this category - but we are holding our own!

I'd like to say a great big thank you to everybody who has signed up and contributed metres to this challenge so far. Keep on erging!

JVTC 2013 Day 7 = 51 team mates = 14/281 teams = 1,660,250 metres = top 5%

Sunday, 6 January 2013

JVTC 2013 Day Six and another new team mate

49 team mates have signed up for the January Team Challenge and we have clocked up nearly one and half million metres and worked our way a couple of places up the rankings - nice going people!

We have been joined by Fred R, 41 from the USA - Welcome to the team Fred! Now that looks like a beast of a machine you have in the photo there!

The top ten today are:

1 Beat Emch 106,288
2 Esa Lahnakoski 72,347
3 Bouke Dieleman 71,409
4 hector m guerrero villa 70,183
5 Andy Soyring 69,320
6 Norman Haas 64,792
7 Dave Pongracz 58,530
8 Kim Blankenship 57,302
9 John Syms 52,585
10 Todor Petrov 50,204

JVTC 2013 Day 6 = 49 team mates = 12/266 teams = 1,433,151 metres = top 5%

Has anybody got any rowing PB's they have achieved during the JVTC they would like to share with the rest of the team? 

Saturday, 5 January 2013

JVTC 2013 Day Five

Only five days into the challenge and we have shot past the one million metre mark already!

The top ten team mates are as follows:

1 Beat Emch 75,458
2 Esa Lahnakoski 72,347
3 Andy Soyring 69,320
4 hector m guerrero villa 60,124
5 Bouke Dieleman 59,261
6 Dave Pongracz 47,858
7 Richard Young 46,940
8 keith lewis 46,284
9 John Syms 42,585
10 Norman Haas 41,772

JVTC 2013 Day 5 = 47 team mates = 15/261 teams = 1,165,899 metres = top 6%

Jan CTC Boat two floated!

Woa-hooo! We have floated our second boat in the January Cross Team Challenge. The last time we had two boats in the points rankings was  in September 2012.

Thanks to Mike S (along with the rest of the CTC gang) who helped us in this great achievement!

3 pts
Empty the Tanks I4395m
Bouke Dieleman (H) 4649 metres
Beat Emch (H) 4571 metres
Norman Haas (H) 4514 metres
Chris Venables (L) 4502 metres
Karen Venables (F) 3769 metres

1 pt
Empty the Tanks II4018.8m
Joseph Smyntek (H) 4513 metres
Mike Schnell (H) 4183 metres
Rob Drury (L) 4450 metres
Phil Venables (L) 3272 metres
Caroline Joynson (F) 3676 metres

Jan CTC one more rower needed!

To float our second boat into the points rankings this month we just need one more rower to try the 17 minutes blast - you add 7 metres for every average stroke rate higher than 24.

Give it a go - it is fun ; )

The following team mates have all risen to the challenge only five days into January - must be those New Year's resolutions kicking in!

2 pts
Empty the Tanks I4395m
Bouke Dieleman (H) 4649 metres
Beat Emch (H) 4571 metres
Norman Haas (H) 4514 metres
Chris Venables (L) 4502 metres
Karen Venables (F) 3739 metres

24Empty the Tanks II3977.7m
Joseph Smyntek (H) 4513 metres
Rob Drury (L) 4450 metres
Phil Venables (L) 3272 metres
Caroline Joynson (F) 3676 metres

Friday, 4 January 2013

JVTC 2013 Day Four and a new female team mate!

We have been joined by a work colleague of Mark B's, Liz, 49 from the UK. Welcome to the team Liz and thanks for the metres you have already contributed!

Despite having extra team mates we have slipped down the rankings to 16th place but we are still in the top 6% of world-wide teams - never mind there is always tomorrow to make up the difference.

There are a number of new teams who are a little too close for comfort - look out for the following teams and let's see if we can send them tumbling down the rankings:

11. HAVK Mladost
14. PNRA/Mercer
15. The erging will continue until morale improves (what a catchy team name)

The good news is we are currently one slot above the Sub7, Oarsome and Paddy Power team!

JVTC 2013 Day 4 = 46 team mates = 834,377 metres = 16/242 teams = top 6%

Thursday, 3 January 2013

JVTC 2013 Day Three and another new team mate!

Another day and a whole new set of top ten team mates! Well done to Andy S, Hector, Keith and Craig who are keeping the competition alive with lots of metres.

1 Andy Soyring 45,641
2 hector m guerrero villa 40,097
3 Richard Young 31,378
4 keith lewis 31,194
5 Craig Waugh 31,192
6 Phil Nolan 27,724
7 Bouke Dieleman 26,123
8 Bill St.Louis 25,601
9 Dave Pongracz 22,761
10 John Syms 22,113

Including new team mate John S, 41 from the UK - welcome to the team John and thanks for the 22,000 metres that you brought to the team totals.

JVTC 2013 Day 3 = 43 team mates = 15/223 teams = 583,062 metres = top 6%

Jan CTC Boat One floated!

On the third day of the January Cross Team Challenge we have floated our first boat into the points rankings! That has got to be one of the fastest qualifying boat we have floated in recent months AND we are in the third slot in the rankings - great work people.

We still need more ladies to compete - maybe some of our regular team challenge rowers would like to mix up their erging over the next four weeks!?

2 pts
Empty the Tanks I4382.2m
Bouke Dieleman (H) 4649 metres
Beat Emch (H) 4571 metres
Joseph Smyntek (H) 4513 metres
Chris Venables (L) 4502 metres
Caroline Joynson (F) 3676 metres

11Empty the Tanks II4450m
Rob Drury (L) 4450 metres

To anybody who has tried this row - Have you any tips or advice for fellow team mates?

17 minutes with a bonus 7 metres for every stroke rate over 24spm.

My advice would be to break the row into 4 sections, (around 4 mins each) and row at a pace that you can sustain for each section, and then up the stroke rate higher at each subsequent section.

I tried this on my first attempt and averaged out at 27 spm (giving me a bonus of 21 metres). I tried another session today but blew up with only 10 minutes to go and put the oar down (Chris gave me a speedy pep talk and I got back to it) I didn't get a better time but on my second attempt my average stroke rate was at 28 spm (even with a bonus of 28 metres I didn't get a better result than my first attempt).

Wednesday, 2 January 2013


On the second day of the Cross Team Challenge, four team mates have already tried the rather creative 17 minute session with bonus 7 metres added for every stroke rate above 24.

 Well done to Beat, Joe and Rob who have put in a great effort for this challenge so early in the month giving you all time to improve on those entires if you want!

8Empty the Tanks I4302.5m
Beat Emch (H) 4571 metres
Joseph Smyntek (H) 4513 metres
Rob Drury (L) 4450 metres
Caroline Joynson (F) 3676 metres

JVTC 2013 Day Two and a new team mate

Things are hotting up in the competition stakes already and we have been bumped down into 11th place on day two.

The positive news is that even more ETT'ers have contributed metres today and we have been joined by a new team mate Dave P, 39 from Australia. Dave is a keen endurance athlete and so we can expect some good numbers from him over the next 30 days! Welcome to the team Dave.

Onto the statistics of the top ten team mates:

1 Craig Waugh 31,192
2 Norman Haas 21,288
3 keith lewis 21,128
4 Beat Emch 20,307
5 hector m guerrero villa 20,073
6 Todor Petrov 20,000
7 Phil Nolan 17,272
8 Caroline Joynson 15,108
9 Dave Pongracz 14,921
10 Rob Drury 12,962

JVTC 2013 Day 2 = 42 team mates = 11/183 teams = 356,762 metres = top 6%

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

EIRC entries 2013

Hey guys, you have until the 11th January to send your entry form in for the English Indoor Rowing Championships on Sunday 27th January 2013 at the Velodrome in Manchester.

So far the following team mates are competing:

  • Bouke is flying all the way from Belgium to compete!
  • Chris and Caroline are driving up from London
Anybody else want to join us?
We would love to see more Empty the Tank'ers at the event.

Follow this link for more information:

Jan CTC and Challenge Series

Start the year with this month's individual challenges:

January Cross Team Challenge

This has been set by Sub7 and it is and interesting mid length row that hits you in your threshold zone.

Row for 17 mins unrestricted. There is a 7 metre bonus for every spm over 24. To get the bonus you MUST set a single split of 17 minutes (no cheating).
24 strokes/min and under score no bonus.
Examples…….4000 metres in 17 minutes at 25 spm gives 4007 metres. 
4000 metres at 30 spm in 17 minutes gives 4042 metres.

Just multiply the number of strokes over 24 by 30 spm minus 24 spm is 6 spm and 6 multiplied by 7 is 42.

Challenge Series round Five
This is a straight forward 10,000 metre session. They have nick-named it the 'Gut-Buster' and it will also be a great chance to boost the team metres for the January Virtual Team Challenge too! 

JVTC 2013 Day One

Its the first day of the January Virtual Team Challenge and fifteen team mates have started the year as they mean to go on with fantastic contributions to the team total - thanks folks!

Norman is the at the top of the team with an impressive 21,000 metres with new team mate Craig close behind in slot two.

1 Norman Haas 21,288
2 Craig Waugh 15,571
3 Bill St.Louis 12,726
4 keith lewis 11,098
5 Bouke Dieleman 10,427
6 Andy Soyring 10,000
7 Todor Petrov 10,000
8 David Marlar 10,000
9 Victoria Balcheva 10,000
10 John Silverberg 9,328
11 Edward Jackson 7,500
12 Joseph Smyntek 6,603
13 Caroline Joynson 5,400
14 Jean Curran 5,000
15 Mike Schnell 5,000

We have rowed a total of 149,941 metres and are currently in 9th place out of 105 teams which places us in the top 8%.

JVTC 2013 Day 1 = 28 team mates = 9/105 teams = 149,941 metres = top 8%