Thursday, 30 January 2014

VTC 2014 Penultimate day

Bust out that 70's disco or hard rock for your last row tomorrow. Give it your all and Empty the Tanks team mates.

We have been bumped down to 17th place by a huge school / university team called Arlington-Belmont Crew who have squeezed past us by 200k. Hopefully a couple of team mates have some metres in the bag which they have yet to upload?!

17Empty the TanksVirtual Club7,901,77547168,123

After Friday you can all get some well deserved rest doing what-ever you enjoy : )
I will do a more detailed blog post about individual achievements this weekend.

18 comments:

  1. Well I've reached my target of 400km a day early as I've been roped into football tomorrow, so this is me officially signing off this year's JVTC!

    I finished tonight with my HM attempt, and I wasn't hoping for much. Ric beat my PB by 20s the other day, and as much as I'd liked to think I could have beaten him, I knew it was out of the question realistically. I'd only got back on the erg 8 weeks ago after 3 month's rest following my hernia operation, and coming back I was struggling to row 30' below 2:00/500. I aimed for around the 1:55 mark, which I took to be hopeful anyway, for me the mental side is half the battle and I'd not rowed over an hour for probably a year.

    To cut a long story short, I set off a little too slow, miscalculated my pace near the end but still managed to come in at 1:19:27.9, a full 2.1s off my PB!! I'm more than happy with that after rowing 375km before it with only 1 day's rest, it shows my fitness is coming back after all!!

    Hope everyone has beaten their goals this month, it's been great to see all the comments and stories from you all, let's keep on erging!!

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  2. I forgot to mention, after I finished the HM I followed up with 3x500/2'r to take me over the 400km, hence the day off tomorrow!

    I also forgot to say that whoever suggested the HM challenge is evil. EVIL!!!

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    1. Ha I definately was thinking along those lines in the final stages of my HM last week ; )
      Nice work for the VTC Mark - thanks for the metres!

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  3. Great goal setting and over-achieving there Mark. I am still not fit enough to do a HM, however I have made a huge effort this week with hour rows most days and I will finish 50k above my target of 200k ! I see another fair sized on-water club, is hot on our heels as well ! One last row and then I need to bolt together my new BBQ, for some serious protein and red wine wind down medication

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    1. Nice work getting to 200k+ Diggy. Nice work in the final week of the challenge ; )

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  4. Kicking myself that I didn't join up with the team before the cut off. 165k added would have put a dent in the 200k deficit. Oh well looking forward to the next challenge

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    1. Sorry you missed out on this team challenge - at least you know what to aim for in the next one!
      WEC 15th March - 15th April ; )

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  5. Hi Mark - sorry, the HM challenge was my idea - don't worry, I'll pay for it later today once I've done mine! Great time by the way, I'd love to get close to that.....as it stands I've set myself a big challenge to dip beneath 1:24:00, previous PB 1:27:09 so quite a jump. I blame Dave P for having faith in me (or as I like to say - throwing down the gauntlet!). Will let you know how it goes later!!!

    Matt C

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    1. Excellent work Matt - glad you managed a PB in the end. I think the 'friendly encouragment' from fellow team mates certainly helped a little bit ; )

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  6. Well I must say that after uploading today's metres I am a happy bunny!!!! I first set out to simply take part, and joined a different team that didn't really seem to want to have fun. Then I found ETT and there was no looking back. My original goal was simply to push as hard as I could, three rows a day which started at 10,000 each and in week three reach 13,500 each so over 40,000 a day. That week hit 23 hours of rowing and over 280,000 metres. I am proud simply because I have been rowing since October of last year and am no expert by any means, so 1,000,000 metres is a great personal milestone in one month.

    It's quite remarkable how much of what we do comes from the state of mind we are in. If I think self-defeating thoughts then i quickly run out of energy whereas if I continually tell myself that I can do it, well, then I can!!! Having listened to some unbelievable crap on my ipod, simply because I ran out of good songs weeks ago, I have now learned the lyrics of music I would never own up to on here! :-) But there you go, I said in the very first line of my profile that I wanted to be part of something special and feel very much as though I am. The greatest journeys are taken in one place and I am proud to have taken part and helped in whatever way I could. Here's to ETT and sincere congratulations to everyone, no matter how big or small your own personal journey, we showed up and we did it brilliantly!

    All The very best
    Nick W

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    1. Congrats Nick, I did the million for one of the challenges, I know just how tough it is! You're spot on with saying it's all in the mind. After a while the aches and pains become duller (but no less constant!) and it becomes more about telling yourself you can do it, and not giving in to that voice that says "what's the point?". Maybe one day I'll do it again myself, maybe when the kids are a bit older and the wife has less for me to do!!

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    2. Nick, great to have such an enthusiastic team mate - we are all glad to decided to join ETT!
      What a huge acheivement - as Mark B says its hard work but you finished with style ; )
      It took me 6 months to row my first one million metres - so kudos to you Nick!
      Roll on the next challenge....

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  7. Nick W, that is a awesome accomplishment!! When I saw the numbers you were putting up... I was amazed... then astounded!! So after putting in that many Meters... what kind of changes did you see in our body or your food intake... It is definitely a test of will!! Fred R.

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    1. Hi Fred,

      Thank You very much for your kind words. Well, in terms of body changes. My upper body ached daily for the first ten days, especially between my shoulder blades and back. But after a while it didn't hurt any more and i found huge amounts of strength from new muscle mass, not the posy type of muscle but stronger shoulders, arms, legs and back. I have been taking in liquid protein each day and dropped the amount of carbs/ sugars to a much healthier balance. This gave my body a chance to eat fat rather than just the carbs. My waist has dropped 2 inches with lots more to do but i am in the right direction. Above all though, my mind has got rid of all the noise and clutter if that doesnt sound crazy? This exercise leaves me daily feeling full of life, balanced and ready for a challenge. I hope that answers your questions and thanks again for your kind words.

      Best Wishes
      Nick

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  8. Congratulations to all on a great month of rowing! Over 8.2 million meters with less than 50 people is awesome! And of course a special congratulations to Nick W and his million-meter achievement!

    For myself, this challenge was one of the lowest monthly outputs I have had in some time. I think I finished this month around 80k. But it's really not that disappointing to me as I rowed more than half of it at a sub-1:45 pace. I also set new PB's for the 5k and 10k. Tomorrow is the Motown Madness 2014 IRC and I hope to have a new PB set for the 2k if everything works out as I hope.

    I still didn't row as much as I wanted to and would have loved to do the HM challenge but just couldn't muster the energy for long distances (Even my 10k was met with lots of fatigue). I started a vegetarian/ almost vegan diet back in mid-Dec. for health reasons and I had a hard time getting my energy levels up. I think I have my diet and my body where it needs to be as I have found good sources of protein and nutrition to get me through workouts.

    I am going to continue to train for the 2k through Feb and March so I can hopefully put out some strong times for the next two challenge-series events. Then I hope I can break 300k for the WEC!

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    1. Hi Joe - check this ultra athlete who has a vegan based diet. Might help you with the nutrition you need: http://www.richroll.com/

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  9. Echoing what everyone has said, Congratulations to all! Total meters, half marathons, best times and all. Special congrats to Nick "The Machine" on 1 million in January. We have been emailing off line all month and he has been a great encouragement to me.

    Not quite as impressive as 1 million in a month, I posted my first million this morning after starting in late October. Also, I've lost 20 lbs since I started. I just put on a pair of jeans today that I haven't fit into in quite some time, and they're even a little loose. So all-in-all things are going very well with the rowing.

    I figure that I have gotten plenty of aerobic base training under my belt now,and I am going to start to work on improving my 2K to 10K times. I'm not really as much of a distance guy as Nick, but I'm not too bad up until about 10K. I think we should all try to talk him into having a go at a single man 24 hour record!

    Happy rowing to all, can't wait for the next challenge,
    Jeff K

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    1. Good luck with the 2k and 10k times Jeff.
      All the best with your continued strive for health, fun and fitness.

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