Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year ETT'ers!

Hope you all had a wonderful 2014. Have some fantastic New Year's Eve celebrations and I'll join you all on the erg tomorrow for the Virtual Team Challenge 2015!

We managed to get our first boat floated in the points rankings on the final day of the December CTC. Nice work Ken, Jonathan, Bill and Rob!

18 pts
Empty the Tanks I3:43.8
Kenneth Murdoch (H)
Jonathan Turns ETT (H)
Bill_Schmidt (L)
Rob Drury (L)
Caroline Joynson (F)

The January CTC has been set by the french Indoor Rowing Team (FIRT) called the French Quarter:

Row 5 x 3min, with a total rest of 6min maximum, spread any way you like.

Standing start on first rep, rolling or standing for the other ones (your choice)

Record the total distance rowed for 15minutes, excluding the rest meters.

The February CTC has been set by Tribesports:

A simple, unrestricted twenty minute row from a standing start. Record your best distance.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Virtual Team Challenge 2015

Row off your excess festive indulgences on the 1st January 2015 and start the year as you mean to go on - keeping fit and taking part in team events such as the Virtual Team Challenge.
If you haven't already signed up for this challenge follow the step-by-step guide to joining a team event on the tabs above.

The following team mates have already signed up for the challenge. Bring it on ETT!

2Mark BowerM370
3Leslie FoxM650
4John DigweedM480
5Dave PongraczM410
6Steve ColesM470
7Norman HaasM580
8Caroline JoynsonF420
9Jean CurranF610
10Tim WilliamsM440
11Rob DruryM670
12Todor PetrovM470
13xavier harduinM460
14Joseph SmyntekM340
15Wayne HollinsheadM490
16Kenneth MurdochM450
17Jeff KueckerM460
18Lisa KueckerF480
19Neil RyanM470
20Matthias RauschM370

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Holiday Challenge and a very Merry Christmas!

Hey folks, its Christmas Eve and for those of you who celebrate Christmas I wish you a wonderful time with loved ones.
If you have been erging away for the Holiday Challenge it is now the final day so you can enjoy some well deserved rest tomorrow (if you are not in the kitchen creating a feast of food for your family).

Rest up for a week and reserve your energy for the Virtual Team Challenge that starts on the 1st January 2015. If you need to burn off some Christmas Pudding there is also a week left to contribute to the Cross Team Challenge - only four team mates have entered so far - Thanks Ken, Rob, Jonathan and Bill).

The following team mates achieved the Holiday Challenge! Well done to you all!

Steve Coles Bude  GBR  317,819
Joseph Smyntek Buffalo  USA  291,300
Kenneth Murdoch Epsom  GBR  262,734
Bill Schmidt Cornelius  USA  232,191
Andy Soyring Chicago  USA  225,711
Mark Bower Doncaster  GBR  200,483
ALLAN HERON Warrington  GBR  198,659
Rob Drury Maidstone  GBR  188,673
Lisa Kuecker Rancho Santa Margarita  USA  183,719
Norman Haas Overland Park  USA  152,912
Dave Roberts Nottingham  GBR  121,907
Jo Moseley North Yorkshire  GBR  110,130
John Digweed Santiago  CHL  105,658
hector m guerrero villa Escobedo  MEX  100,994
Rainer Saad Tallinn  EST  100,617
Jean Curran San Francisco  USA  100,175
Jan Van Der Horst Waterlooville  GBR  100,000
Caroline Joynson London  GBR  100,000
Leslie Fox Darlington  GBR  100,000

Other amazing achievements come from our hard-working Estonian team mate Rainer and Yorkshire lass Jo.

Rainer won a silver medal from Estonian IRC 1000m with a new personal record 3:05,0. 
He explained it was severe race, but he managed to hold his speed till the end of the race.
He feels like half of my lung is probably missing (we hope it has healed up now!!). Competing has given Rainer more confidence before World Record Project that begins in 5th of January. Wish Rainer luck!

As writing this Jo will have completed her Million metre / Marathon challenge. We hope she is resting up and enjoying some time with her family. Well done Jo!

All I have left to post today is to wish you all a lovely holiday and break with family and friends. I have really enjoyed being your team captain this year and am gearing up for a great team competition in January. See you in 2015!

Monday, 8 December 2014

Holiday Challenge 2014

Joe S has invited ETT'ers to get involved in some extra fund-raising.

Joe has decided that raising money via the Concept 2 website is not enough for this year's Concept2 Holiday Challenge.

He has set his own personal challenge that for every kilometre rowed he is going to donate .50 cents to his local food bank (The Food Bank of Western New York). 

He his aspiring to reach 300k (although admits that with holiday travel, and overtime, it will be tough to hit). He has achieved at 86k one week in though.

He wanted me to promote his idea and maybe some ETT'ers would like to join in to help out with hunger in your own local area.

Joe wishes you Happy Holidays good rowing to all of you this season!

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

December CTC

Can you believe it's the first week in December already?
I forgot to post this yesterday...

The December Cross Team Challenge:

Dec 2014 - The AWL Octagon Challenge
This challenge was chosen by Age Without Limits.
Dec 2014 - The AWL Octagon Challenge
This challenge was chosen by Age Without Limits.
It's a set of eight 135 metre intervals with one minute rest.
First interval from a standing start, the rest rolling or static
There are no stroke rate restrictions 
Record your total time (not including the rests) for 1080m. a set of eight 135 metre intervals with one minute rest.
First interval from a standing start, the rest rolling or static
There are no stroke rate restrictions 
Record your total time (not including the rests) for 1080m.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Jo's PB HM

Jo completed her half-marathon challenge on Saturday in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. She achieved a personal best time by 30 seconds erging the 21,097 metres in 1:52:25.7 at an average pace of 2:39.9.
Excellent stuff Jo! Those metres will count towards the Holiday Challenge too!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving to our USA team mates

Hey USA ETT'ers. Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving.

Now to burn off all that turkey, vegetables, cornbread and pumpkin pie get on the erg to start the Holiday Challenge 2014!

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Congratulations goes out to two hard-erging ETT'ers

Two team mates have exciting erging achievements to celebrate this week.

Let's start with Jo who, as you know been indoor rowing for the past year to raise money for Macmillan Cancer.
Jo reached her milestone of one million metres this week and will erg on in style with a half-marathon in Ilkley, West Yorkshire on Saturday 27th November and a full marathon on December.
Jo Go! Well done from behalf of all ETT'ers!

The next bit of fantastic news comes all the way from Estonia - you've guessed it - Rainer has been busy again setting erging records in his first ever 6k race.
He won a silver medal at the Estonian indoor rowing championship. His distance was 6000m with a time of 21:43.1 in the men's 27-44 age category.  Excellent work Rainer. I had better update the team achievements log on the blog!

Don't forget team mates that the Holiday Challenge is upon us soon.
Row or ski 100,000 metres or 200,000 metres during the 27th November (Thanksgiving for those USA team mates) until the 24th December (Christmas Eve for those who celebrate it).

More information can be found on the C2 website here:

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Jo's one million metres for Macmillian

I had a touching e-mail from our fellow team mate Jo last week about the million metre challenge she has nearly completed but needs a little bit more support and encouragement to reach the final stages.

She is raising money and awareness for Macmillian Cancer in memory of her mum who died last year and for her dad who is doing well but has battled a number of different cancers too. I know how important it is to support any cancer charity after losing my dad to Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in January this year.

Jo started the million on 5/5/14 (her parent's wedding anniversary) and will finish it this month. She is currently on around 920,000 metres.

She is going to row a half marathon outside on a bandstand in the middle of Ilkey town in West Yorkshire on 29/11/14 & a full marathon on 21/12/14 (the first anniversary of her Mum's death). If you are in the area I am sure Jo would absolutely love your support!

Jo explained that is has captured people's imagination in the press & Twitter, and has already passed her original £4219.50 target . She has raised £6500 so far which is very impressive!

If you would like to post some words of encouragement pop some words on the team blog.
You can donate money to Jo's Justgiving page here:

Good luck Jo. Your mum would have been very proud of you!

Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween and Oct CTC update

Happy Halloween ETT'ers.
I used to be a werewolf but I'm alright noooooowwwwwwwhh!!!! It's my favourite seasonal joke!

We have one boat floated in this months scary Rugby test with a sting Cross Team Challenge. We had some awesome entries from Ken, Jonathan, Mark, Rob and Karyn in boat one. I am a bit lonely in boat two that didn't make it into the rankings. Better luck for the November CTC!?

13 pts
Empty the Tanks I12:50.0
Kenneth Murdoch (H)
Jonathan Turns ETT (H)
Mark Kaehler (H)
Rob Drury (L)
Karyn McNamara (F)
91Empty the Tanks II15:23.2
Caroline Joynson (L)
The November (or should it be re-named Rowvember) Challenge has been set by Sub 7 and its the rather complex sessions as follows:

The Sub 7 Triple 7 Up or Down Ladder: November CTC

777m - 666m - 555m - 444m - 333m - 222m - 111m / 2 minutes rest between all reps. 

First rep from a standing start. Subsequent reps can be from either a standing or rolling start.

This can be done as a continuous 3108m row for the folks that don't like intervals. 

We want to allow the option of working up the ladder from the bottom. So, essentially, the session can be a choice between the one we've proposed 


111m/222m/333m/444m/555m/666m/777m - 2 min rest between all reps.

It gives folks the choice of which end they start from, and hopefully makes it interesting!?

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

FTC 2014 Final day!

You have until the 18th to upload any remaining metres..... but we are currently in 10th position with over 9 million metres which is extremely impressive stuff! Excellent work team mates.

I will do a full write up at the weekend. In the meantime enjoy some well deserved rest... not too much for those ETT'ers who are contemplating the BIRC in February. I will discuss training programmes next week.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

FTC 2014 Day 27

Wow. This competition is hotting up. With only four more days to play we are still in the top ten and are very close to Team NAS Pensacola (we have battled with these guys before) with only 700k in it. when you consider that they have 636 team members against our 46 team mates we are doing pretty good!

We are still holding onto second place in the virtual teams with 21-50 members!

Have you got any FTC firsts to share?
Have you rowed more metres than ever before / hit a new goal / improved on a distance or timed piece? If so I would love to hear from you so I can share the news with fellow team mates.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

BIRC is back!

It’s back with a new name and at a first class venue!
British Rowing have recently announced that the inaugural British Rowing Indoor Championships will take place on the 8th February 2015 and will be staged at one of the most iconic venues of the London 2012 Olympics – The Olympic Velodrome.

The British Rowing Indoor Championships at Lee Valley VeloPark, the new name for the Olympic Velodrome, will be staged and managed by British Rowing for the first time.
If you would like to be among the first to receive news of plans for the British Rowing Indoor Championships including how to enter, please sign up here!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

FTC 2014 Day 23

We are moving towards the final straight of the competition and we have made excellent progress during this year's Fall Team Challenge.

We are still in the top ten out of 290 world-wide teams.

We are in second place in virtual teams with 21-50 members which is brilliant stuff!

If you have been wondering where our very own Estonian Erg master Rainer has been during this competition he e-mailed me to let me know what he has been up to:

He has been rowing with his erg-mate Rait and are attempting to erg a new one million metres tandem world record in January 2015. 

They have a Facebook page so check it out to find out more information:

They are hoping to achieve two world records during this event; 
  • the one million metre tandem 
  • the longest continual tandem row 

Rainer says that "Some people say we are crazy; but life is too short and there is no reason not to try extraordinary things :)"

Hear, hear Rainer and good luck on behalf of all ETT'ers!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

FTC 2014 Day 17

We are holding on strong to our top ten position with over 5 million metres in the bank!

Keep up the fantastic work team. We are nearing the half-way point of the challenge so erg hard and erg strong.

Monday, 29 September 2014

FTC 2014 Update

Wahoooo. We are still in 9th place and we are rocking it in the top ten!

Great stuff folks and I will officially back in the erg game now that my MA dissertation has been submitted! I am soooooo happy about it ; ) Just got to hope I pass!

Enough about boring stuff - back to the FTC.
Here is our current position out of 286 teams:

Our standings between virtual teams that have 21 - 50 members is:

Keep up the fantastic work folks.

Have you achieved any PB's of feats of endurance during this FTC?

Jean C submitted a brilliant time for the current CTC session of 7,684 metres - the longest row she has done since taking a break from erging due to illness - Fantastic work there Jean and glad to have you back with us!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

FTC 2014 Day Nine

Wowzers! If you compare ETT with similar sized virtual teams (21-50 members) we are in 2nd place!

Keep up the great work guys (and girls!).

Sunday, 21 September 2014

FTC 2014 Week One

We have stayed in the top ten during the first week of competition and have collectively rowed over two million metres!
Keep up the epic work ETT'ers.

Has anybody achieved any PB's over the past few days?

It looks like Dave H is heading for half a million metres in the next few days!
Fred and Darren have already joined the 100k club followed closely by Jeff K, Ken, Bill, Rob D, Neil and Wayne.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

FTC 2014 Day Two

David H has erged 100k+ already - amazing stuff!
Keep on rowing ETT'ers.
We are still in the top ten and have moved to 9th position.

Monday, 15 September 2014

FTC 2014 Day One

We have started the challenge with gusto, at the time of blogging we are in 8th position and have already clocked up 170,000 metres ; )

Only 13 team mates have uploaded their work-out so I am sure we will have a lot more metres to add the the current total by the end of the day.

Keep up the great work folks x

Sunday, 14 September 2014

FTC starts tomorrow!

Hey ETT'ers are you ready for the Fall Team Challenge tomorrow?

Our aim for this competition is to reach a top ten position by the 15th October and to achieve this we need to average 200k+ daily metres. I am fully confident that we can do this team!

Have you any personal goals you want to achieve by the end of the competition? 

Blog Alert and apologies in advance

Just to let you know that in the first two weeks of the FTC it may be a little quieter than usual on the blog because I have some personal commitments that will make it difficult to promise lots of blog banter and team support.
My 15,000 word MA dissertation is due at the end of September and I have also just started a new job too (so having to put in quite a bit of extra work after hours). I hope you will look after yourselves and don't get into too much mischief. Don't forget you can encourage each other on our team Facebook page and you can write messages on the blog too.

Bring on the FTC!!

Saturday, 6 September 2014

September CTC Boat One Floated and FTC update

Wahooo! Boat one is floated in the first week of the September Cross Team Challenge. We have some excellent times from Ric (Happy Birthday btw), Jonathan, Mark, Rob and me (not some much a great time but a first attempt!(.

Participants need to row 7684 metres for Joan Van Blom Cancer Awareness. Read more about this amazing lady here.

4 pts
Empty the Tanks I33:54.2
Richard Young (H) 28:30.5
Jonathan Turns ETT (H) 31:51.7
Mark Kaehler (H) 38:14.8
Rob Drury (L) 31:19.2
Caroline Joynson (F) 39:35.1

This is a great distance for us particularly from the 15th September onwards so the metres will count towards the Fall Team Challenge too!

Talking of the FTC, we have a whole bunch of ETT'ers signed up including some new members or existing members who have signed up to a team challenge for the first time (highlighted in yellow).
Welcome to the team newbies and we look forward to erging with you during the FTC challenge.
1Jonathan TurnsM460
2Andy SoyringM540
3Mark BowerM360
4Leslie FoxM650
5Jim MoldenhauerM570
6John DigweedM470
7Dave PongraczM410
8Karyn McNamaraF400
9Caroline JoynsonF410
10Jean CurranF600
11John DunnM410
12Mike BodeM570
13David AcresM390
14Michael SiersM500
15Rob DruryM670
16joseph codaM450
17Dave RobertsM550
18Edward JacksonM610
19Joseph SmyntekM340
20Mike FogelM590
21Craig WaughM440
22David HopkinsonM350
23Mark KaehlerM600
24Wayne HollinsheadM480
25Kenneth MurdochM450
26Bastian SchnitzhoferM300
27David HannanM560
28Neil RyanM470
29Bill SchmidtM530
30Matthias RauschM360
31Ben JohnsonM260
32Sarah HopkinsF0