Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Happy New Year ETT'ers!

Have an amazing New Year's Eve ETT'ers.
I look forward to rowing with you on the 1st January 2017 in the Virtual Team Challenge. Visit your logbook to sign up to the team challenge if you haven't already!

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Merry Christmas Team Mates

Have a very Merry Christmas ETT'ers!

Sunday, 4 December 2016

December Cross Team Challenge

This month's CTC has been chosen by the FIRT team.

December 2016 - Happy FIRTmas

Row 30 secs, take 30 secs rest
Row 40 secs, 40 secs rest
Row 50 secs, 50 secs rest
one minute, one minute rest
50 secs, 50 secs rest
40 secs, 40 secs rest
and finish with 30 secs
Record your distance for the five minutes of rowing.
Don't include any resting metres.
First 30 secs must be a standing start.
All others can be rolling starts.

Good luck ETT'ers!

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

November Cross Team Challenge Update

Thanks to the following team mates we have over nine entries for this months 1,000 metres Cross Team Challenge. We just need one more team mate to float a second boat in the points rankings! Come on ETT'ers!!

15 pts
Empty the Tanks I3:45.4
Joseph Smyntek (H)
Kenneth Murdoch (H)
Mike Bode (H)
Rob Drury (L)
Eloisa Murdoch (F)

102Empty the Tanks II4:24.7
Jonathan Turns ETT (H)
Markski Kaehlerski (H)
Diggy (L)
Caroline Joynson (F)

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

BRIC 10th December 2016

There is just one week left to enter the biggest indoor rowing event of the year -  the British Rowing Indoor Championships.

This is your chance to compete at the iconic velodrome at the Lee Valley VeloPark alongside rowers of all ages and abilities.

Enter now to reserve your seat on the rowing machine and experience a fun and exciting day.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Holiday Challenge starts on 24th November

Holiday Challenge

November 24–December 24

An individual challenge to keep you focused on your health and fitness in the lead up to the festive season. Also C2 donate money for every person who rows / skis over 100k to one of the following charities:
  • One Acre Fund
  • Global Fund for Women
  • Ocean Conservancy
  • Building Bright Futures Vermont

Row and ski as much as you can between American Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. There are honour boards and downloadable certificates for everybody who reaches 50k (adaptive and kids only), 100k and 200k!

Who is in? Read more about it here

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

November CTC

The November Cross Team Challenge has been chosen by SkiErg.
Row (or SkiErg) a simple straight 1000 metres and record your total time.
The only rule is it must be a standing start, no intervals, no restrictions.

Good luck ETT'ers. Jonathan has been quick off the mark with his session today!

7Empty the Tanks I3:45.1
Jonathan Turns ETT (H) 

Monday, 31 October 2016

Happy Halloween ETT'ers!

Have a spook-tacular evening ETT'ers!

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Skeleton Crew Challenge 2016

Skeleton Crew Challenge

October 25–31
Row and/or ski at least 31,000 metres between October 25 and October 31 to get on the honor board and receive your certificate. Adaptive athletes and juniors aged 16 and under can also participate at the new 10,000m level.In honour of Halloween participate in the Skeleton Crew Challenge. It's a great way to earn all that Halloween candy!

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

FTC 2016 Final Results

With the metres finally uploaded we finished this season's Fall Team Challenge in 15th place out of 395 teams nestled between Team Canada and Sõudespinning Estonia.

We rowed a collective 6,053,427m rowing an average of 121,069m per team mate.
We secured the top spot in the virtual teams with 21-50 members category!
We pack a lot of punch with only 50 team mates. Nice work folks!
Onto individual achievements and the prize winners of the exclusive ETT T-shirt.

Hardy did not waiver from his top place position for the entire challenge. He fully deserves some hard-earned respect. Excellent work there Hardy, 447k is a truly impressive result!

In second place with an extremely respectable 409k is Tomasz who certainly gave Hardy some stiff competition! Well done T.

Jan is the sole member of the 300k club and has gallantly rowed his way into third position. Nice work Jan!

There are some regular ETT party animals in the 200k club this challenge starting with Ken M 273k, Rob D 271k, Andy S 260k, Diggy 258k, Julie 232k, Gary Mc 222k, Jim M 203k and Joe S 200k. Awesome effort team mates.

By far the most rowdy club of the competition has to be the 100k club with lots of regular and new team mates erging their little socks off. Well done to the following: Alex K 155k, Dave A 155k, Bill S 150k, Bhavesh 139k, Caroline 139k, Norman 123k, Rob P 133k, Ian 133k, Karyn 112k, Tim J 112k, Mark B 111k, Jonathan 110k, Mike B 108k, Les 101k and Leslie 100k.

Almost 100k. The following team mates rowed a decent challenge this FTC. Thanks to Edward 83k, Duncan 75k and Milan 75k.

Thanks to the remaining team mates whom without their solid contributions we would not have finished in the top spot for virtual teams with 21-50 members!
Mike S, Andrew L, Rob A, John F, John B, John D, Mike Sc, Barb, Ellie (our youngest female team mate at 16), Mark K, Bouke, Peter, Neil, Toni, Rich, Jan and Hector.

Onto the ETT T-Shirt winners!
It has been a hard fought challenge this Autumn with some great characters battling out for the following prizes:
This prize goes to our very own ETT rowing machine, Hardy! Well done. 
A big shout out goes to our new team mate Julie who has been in the top female metres position pretty much since day one of the challenge. Excellent work there!

Tomasz has won a t-shirt for rowing his personal best amount of metres during the FTC.

Bill S has been this competitions most enthusiastic team mate encouraging ETT'ers on the blog and Facebook page. Always a cheerful and thoughtful comment or recently fun picture to boost team spirits! 

Bhavesh recently joined Empty the Tanks and has made a great impression during the Fall Team Challenge with such a great contribution to the team totals.

Could all winning team mates contact me via the blog, Facebook or e-mail me at with your t-shirt size and address so I can post the t-shirts out to you!

Thank you to all ETT team mates. It has been fun!
See you again in January for the next team challenge.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

FTC 2016 Day 25

With the end of the competition in sight we are still rowing strong. Let's see what we can do in the final six days of the Fall Team Challenge.

We are in 15th place out of 393 world-wide teams with Team Canada ahead of us and TimbukTWO in 16th place.

Individual achievements are as follows:

Hardy is still firmly at the top of the team with 376k. He is rowing up a storm!!

Tomasz, Ken M, Jan, Andy S, and Diggy have rowed themselves in the 200k club. Tomasz is only 5k away from 300k and the rest of these guys look set to join him by the end of the week. Excellent work ETT'ers!

We have a lot more team mates partying on down in the 100k club this week. A big shout out to Rob D, Gary Mc, Jim M, Julie, Joe S, Alex K, Norman, Ian, David A, Nick W and Les J.
Julie has pretty much secured her position as the top female team mate for this FTC!

Tim J, Mike B, Caroline, Bill S, Jonathan, Rob P, Karyn Mc,  Evan, Bhavesh, Milan and Mark B are very close to the 100k club and will probably make it to 100k by the end of the challenge. Keep up the great team mates.

A big thanks to the following team mates who have contributed between 70k - 8k. Edward, Andrew L, Mike F, Rob A, John F,  John D, Mike S, John B, Ellie Mc, Bouke, Peter, Mark K, Neil, Toni, Ric, Jan and Hector. Keep up the metres ETT'ers!

Let me know some of your personal achievements to share with the rest of the team.

Have you rowed more metres than ever before?
Did you smash a personal best time for a distance or interval session?
Have you managed more consecutive rowing sessions during the challenge?

Write in the comments here or on the team Facebook page!

Sunday, 2 October 2016

FTC 2016 Day 18

We have moved up into 14th position today just behind our friendly rivals Team Canada!

We have seen huge metres from team mates this week. Here are the individual achievements:

Hardy is still our top team mate with nearly 300k at 297k. Awesome effort Hardy!
Ken M has clocked up over 212k which is impressive stuff!

Andy S, Jan V, Diggy, Tomasz, Jim M, Julie, Rob D, Joe S and Les J are all in the 100k club. Excellent work team mates.
Julie is our top performing female rower in week three of the challenge!

A decent bunch of ETT'ers have rowed between 70k - 99k and have the fun of the nearly 100k club.
Well done to Tim J, Alex K, Norman H, Gary Mc, David A, Bhavesh, Ian C, Mike B and Jonathan T.

The rest of our team have rowed a wide range of metres between 5k - 70k. Nice work ETT'ers. Keep up the amazing work!
Caroline, Karyn, Evan, Andrew, Mike F, Rob P, Milan, John D, Mark B, Edward, John F, Duncan, Barb, Bill S, Mike So, Mike S, John B, Bouke, Rob A, Peter C, Ellie Mc, Neil R, Toni B, Ric Y, Mark K, Jan, Hector and Nick.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

FTC 2016 Day 11


Hardy is the first ETT'er to reach over 100k this competition!  We have a clear leader in Hardy at the moment with a very impressive 156k.
Second position is being fought out by Andy S and Diggy with 88k and 85k respectively. Keep up the great work guys.
Tomasz, Julie, Joe S, Ken M, Andy L, Mike F, Jim and Jonathan have all rowed between 70k - 50k which is good going for day 11 of the challenge. Julie is currently the top performing female in the team! 
Les, Rob D, Dave A, Karen, Bhavesh, Mike B, Alex, Ian, John D, Tim, Rob P, Caroline, Norman, Evan, Mike S and Barb have all contributed between 40k - 30k so far. 
Mark B, Duncan, Edward, Mike Sc, Milan, John B, Peter, John F, Neil, Ellie, Bouke, Richard, Jan, Rob A, Toni and Mark K have each added between 30k - 3k.
Unfortunately, as a team we have dropped to 14th position with Team Canada just a few metres ahead of us today.
On a positive note out of 47 ETT'er who have signed up 43 of you have contributed metres which is excellent.

What do you eat to fuel your rowing session?

Those long time readers of the blog will know I love a good bowl of roasted sweet potatoes to fuel my exercise. I sometimes make some vanilla oat pancakes post-workout depending on the type of session I rowed. 

Do you have a specific food you scoff before a work out?
Please share in the comments below.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

FTC 2016 Day Four

Our friendly rivals Team Canada have snatched the tenth spot so we are residing in 11th on day four of the Fall Team Challenge!

30 team mates have uploaded metres with Hardy in pole position this weekend which is excellent!
Keep up the awesome work team mates and I will do a more substantial evaluation of our first week of competition on Wednesday!

Keep rowing strong ETT'ers!

1Hartmut Dicke45FreiburgGER73,291m
2Andy Soyring56Chicago, ILUSA37,379m
3Andrew Lambert50WilmslowGBR32,500m
4Norman Haas60Overland Park, KSUSA31,144m
5Jim Moldenhauer59Eau Claire, WIUSA29,773m
6Mike Fogel61Tijeras, NMUSA28,098m
7Julie Suni56Berthoud, COUSA24,702m
8Tomasz Skowron53ŚwidnicaPOL24,452m
9Les Jones51DoncasterGBR23,000m
10Joseph Smyntek36Lackawanna, NYUSA21,725m
11Kenneth Murdoch47EpsomGBR21,434m
12Peter Clarke62Vail, COUSA19,000m
13Alex Kytsyk28Bloomfield, MIUSA18,323m
14David Acres41HarrogateGBR17,547m
15Caroline Joynson43LondonGBR17,000m
16Ian Clegg58NottinghamGBR16,624m
17John Digweed49SantiagoCHI15,937m
18John Dunn43LeedsGBR15,000m
19Karyn McNamara42Adelaide, SAAUS13,562m
20Neil Ryan49YorkGBR13,220m
21tim johnson69Fullerton, CAUSA12,825m
22Mike Bode59Stillwater, OKUSA12,577m
23Mike Schnell43USA12,000m
24Barb Chalfonte52Western, MAUSA11,678m
25Bouke Dieleman55NED11,341m
26Evan Jenkins37Harlem, NYUSA10,000m
27Jonathan Turns48Ivybridge,GBR10,000m
28Mike Soisson54Annapolis, MDUSA8,449m
29Edward Jackson63ExeterGBR7,750m
30Milan Vanquaille16BaaigemBEL7,104m

Thursday, 15 September 2016

FTC 2016 Day One

We have got 30 keen team mates signed up to the Fall Team Challenge and we have started the first day in 48th position out of 104 teams.

Lets hope that a whole bunch of team mates upload their metres after this blog post and the next time I check we have moved up the rankings. At the moment only Joe, new team mate Julie and myself have contributed metres.

1 Joseph Smyntek     9,729m
2 Julie Suni                8,741m
3 Caroline Joynson   6,000m

As if the benefits of health and fitness were not enough, to incentivise you further I am offering some stylish hand-decorated team T-shirts for the following achievements:

  • Most metres rowed
  • Best Female
  • Most enthusiastic team mate
  • Best new team mate
  • Personal best (metres or time)
The last few sets of winners T-shirts were appliquéd and embroidered and on this occasion I will screen-print the winning tees.

I am looking forward to rowing with you during this challenge. Look out for updates on the blog and on our Facebook team page too!


Saturday, 3 September 2016

August CTC Update and September Challenges

Hello folks! I hope you have had a great summer / winter break over August.

We floated two boats in the August Cross Team Challenge which was a rather interesting interval-of-sorts challenge of 500m, 400m, 300m, 200m, 100m that could be rowed at any time during the month from a standing start. The average of which had to be added to create a final tally....

A big thank you to the following team mates who got two boats in the points rankings:

28 pts
Empty the Tanks I6:20.0
Joseph Smyntek (H)
Galeere (H)
Kenneth Murdoch (H)
Rob Drury (L)
Eloisa Murdoch (F)

3 pts
Empty the Tanks II7:46.1
Mike Bode (H)
Jonathan Turns ETT (H)
Bill_Schmidt (L)
Caroline Joynson (L)
Amelia Jean (F)
The Cross Team Challenge for September is a simple ten minute row no restrictions set by Tribesports.

The Fall Team Challenge starts in twelve days time. Have you signed up yet?
Don't worry there is still time!
Go to your C2 logbook and click on the challenges page. There will be the Fall Team Challenge listed there and all you have to do to join in is to follow the links to sign up!

Row as many metres as you can between the 15th September and the 15th October 2016. Upload you metres to contribute to the team total.
We have historically done very well in the Fall Team Challenge and with an aim to beat our 2015 position of 9th place out of 271 teams we ask for everybody to give it a go. Every metre counts.

Looking forward to rowing with you all from the 15th September onwards!

Thursday, 4 August 2016

August Cross Team Challenge

The August Cross Team Challenge is a bit different:

Chosen by The Sprint Group 400/300/200/100 Average

Row four sprints during August.
(They don't need to be done on the same day.)
One 400m, one 300m, one 200m, and one 100m.
If you row more than one of the pieces as intervals each must be from a standing start.

Find the pace (time for 500m) for each of the four rows from your performance monitor.
Simply add the four paces together to give you an entry for this CTC.

For example

Distance Elapsed time Pace
400m 1:54.4 2:23.0
300m 1:18.5 2:10.8
200m 0:43.9 1:49.7
100m 0:20.0 1:40.0
Your CTC entry: 8:03.5

You can re-row any distance any time during the month and update your result with a better total pace.

There's a ready reckoner at: August CTC calculator

Ken and Rob have already given this session a go!

16Empty the Tanks I6:42.9
Kenneth Murdoch (H)
Rob Drury (L)

I'm on holiday for two weeks so I'll see you when I get back!

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Individual August Challenges

Dog Days Challenge

The Dog Days of Summer runs from August 1–28 and features a different total distance goal each week.

The Details
Row or ski, indoors or outdoors, completing each of the following four distance goals during the timeframes indicated and log them in your online logbook:
Week 1, Aug. 1–7: 10,000 metres
Week 2, Aug. 8–14: 20,000 metres
Week 3, Aug. 15–21: 30,000 metres
Week 4, Aug. 22–28: 40,000 metres
The distance goals do not have to be done in one sitting, but must be done during the timeframe indicated. By the end of the challenge, you will have accumulated 100,000 metres.

Rowlympic Challenge

August 5–21
Represent in the Rowlympics!

The Concept2 Rowlympic Challenge coincides with the Olympic Games. This rowing challenge celebrate the spirit and competition of the Games: represent your country by earning virtual medals (gold, silver, bronze) for the number of hours rowed. Hour totals are cumulative and do not need to be completed in one sitting.

The Details
Meet the following hour totals during the challenge dates.
Gold 15 hours
Silver 10 hours
Bronze 5 hours
This is an individual challenge. (You do not need to belong to a team to participate.)
Metres must be entered online.
Indoor rower and on water metres count.

One Boat Floated in July CTC

Yeah! We managed to float one boat in this months Cross Team Challenge.
A big thanks to the following team mates who rowed this session:

6 pts
Empty the Tanks I11:56.4
Mike Bode (H)
Kenneth Murdoch (H)
Bill_Schmidt (L)
Rob Drury (L)
Caroline Joynson (F)

79Empty the Tanks II12:46.3
Diggy (L)
In other news, Diggy finally received his ETT t-shirt in Chile. He he is doing an excellent job at modelling his tee with pride!