Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy New Year ETT'ers!

Wishing you all a very Happy new Year and see you in the Virtual Team Challenge tomorrow!

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Holiday Challenge 2015

Hey ETT'ers!

Congratulations to all team mates who completed the Holiday Challenge - either the 100k or 200k. Fantastic efforts from the following members:

Bill Schmidt 445,681m
Steve Coles 345,307m
Hartmut Dicke 327,759m
Daniel Sundqvist 264,067m
Rob Drury 260,191m
Joseph Smyntek 235,000m
Andy Soyring 231,407m
Barb Chalfonte 205,661m
Mark Bower 202,879m
Mark Lattimore 202,779m
Andrew Hewitt 190,472m
Jonathan Turns 147,679m
Karyn McNamara 144,662m
Jeff Kuecker 140,004m
Mike Fogel 136,326m
ALLAN HERON 128,000m
Caroline Joynson 125,000m
Rainer Saad 118,335m
Dave Roberts 111,246m
Jan Van Der Horst 108,969m
Kenneth Murdoch 106,461m
John Betts 103,582m
Norman Haas 101,910m

Wishing you all a fun and festive Christmas and I'll see you all on the 1st January for the Virtual Team Challenge!

Sunday, 29 November 2015

ETT Nov Update


For those competitive UK ETT'ers the last day for entry to the British Rowing Indoor competition is tomorrow the 30th November. Follow the link for further information: BRIC 2015


Talking of competitions, our very own erg-rocket Rainer has been up to his winning ways again.
He won a silver medal at the Estonian IRC for the 6000m distance. His winning time was 21:31,4, a personal best by 13 seconds!

Not content with one medal at the end of October he also won the Estonian erg marathon. Amazingly this was Rainer's first ever marathon and he won with a time of 2:45:20.3.

Well done Rainer. We are all very proud of you at ETT!

 November CTC

We have floated one boat in this month's challenge chosen by DLC Gidea Park.

Row 250m, 1'R, 500m, 1'R
750m, 1'R,
500m, 1'R, 250m and finish
First 250m from a standing start, all the rest however you choose.
Record your total time for 2,250 metres

With only one more day to go we just need one more female rower to float boat number two.
Come on ladies, start the week off with an interval session workout tomorrow!

40 pts
Empty the Tanks I7:58.5
Espen Holm (H)
Pongi (H)
Galeere (H)
Bill_Schmidt (L)
Caroline Joynson (F)

80Empty the Tanks II8:05.4
Jeff Kuecker (H)
Jonathan Turns ETT (H)
Mike Bode (H)
Rob Drury (L)

Holiday Challenge > 26th November - 24th December

Your metres will automatically be entered when you update your logbook.
There is a 100k and 200k challenge - which one are you taking part in?

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Happy Thanks Giving Weekend

Hello USA & Canadian ETT'ers.
Hope you had a brilliant Thanks Giving, survived the Black Friday sales and have a restful and enjoyable weekend.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

FTC Winner's Tee's

It has taken me a bit longer to organise myself with the FTC winner's T-shirts but here they are:

Hand-made by yours truly.
I appliqu├ęd a bold red ETT with orange satin stitching around the edges to secure the fabric and make it stand out.

Matt L, Jason, Bill S, Mike F and Daniel - they will be in the post this week!
I hope you like them and please e-mail me a photo of you wearing it for the blog.

I will be doing another batch for the January Team Challenge too.

Matt L could you e-mail me your address please -

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Bonfire Night

Have a fun and safe Bonfire Night for those UK team mates!

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Skeleton Crew and Oct CTC update

We managed to float two boats in this month's CTC of 15 reps of one minute with one minute rests.
Excellent work team mates.

45 pts
Empty the Tanks I4323.8m
Espen Holm (H)
Pongi (H)
Kenneth Murdoch (H)
Bill_Schmidt (L)
Karyn McNamara (F)

14 pts
Empty the Tanks II3979.8m
Mike Bode (H)
Jonathan Turns ETT (H)
RTaylor (H)
Rob Drury (L)
Caroline Joynson (F)
100Empty the Tanks III3866m
Daniel Sundqvist (L)
As for the 31k Skeleton Crew the following team mates reached the magical number:

Steve Coles 122,693
Rob Drury 53,309
Mike Fogel 51,335
Mike Bode 31,525
Mark Bower 31,197
Leslie Fox 31,000
Karyn McNamara 44,048
John Digweed 39,052
Jan Van Der Horst 31,295
hector m guerrero villa 50,364
Hartmut Dicke 59,768
Dave Roberts 36,026
Dave Pongracz 33,782
Caroline Joynson 35,000
Bill Schmidt 83,126
Andy Soyring 54,707

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Skeleton Crew 2015

The Skeleton Crew Challenge starts on the 25th October until the 31st October.
Row (or ski) 31,000 metres in a week to get your name on the honour board and be eligible for a C2 certificate.

Whooooooo's in?

Saturday, 17 October 2015

FTC 2015 Final Results

We did it!
A massive thank you to all team mates who participated in the 2015 Fall Team Challenge.
We finished waaaaay beyond our target of 10 million metres with a final result of 10,949,741 metres which is absolutely awesome considering that on the 11th October we had not even reached 10 million!
We also maintained our top 3% standing with 9th place out of 271 world-wide teams!

Onto the individual results:

We had a surprise leader in the top spot after team metre uploads yesterday. Jason who had dominated pole position for weeks got bumped into second place by Matt L at the last minute.
There is only a couple of metres in it though. Well done guys! Impressive stuff and you both made sure ETT secured our top 3% standing!
Matt L wins the most metres prize.
Jason wins the best new team mate prize.

Bill S is the sole member of the half a million metres club. He has been one of the most enthusiastic members of the competition, posting on the ETT blog and Facebook page with encouraging messages and notes. He also achieved an SB for a 30 minute row with a dodgy knee too!
Bill S wins the most enthusiastic team mate prize.

Ken and David are enjoying the prestige of the 400k club. Well done guys you have knocked it out of the park!

Hector, Steve C (with a few injuries), Rob D, Shawn and Jeff K (hit 3 million lifetime metres and has maintained a 60lb weight loss over the past 2 years rowing) have erged an awesome 300k+ metres each over the course of the challenge. Excellent stuff gentlemen.

John F, Andy S, Jeff B, Allan, Rainer, Andy L, Rob P, Gary (his first FTC), Caroline (hit 10 million lifetime metres) and Mark B (hit 15 million lifetime metres AS WELL AS training for his running club) are now partying hard after getting into the 200k club. In reality we are now chilling out and putting our feet up!

The biggest club is the 100k club with the following amazing team mates: Harmut (despite a back injury), Doug, Pongi, (hit 10 million lifetime metres), Andy H (hit 4 million lifetime metres), David H, Mike F (who hit 3 million lifetime metres, 500,000 since a hip operation 9 months ago!), Diggy (even though he was on holiday for 2 weeks of the challenge), Doug, Daniel (finished with 26k on the last day!), Joe S (hit a new 1k PB), Jan, Karyn, Kevin, James, Lucas (with a bad knee and his self titled - operation-get-t-shirts-to-fit task) Neil, Rob T, Luis, Norman (in only 2 weeks!) and Leslie (who only started the challenge on 2nd Oct). Excellent work everyone!

Mike F wins the most hard-core prize for rowing over 100k during this challenge after his hip operation!
Daniel wins the PB / Distance prize for his 26k on the last day of the challenge.

A few members didn't quite make it into the 100k club during this challenge but have rowed a very decent chunk that helped us achieve our top ten position. Nice work Ian, Edward (who has been sailing around the world on a cruise ship and erging in the cruise ship gym in between drinks on deck and sight-seeing), Emma, Les, Jonathan and Thomas. 

And of course a big ETT thank you to John B, Andreas, Duncan, Toni, Michael S, Susanne, Megan, Mark, Matthias, Ellie, Neil, Kevin Mc, Xavier, Andrew, Nick, Justin, Dave R, Lisa, Bill, Sarah and Robert A. Without your total group contribution of over 730,000 metres we would not have smashed our best ever result in a team competition!

There we have it ETT'ers.  Our BEST EVER TEAM CHALLENGE since Empty the Tanks was established in 2009. I hope to see you all in the January Team Challenge!

If you have been awarded a prize could you please send me your address and t-shirt size to
I aim to send out prizes in the last week of October.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

FTC 2015 Day 27

We are in the final stretch of the Fall Team Challenge and we have moved up to 9th place out of 271 teams which is brilliant!

I will be checking out the final standings carefully in this final week of the challenge so I can award the prizes promised for the following achievements:

  • Most enthusiastic team mate
  • Most metres
  • Personal Best time / distance
  • Best new team mate
  • Most hard-core / bad-ass
Please let me know of any Personal Best achievements or distances rowed so I can consider you for the prizes. E-mail me or leave a message on the Facebook page or ETT blog.

Jason is still in pole position. Keep on rowing hard! You are awesome.

Matt L is holding up second place with some might. Nice work mate.

Bill S and Ken M are keeping each other company in the 400k club. Great stuff guys.

Steve is the sole member of the 300k club this week. Nice job there!

The 200k club has a fine set including: Hector, Rob D, Shawn, Jeff, Mike, Allan and John F!

Gary, Rainer, Jeff B, Rob P, Andy L, Caroline, Doug, Pongi, Mark, Andy H, Doug, Mike F, Jan, Hartmut, Karyn, Neil, Joe S and Norman have all joined the 100k club! Nice one ETT'ers.

Kevin, David H, Diggy, James, Luis and Ian are all in the nearly 100k and should be there by the end of the competition!

And of course thanks to the rest of the team without whose contributions would mean we may not be in the top ten!
Cheers to Rob T, Les, Lucas, Daniel, Ellie, Kevin, Xavier, Andrew, Neil, Nick, Justin, Dave, Lisa, Bill, Sarah and Robert.

Hopefully Esa, Tim, Wayne and Craig will also post some metres before the end of the challenge!

Keep on rolling team. We are doing extremely well.
See you on the other side........ we only have four more days left!
We can do this!

Sunday, 4 October 2015

FTC 2015 Day 20

Wowzers folks we are on the other side of the half-way point of this challenge. We have erged our butts off so far.
We are still in the top ten with today's position in 9th place out of 271 world-wide teams.

Here are some individual results:

 Jthered has hit over 500k this week. Wow, impressive stuff!

Matt has reached the 400k milestone. A great achievement.

Ken M, Bill and David are in the cool 300k club! You are looking good guys.

Shawn, and Jeff are currently the only members in the exclusive 200k club. Nice work fellas.

The 100k has a great bunch of team mates in the crew.
Hector, Gary, Rob D, Steve C, Rainer, Mike, John F, Jeff B, Allan, Andrew, Andy S, Rob, Mark, Caroline, Jan, Doug, Neil and Norman!

We have a bunch of hard-working ETT'ers who are almost in the 100k club who should get there in the next day or two!
Hartmut, Karyn, Mike F, Doug and Pongi.

A massive thanks to the rest of the team who have signed up and contributed metres:
James, Luis, Joe, Kevin, Andrew, Ian, Les, Lucas, David, Rob, Andreas, Michael, matt, Daniel, Edward, Jonathan, John B, Diggy, Emma, Toni, Kevin, Duncan, Susanna, Mark, Leslie, Andrew, Megan, Nick, Xavier, Ellie, Justin, Neil, Lisa, Sarah and Rob.

Only 11 more days of competition. We can definitely stay in the top ten with this pace.
Keep up the amazing work team!

Don't forget to enter a time for this month's CTC - I completely forgot to enter my time last month, DOH! which meant we only had one boat floated in the points rankings.

This month's challenge has been set by the Forum Flyers.
The October CTC is 15 reps of one minute with one minute rests. 

Sunday, 27 September 2015

FTC 2015 Day 13

Although we have dropped from 7th place, today we have moved into 8th position (after moving up from 9th place yesterday).
We are definitely on track to reach over 10 million metres by the end of the challenge and we have quite a number additional team mates who have signed up and uploaded metres.

Keep up the great work team!

Monday, 21 September 2015

FTC 2015 Day Seven

Let's shout about some awesome achievements:

At the top of the team we have:

Ken M 183k
Jthered 153k
Steve C 126k
Jan 107k
Matt L 106k
David R 105k

Jeff K 95k
Rob D 92k
Gary Mc 78k
Bill S 73k
John F 71k

Keep up the great work team. Many thanks to the team mates who are toiling away with under 70k. Every metre genuinely counts.
For those team mates who have yet to upload - get those metres on the leaderboard soon. It could make the difference of a whole position in the final standings!

Sunday, 20 September 2015

FTC 2015 Day Six

Day six and we are in 7th place out of 240 world-wide teams.
We have some crazy team mates at the top of the team having daily battles for pole position! Today we have Ken M at the top, with Jthered in second and Matt L in third.
Over ten members; Steve, Jeff K, Jan, Rob D, Shawn, Hector, Gary, John F, Bill, Andrew and Rainer have rowed over 50K.
16 team mates have contributed over 25k, Doug, Andy, Mike, Rob P, Jeff B, Mark, Allan, Neil, Caroline, Mike, Norman, Joe, Karyn, Pongi, Luis and Matt R.
Great work ETT'ers.
Tomorrow will be the end of week one and we should aim to secure our 7th place with a few extra metres each.
Keep rowing strong!

Saturday, 19 September 2015

FTC 2015 Day Five

Hey. We have over 70+ team mates signed up and we have scooted up to 7th place today which is awesome!

Looking good team. I will do  the weekly report tomorrow.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

FTC 2015 Day Three

Sub 7 have erged past us with 50k and pushed us down to 8th place! Can we push past them by the end of the weekend?

We have had some extremely impressive contributions from 44 team mates with stand out achievements from Jthered, Ken and Jan.

Keep going! We are on track for over 9 million!

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

FTC 2015 Day Two

Still in 7th place and going strong...

Come on ETT'ers. This is looking goooood!

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

FTC 2015 Day One

We have shot out of the dock like a torpedo and are in 7th place out of 144 teams on the first day of the FTC 2015. Sub 7 are close behind us and our old nemesis FIRT are only ahead by 500k!

Ken M has rowed a Full marathon and not far behind is new team mate Jthered 19.
Keep up the great momentum ETT'ers.

1Kenneth MurdochM4642,195
2JTHERED 19M4525,000
3Rob DruryM6823,102
4Shawn KenaleyM3816,000
5Gary McCormackM4710,748
6Jan Van Der HorstM4510,436
7John FewtrellM6910,000
8Jeff KueckerM4710,000
9Rainer SaadM2810,000
10Joseph SmyntekM357,924
11Edward JacksonM627,000
12Doug LyM346,683
13Caroline JoynsonF426,000
14Duncan MurrayM486,000
15Michael SiersM515,191
16Kevin McLellanM634,207
17Kevin SantoneM494,000
18Neil KingstonM332,000

During a team challenge I typically update the blog around this time each day and as we are a world-wide team I know so of you may not have had a chance to row or upload yet. Please don't worry as your contributions will be counted in the following blog post.

Entering into the spirit of endurance rowing (which I know some of you are planning to do over the next month) have you any tips to share with the rest of the team?

Q: What food do you eat to prepare for a longer erg session?

If you have been a follower of this blog for a while you will probably already know my big love for sweet potatoes. I usually roast up a huge batch at the weekend and then microwave a bowl of them and scoff about an hour before a big rowing session.

Q: Do you think adding electrolytes to your drink / water makes a difference?

I have recently been adding a squirt of electrolytes into my water bottle during a harder bike turbo or rowing session and I have noticed a difference afterwards with a quicker recovery (although I haven't been that scientific about if it has improved my erging or bike performance. Yet)

Share what you eat and drink for endurance rowing......

Monday, 14 September 2015

FTC starts tomorrow

Get some rest tonight team mates because the FTC starts tomorrow!
Come on ETT'ers. We can smash this!

Sunday, 13 September 2015

FTC in two days!

We have an awesome gang ready for the Fall Team Challenge were we aim to beat our 2014 top 3% placing.
I have a question to ask you guys........ should we drop team mates from the FTC if they haven't rowed any metres by the 30th September?
Over the past few team challenges we have had between 7 - 12 members who have signed up for challenges, but for whatever reason didn't get a chance to take part or upload metres. This ends up bringing the team average metres down. So, should we get tactical and drop members if they don't upload?
Please note this DOES NOT drop team mates from ETT permanently - ONLY for the FTC 2015.

Vote at the top right hand side of the blog.

Here is the team so far! 52 keen ETT'ers.

1Jonathan TurnsM470
2Andy SoyringM550
4Mark BowerM370
5Leslie FoxM660
6Jim MoldenhauerM580
7John DigweedM480
8Dave PongraczM420
9Duncan MurrayM480
10Karyn McNamaraF410
11Neil KingstonM330
12Steve ColesM480
13Norman HaasM590
14Caroline JoynsonF420
15Hartmut DickeM440
16Gary McCormackM470
17Mike BodeM580
18Michael SiersM510
19Ian CleggM570
20Tim WilliamsM450
21hector m guerrero villaM520
22Esa LahnakoskiM640
23Dave RobertsM560
24Edward JacksonM620
25Justin CliftM400
26Andreas EnglertM220
27Steven RimmerM340
28xavier harduinM470
29Joseph SmyntekM350
30Andrew BainbridgeM370
31Mike FogelM600
32David HopkinsonM360
33Les JonesM500
34Mark KaehlerM610
35Wayne HollinsheadM490
36Kenneth MurdochM460
37Jeff KueckerM470
38Lisa KueckerF480
39Thomas KroekerM360
40Neil RyanM480
41Jan Van Der HorstM450
42Bill SchmidtM540
43Matthias RauschM370
44Craig OldakowskiM340
45Sarah HopkinsF230
46Andrew LambertM490
47Doug BucknallM390
48Daniel SundqvistM370
49Megan FlickelF380
50JTHERED 19M450
51Doug LyM340
52robert parkM710

Hey guys. Let's get erging!
See you on the 15th September.