Tuesday, 28 April 2015

April CTC Update

We have almost floated our third boat into the points rankings for this month's CTC challenge.
It is a pretty hard-core interval session of 1k 300m 300m 300m 300m 1k with 2 mins rest between each interval. This exhaustive number was set by Sub 7.

39 pts
Empty the Tanks I11:11.9
Mark Bower (H)
Pongi (H)
Richard Young (H)
Bill_Schmidt (L)
Karyn McNamara (F)

8 pts
Empty the Tanks II12:30.3
Bouke Dieleman (H)
Kenneth Murdoch (H)
Phil Hollins (H)
Rob Drury (L)
Caroline Joynson (F)

75Empty the Tanks III12:26.8
Jonathan Turns ETT (H)
Mike Bode (H)
Mark Kaehler (H)

We need 2 females or 1 lightweight male / female and 1 female....... come on ETT'ers let's see if we can make a difference in the next two days!


Get your thinking caps on folks because we have been given the choice for the JULY CTC.
Let me know via the blog, facebook or email and we can get some suggestions up and vote for the most popular session.

Here are our selections for previous CTC's:

  • May 2013, 5555 metres
  • August 2011, 10,549 metres
  • December 2009 5k r25

Looking at the table of CTC's on the blog, ETT's most participated events have been the shorter sessions. I will leave it up to you guys to think of some ideas....

Over to you!


  1. How about something simple like 2009 meters (for the year ETT started)?
    Mark K

  2. This was my second attempt - went hard on the first 1000, gave everything on the 300's and survived (only just) the last 1000 to scrape under my goal. Painful but strangely enjoyable? Hopefully we'll get that third boat floated.

    Regarding the July CTC - i agree that the shorter sessions encourage greater participation but it would be great to have something mid range that involves a greater degree of endurance which seems to suit and encourage greater participation within our team. Besides it would be great to have a break from the flat out sprints, as great as they are they hurt and i am starting to develop chronic pain in my forearms because of them:)

    Mark K's suggestion sounds logical and will encourage participation. I'll also have a think and get back ......

    Cheers Pongi:)

    1. Ok .... i've come up with a couple of cruel and painful options for the July CTC which are different and potentially unpopular but would be a good test of both strength and endurance. I'll put it out there anyway for your thoughts;

      First Option

      500m - 1minRest - 400m - 1minR - 300m - 1minR - 200m - 1minR - 100m - 2minR - 2000m
      (Total Distance = 3500m; Total Rest = 6 minutes)

      Second Option
      750m - 2minR - 500m - 2minR - 250m - 2minR - 2000m
      (Total Distance = 3500m; Total Rest = 6 minutes)

      Or variations of the above.

      It's been a couple of years since our last challenge and it could well be a couple of years until our next. Therefore i think we should think completely outside the box and come up with a challenge that is different and unlike any other. Just my thoughts


    2. Both options look pretty good until you get to the evil 2k at the end. Liking your thinking about thinking outside the box though.

    3. ..... another evil thought ...... last one i promise. How about;

      7 x 100m with 1minute rest between each with 2 minutes rest after the last 100m and then finishing with 2009m? (Total Distance = 2709m; Total Rest = 8 minutes)

      The 7 x 100 metres represents each of the seven years our team has been rowing and then i thought we would 'celebrate' with a 2009m row at the end which represents the year of our inception. My previous suggestions could also be modified to reflect something similar (i.e. 2009m instead of 2000m).

      Just a thought ... i think it will be great to come up with a challenge in which participants really need to think about strategy and pacing etc and which may take a couple of attempts to get it right.

      Thanks ..... over to you!


    4. Now, you just keep getting more evil Pongi - are you feeling OK?
      Some great suggestions though!

    5. Evil yes!!! They have given us pain and now we must return the favour, it is the law of karma - what goes around comes around. Revenge is sweet :) :)


  3. On a completely different note ..... i think the team logo's at the top of the CTC page needs to be updated to include ours considering we have been consistently contributing for the last seven years. It is currently well out of date and still contains the logos of teams that appear to no longer contribute. Just a thought!

    Have a great weekend!


    1. Hadn't noticed until you just mentioned it!

    2. It would be cool to have our logo up there, after all we have consistently participated in all challenges over the last seven years and it would be great to have that acknowledged. It may even encourage others to join our team. I'm happy to look into it for you?


  4. Hmm, I tried posting this once already, but it didn't work...

    Someone commented on the last challenge that they can't program variable intervals on a PM2, so in the spirit of being all encompassing, and as it's our 7th anniversary this year, my suggestion would be a 7x700m piece, maybe 1' or 2' rest. Would be tricky to pace as it's just shy of 5km, so edging towards a longer piece, but it's intervals, so you're tempted to go faster. Just a thought!

    1. Interesting... this could be a good one.

    2. To repeat 700m seven times now that would be so destroying (or character building) ........ i like it:) A variation of this could be for participants to add only their fastest and slowest intervals together (i.e. time for 1400m) and that would encourage participants to consider consistency of pacing over all seven intervals. Just a thought!

      Cheers Pongi:)