Tuesday, 7 January 2014

VTC 2014 Day seven and another new team mate!

We have been joined by another new team mate - yipee!

Nick, 43, is a proud owner of a C2 which he bought in October 2013.
We are happy to have you onboard the team Nick and thanks for the 100+ metres you have contributed - you are now at the top of the ETT team!

It has been an interesting start to the year with some big teams joining the VTC ranks; Diggy mentioned he had spotted our old rivals Team Canada sneaking up the ranks with 50+ team mates.

We also need to keep an eye on our friendly rivals the Greenville Indoor Rowing team who invited us all to row in their local rivers and lakes in the US during one of the team challenges last year.

What are your goals for this challenge?

Are you aiming for 50k, 100k, 200k..... 500k?
What is helping you through the longer rows?
Let us know your indulgences to help you through the January work-out blues... Is it left over Christmas chocolate, coffee or some crazy tunes?

I am loving Daft Punk right now - those crazy robots!

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15 comments:

  1. I'm aiming for 200k as part of the fight against the Christmas flab and attempting a half marathon for the first time at some point this month too. I'm also only 60k off from hitting my first million metres - I had a goal to hit that in 2013 but my efforts in the holiday challenge were a bit half hearted (too many Christmas parties and other indulgences). Amazing how quickly you can lose pace and fitness but feeling a bit better out there today...

    Anything over 30 mins on the rower I tend to listen to podcasts rather than music as people talking seems to make the time go quicker for me. Although the one I listened to today made me laugh and that can really ruin your pace!

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    1. Firstly, welcome to the team Nick!!

      I'm training for a marathon in April so have a training plan - my motivation is getting a quicker time so if I miss any sessions I'm cheating myself.....discipline, discipline and urghhhhh, more discipline!!! With a fair wind I should hit around 250k metres this month - fingers crossed!

      Lucas, nice little goal there and I was looking at my marathon training plan a little earlier. It just so happens I have a half marathon planned in for the 30th January so it would be great to do it on the same day. It would be even better if there are any other team members in the VTC who want to jump in for the half marathon on the same day? A great goal for anyone to aim for I think and also a fantastic last minute push for metres on the VTC.....

      Matt

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    2. Hi Matt, sorry for the late reply but yes I'm game for that. I've avoided the HM until now but need to do it at some point... count me in!

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  2. I am hoping for warmer weather for motivation. Last 2 mornings it was 26 below zero F (-33 C) and 24 below zero F (-31 C) air temperature (wind chill was -48 F) just to cold to head to the Y at 5 am to row. The "high" here on Monday was 12 below zero F (-24 C). Supposed to finally get above zero on Wednesday but only single digits. Then it will be warm enough to make the morning trip to the gym.

    Jim Moldenhauer

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    1. Hi,

      I guess our winter went to your land and your winter came to our land. Here in Estonia, we usually have cold weather at winter, now we don't have snow and it's +10 C warm. :)

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  3. Welcome Nick and Matt!!

    Jim..hope you survive the cold spell and finally make it to the gym.

    Lucas..I finally cracked the 2 million metres a few days back but it has taken me 7 years with the last 700k rowed in the last few months. Congrats in advance on the 1 million metres.

    Matt...Im up for a half marathon on the 30th. Managed a slow one a few days ago but reckon I could knock a minute or two off my pb for the season if I made a bit of an effort. Great time by the way on the full marathon that you did.

    Cheers all
    Karyn

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    1. Hi Karyn, that's great - perhaps I'll run a list of all those who want to do the half marathon on the 30th.....I'm the same as you, looking to knock a couple of minutes off my PB although I'm sure easier said than done!!

      Matt C

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  4. Hello new team mates! Hope you enjoy your rowing!

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  5. Hello everyone and thank you for your warm reception! It's great to be part of a team, and indeed this one is WORLDS apart from my initial choice so many metres lay ahead :-)

    I am looking to loose weight so am hitting the rowing twice a day and should be able to offer at least 25,000 a day, more if we get close to overtaking another team. I did a half marathon today and 10,000 tonight so fingers crossed the weight should start shifting soon. Matt, count me in for the 30th, I will do a half marathon with you.

    All the best
    Nick

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    1. Hi Nick - glad you could join Karyn and I on the 30th!! I'll run a list of those who want to join me. Sounds like you'll be doing some hardcore rowing this month.....half marathon AND 10k in one day - great going!! Be sure to give yourself a little rest though - you want to try and post a good time for the HM on the 30th!!

      Matt C

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  6. Fantastic to see such a great start from everyone, reading this has really picked me up after fighting a weird New Year sickness thingy (not alcohol-induced). Now for some serious rowing...

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  7. Hi everyone. I will be doing VTC meters for a team called Sõudespinning Estonia, because it is the first estonian team that competes in erg contest. I will be member of Empty the
    Tanks, just helping other Estonians in this contest. Rest of the year I will dedicate all my contest meters to ETT :)

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    1. I wondered where you had gone from the team list! Enjoy the rest of the contest!

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  8. Welcome to all new-comers! I'm aiming for around 400k I think, finger's crossed. That's a nice easy target that I don't have to push myself to reach, not like the times I did 750k and the big 1M! I looked back at my old logs for those, funnily enough I've forgotten all about those 2x20km rows a day at weekends!! If you're doing big distances Nick take them nice and steady, I found the distance fatigue sets in quick, but doesn't really get any worse over the month provided you choose your paces carefully.

    I was considering joining you guys for a HM on the 30th, but I'd have to do it at a weekend and the 30th is a Thursday. You've got me thinking now though, I would be miles away from my PB of under 1:20, but it'd be nice to see how my recovery and fitness rebuilding is coming along! At the moment I'm rowing 10kms at lunch in the work gym with Ric, and the days I'm at home I'm doing 2500m intervals, e.g. tonight I did 6 with 2' rest inbetween. I'm watching Star Trek: The Next Generation in the gym (garage!) and the rests allow me to change episodes or discs as needed.

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  9. Welcome Nick and Matt! My wife Lisa and I were the newcomers right before you guys. We received our C2 at the end of October. Lisa is an ex-ultramarathoner, so rowing for hours came easy for her. I, pretty much, have only run to the refrigerator and back to the couch for the last 17 years, so I am ramping up a little slower. Pounds are starting to come off though.

    We purchased an iPhone holder with the C2. Lisa is getting her Nursing Masters and has found that she can read her textbooks on the Kindle app for an iPad (believe it or not). She sets the font very large and swipes pages every few strokes on the recovery. I use it to watch my favorite shows on Netflix. I don't watch comedies, as it is difficult to row hard when you're laughing, which I found out the hard way. I've been trying to average out to 12-15k a day, longer on the weekends. I mix it up with long continuous rows and some faster intervals when I'm feeling less worn out.

    Happy rowing to all,
    Jeff and Lisa K

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