Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy New Year ETT'ers!

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and I hope you will all join us in starting 2018 with the Virtual Team Challenge which runs from the 1st January to the 31st January. Log onto your online C2 logbook to sign up by clicking either the Challenge or Team tabs (the button to press looks like the screen-shot below but on your own logbook)
There is also a new individual challenge called January Revolutions where you pledge to achieve set goals during the month of January. You can read more about it here or log onto your online logbook and find out for yourself.

January Revolutions Goals
You can choose from time, Calories or consistency—try to workout as many days as possible in January! Each type of goal has two different levels. Select your goal from the Challenges page of your Logbook after December 1. Then all you need to do is enter your workouts in your Logbook as you normally would, and your progress will be tracked on the Challenges page. Unlike most of our individual challenges, you need to opt-in to participate.

Name Description
The Streak Row, ski or ride for 20 days in January
The Stretch Row, ski or ride every day in January
The Haul Row, ski or ride for 15 hours in January
The Long Haul Row, ski or ride for 30 hours in January
The Burn Row, ski or ride 10,000 Calories in January
The Big Burn Row, ski or ride 20,000 Calories in January

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Merry Christmas and Holiday Challenge Update

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas fellow ETT'ers!

I hope you all get the chance to enjoy time with your family and friends with lots of fun, food and festivities. It has been a fantastic year rowing with you all this year, ETT wouldn't be the team it is without the camaraderie and support of such awesome team mates.

Did you manage to reach your 100k or 200k Holiday Challenge?
I just managed to sneak into the 100k today and hastily uploaded my metres today to qualify for the certificate and contribute to the charities selected by C2.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Holiday Challenge 2017

Towards the end of November you have the change to get involved in an individual challenge the details are as follows:
23rd November – 24th December

  • Row, ski and/or ride 100,000 metres or 200,000 meters from November 23 to 11:59 p.m. December 24.
  • Indoor rower, SkiErg and BikeErg metres only (no on water/on snow meters please). You can combine metres from each machine to reach the challenge goal. Note: Note: BikeErg metres are counted as half when applied to the challenge. Learn more about BikeErg metres below in How To Participate.
  • Support great causes with your metres! Read about this year’s charities below.
  • This is an individual challenge. Teams are not used for this challenge.
  • The Kids' Holiday Challenge allows kids (aged 16 and under) to participate at 50,000 metres.
  • Adaptive athletes can choose to participate at the 50k, 100k, or 200k levels.
  • Deadline for entering metres: 11:59 pm GMT (6:59 pm ET), January 4th.

Holiday Challenge Charities

There's also a charitable giving aspect to the Holiday Challenge. Here's how it works: For every person who rows, skis or rides 100k during the challenge, Concept2 will donate $.02 per kilometre (1000 metres) to your choice of this year's charities. Once you get beyond 100k, we'll donate $.04 per additional kilometre. 
In order for your metres to count, however, you must choose a charity from the front page of your Logbook (or select "Let Concept2 Choose" if you don't have a preference). For kids and adaptive participants, the $.04 rate will take effect at 50k. Note: BikeErg metres count for half the distance when calculating your Holiday Challenge metres and any related donation.
The 2017 charities are:
Looking forward to seeing you all get involved!

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Skeleton Crew 25th - 31st October 2017

25th – 31st October

In honour of Halloween the Skeleton Crew Challenge runs from the 25th - 31st October. It's a great way to earn all that Halloween treats!

The Details

  • Row and/or ski at least 31,000 metres between October 25 and October 31.
  • This is an individual challenge. (You do not need to belong to a team to participate.)
  • Meters must be entered online.
  • Indoor rower and SkiErg meters only (no on water/on snow metres please). You can combine meters from each machine to reach 31,000 metres.
  • Kid's Skeleton Crew Challenge allows kids (aged 16 and under) to participate at 10,000 metres.
  • Adaptive athletes can choose to participate at the 10,000 or 31,000 metre level.

Who Can Participate

Anyone with an online logbook at can participate in this challenge.

Incentives and Rewards

Participants who meet the challenge can enjoy:
  • Name inclusion on the Skeleton Crew Honor Boards.
  • A specially designed downloadable certificate.
  • The option to purchase Skeleton Crew goodies at our third-party fulfillment vendor (availability varies by country).

Sunday, 15 October 2017

FTC 2017 Final Week

It's the final day of the Fall Team Challenge and at the present time we are in 23rd place out of 481 world-wide teams.
We just slipped down behind Rowing for Beer team but we may sneak past them when all our metres have been uploaded over the next two days.

The top ten team mates are as follows:

Dave is still at the top of the team and Emma is our top female rower. Congratulations to you both!
Rob and Andy are so close with only 204 metres between them!
Ken, Les and Mike erged their way into 200k club. Nice one lads.
Hector, Tomasz and Jeff have contributed over 160k+ metres and are the final crew in the top ten.

The next set of team mates have contributed between 150k - 50k

The final set of team mates contributed between 39k - 3k

Thanks for your contributions this challenge team.
The next team event starts on 1st January 2018 to the 31st January.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

FTC 2017 Week Three

This year's Fall Team Challenge is going so fast. We have finished week three and are entering into the final stretch of competition on Monday.

We have slipped into 22nd place out of 481 teams which puts us in the top 5% of teams.

Our top ten team mates week are:

We have our first ever female leader in a team competition. A huge congratulations goes out to Emma!
The rest of the team are all giving it their all. Nice work team.

Keep going gang!
There is only seven more days of competition left. Can we zip past team Timbuktwo in 21st place?

Sunday, 1 October 2017

FTC 2017 Week Two

We are still in 20th place out of 476 world-wide teams that puts us in the top 4% of teams!

Individual team mates have been rowing hard this week with 47 members signed up to the FTC.
42 ETT'ers have uploaded metres contributing to a total of 2,309,198 metres - only 100k behind the Flower City Crossfit team!

The top ten team mates in week two are:

Well done to all, including the rest of the team who are erging away like mad too!

Saturday, 23 September 2017

FTC 2017 Week One

One week into the challenge and we have rowed an impressive 1,297,017 metres which places us in 20th position out of 426 teams. That's the top 5%.

We have a different collective of top ten team mates this week which is interesting:

Jeff is in first place and has smashed through the one million metres in a week.
Tomasz in second place giving him some stiff competition.
Ken M has almost reached 1MM.
James and Hector have rowed 70k+ and our top female Emma is catching them up with 61k.
David, Les, Caroline and Jim are close to and beyond 50k+.

Of the 44 team mates who have signed up for the challenge, 37 have contributed metres.

A big thank you to the following ETT'ers who have uploaded their hard work:

Jim Moldenhauer, Mike Fogel, Jeff Doubleday, Bouke Dieleman, Andy Soyring, Julie Suni, William Doughty, Mike Bode, John Betts, Norman Haas, Gary McCormack, Preston Zale, Edward Jackson, Andrew Lambert, Evan Jenkins, Joseph Smyntek, Robert Ayres, John Bilis, Adrianne Davidson, Tim Adams, Mark Bower, Jurjen Borst, Hartmut Dicke, Larry Williams, Dan Usher, Jan Van Der Horst and Mark Kaehler.

Let's see how we get on in week two. We are only 40k behind Flower City Crossfit team, maybe we can sneak past them this weekend?
Have you any stories / personal bests to share with me?

Saturday, 16 September 2017

FTC 2017 Day One

We have 37 team team mates signed up and ready to erg for the 2017 Fall Team Challenge.
16 team mates have already uploaded metres and we finished day one in 20th place out of 194 world-wide teams.

Our lead team mate on the first day of the challenge is Ken M, followed closely by Mike F and Andy S.

It's a good start ETT'ers. Please share any of your aims, training programmes or personal bests with us on the blog, Facebook group or e-mail me (

Friday, 1 September 2017

Summer Update and Upcoming Challenges

Lots of ETT'ers took part in the Dog Days of Summer individual challenge. Congratulations goes out all who completed it!

Thank you to the following awesome team mates who rowed the 200m Cross Team Challenge. In the month of August we had 13 team mates compete.
Hats off to the Murdoch family with Ken sweet talking his whole family to take part. Thanks to Eloisa, Hannah and Catherina Murdoch - such great spirit there! It's also great to see so many female ETT'ers get involved too.

80 pts
Empty the Tanks I0:36.3
Joseph Smyntek (H)
James Groessler (H)
Kenneth Murdoch (H)
Rob Drury (L)
Eloisa Murdoch (F)

24 pts
Empty the Tanks II0:42.1
Jonathan Turns ETT (H)
Mike Bode (H)
Jim Moldenhauer (H)
Amelia Jean (L)
Hannah Murdoch (F)

194Empty the Tanks III1:02.0
SophiaMichael (L)
Catherina Murdoch (L)
Caroline Joynson (F)

The September Cross Team Challenge is a straight forward 6,000 metres from a standing start. Great timing for the Fall Team Challenge which kicks off on the 15th September.

Row as many metres collectively as a team from the 15th September until the 15th October. Last year we finished in 15th place out of 393 teams which places us in the top 4% of world-wide teams. 

In 2015 we finished in the top 3% of teams in 9th place. We want to break that 2015 record.
ETT can only do this with lots of you taking part. It's more fun if we all participate and rack up those metres! It is also more motivating if we have a bit of banter on the Facebook page and on the blog. 

So, who is with me?

Sign up on your logbook on your 'Challenges' page or find the link via your 'Teams' page too.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

August Update

How are you getting on with the Dog Days of Summer individual challenge?

Dog Days Challenge

August 1–28
Complete the Dog Days of Summer challenge by finishing each of the following four distance goals in the timeframes indicated and log them in your online logbook:
  • Week 1, Aug. 1–7: 10,000 meters
  • Week 2, Aug. 8–14: 20,000 meters
  • Week 3, Aug. 15–21: 30,000 meters
  • Week 4, Aug. 22–28: 40,000 meters
Distances are cumulative (you don't have to complete 10,000 metres in one sitting, for instance), and all metres—rowing or skiing, indoors or out—count. Plus, this year, we've added an optional level for kids and adaptive athletes.
I have to confess a holiday in San Francisco and time spent on the turbo trainer at home has meant my efforts in this challenge have been pretty slack! On a positive note the cross-training effects of hiking, biking and boxing classes should have me fighting fit for the upcoming Fall Team Challenge in September.

The August Cross Team Challenge a 'Bolt from the Blue' set by Fitness Matters is a speedy 200 metres unrestricted row. A simple and effective session that you can tag on the end of a mid-length row after a good warm-up.

Thanks to the following team mates we have already floated our first boat into the points rankings:

6 pts
Empty the Tanks I0:44.4
Kenneth Murdoch (H)
Mike Bode (H)
Rob Drury (L)
SophiaMichael (L)
Caroline Joynson (F)

Have you rowed anywhere exotic this summer?
Are you still rowing in the garage because the weather is freezing where you live?

Keep in touch and let us know how you are getting on.

Wishing you a great summer ETT'ers.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

USA Team Mate Jim M visits London!

Jim Moldenhauer from Wisconsin, USA has been a long-standing dedicated ETT member. Last week he e-mailed me to say he was in the UK for a holiday with his wife for a few days. He actually visited London last summer but our schedules did not work out. Luckily, today we managed a quick catch up this morning at the Imperial War Museum!

We met outside the museum and when the doors open at 10.00am we headed straight for the cafe to grab a cuppa and had a great chat. It felt very fitting that our Empty The Tanks team mate photo was in front of a tank!

Saturday, 1 July 2017

July Cross Team Challenge

This month's Cross Team Challenge has been set by DLC Gidea Park Team.

4 km Up and Down
Row the following intervals pyramid (with 1 min rest for each 250m rowed):

Row 250 metres, rest for 1 minute
Row 500m, rest for 2 minutes
Row 750m, 3 minutes rest
Row 1000m, rest 4 mins
Row 750m, 3 minutes rest
Row 500m, rest for 2 minutes
Row 250m and finish

Standing start for the opening 250m. Other six can be rolling starts.
There are no other restrictions.
Record your total time for 4000 metres of rowing.

Good Luck ETT'ers!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Summer Solstice Row 21st June

Who is going to celebrate the Summer Solstice by rowing 21,000 metres on Wednesday?
You don't need to row all the metres in one go but split it into more manageable chinks. The other alternative is you row 21,097 metres and qualify for a half marathon!

More information about the Summer Solstice here:

The Details

  • Row or ski 21,000 meters on June 21.
  • Meters can be rowed/skied all at once in one workout or over several workouts throughout the day.
  • If you add 97 meters to row/ski 21,097 meters, or a half-marathon, it needs to be rowed/skied all at once in order to qualify to be a ranked piece.
  • This is an individual challenge. (You do not need to belong to a team to participate.)
  • Meters must be entered online.
  • Indoor rower, SkiErg, on water and on snow meters count. You can combine meters to reach 21,000 meters.

Who Can Participate

Anyone with an online logbook at can participate in this challenge.

Incentives and Rewards

Participants who meet the challenge can enjoy:
  • Name inclusion on the Summer Solstice Challenge Honor Boards.
  • A specially designed downloadable certificate.
  • Option to purchase a Summer Solstice Challenge items from our third-party fulfillment vendor (availability varies by country).
Good luck ETT'ers!

Sunday, 30 April 2017

2016 - 2017 Season Ends today!

Hey ETT'ers, just a quick reminder to you all to upload or rank your metres and work-outs as the 2016-17 season ends today.

As a team we currently reside in 15th place in the world-wide affiliation rankings out of 2167 teams. We are in the top 1% of teams!

We are in the top ten of virtual teams!

We have almost rowed 50,000,000 metres this season!
Individual achievements within our team are as follows:
  • Tomasz, Ken and Steve have rowed over 3 million metres!
  • Hardy and Diggy almost erged 2 million
  • Andy S, Mike B and Mike F reached 1.5 million
  • Rob D, Alex, Hans-Jorg, Joe S and Rainer have rowed over 1 million
  • In the almost 1 million metres club is Edward, Phil, Emma (highest performing female in the team, 
  • Mike S, Preston, Robert, Karyn, Dan, Evan, Caroline and Leslie rowed over 800k
  • With over 700k we have Norman and Beate
  • Nick, John, Todor and Jim rowed more than 600k
  • Hitting half a million metres is John F, John B and Susanne
  • Jeff, Jonathan, Jorg and David achieved over 400k
  • Les, Kim, Milan, Duncan, Gary, Andrew and Allan hit 300k
  • The 200k'ers are Jay 19, Thomas, Andrew, Gus, Mark L, Justin, Pieter, Ian and Mike
  • Those who hit over 100k are Mark K, Mike S, Jan, Ric, David, Mark B, David R, Ellie, Bouke, Hector and Paul
  • The remaining team mates contributed between 1k to 85k. Thanks to Toni, Neil, John D, John G, Epsen, Simon, Elizabeth, Barb, Mike P, Kevin, Joe C, Alison, Wayne, Daniel, Natalie, Esa, Lisa, Dave R, Michael C, Lance, Eloisa, Amelia, Jeff W and Alex S.
Excellent work team mates and all the best for the 2017-2018 season!

Sunday, 16 April 2017

WEC 2017 Final Standings

After 32 days of competition for the World Erg Challenge we have finished in 19th place out of 347 teams which places us in the top 5% of world-wide teams.

We finished in 2nd place for virtual teams with 21-50 team members!

We collectively rowed 4,757,654 metres which is 2,956 miles (or 4,757 kilometres).
To put that into perspective, it is the equivalent distance from London to Nigeria!

Or from New York to the Yukon Territory in Canada!

Individual achievements are as follows:

Preston impressed us all with his unrelenting mission to stay in first place with 600k. Nice one. You deserve a rest today!

In second place Bill S hit an awesome 471k, closely followed by Ken M with 426k in third place. Excellent work guys you are the only members of the 400k club!

Steve C had a memorable return to the team with 323k and a fourth place position in the individual standings! Well done.

Tomasz rowed into fifth place with 284k and Kim retained her top ETT female credentials with 275k. Mike B achieved 5 million lifetime metres during the WEC with 202k! Andy S and Allan H both rowed 200k and are the final members of the 200k club this challenge!

Caroline is the 10th team mate with 138k, followed by a brilliant bunch of team mates including; David G with 122k, Mike F with 119k, Joe S with 117k, Edward J with 108k, Evan with 107k and Leslie with 105k.

Emma, Jurjen and Todor almost made it into the 100k club this challenge with a decent meterage of 94k, 88k, and 82k respectively.

Hans-Jorg, Les, Rob D, Mike S, John B, Hardy, Tim, Susanne, Alan T, Mark K, Jonathan T, Craig, Mike D, Robert, Dalip, Karyn, Diggy, Jackie, Esa and  John B all invaluably contributed their time, energy and metres to support the team with between 65k - 13k!

Thank you to those who have rowed metres and the encouraging comments on the blog or Facebook page. Empty the Tanks wouldn't be the open, honest and friendly place it is without you all contributing to make it such a fantastic team!

You all get to rest a little bit as the next team challenge does not start until 15th September 2017 until 15th October 2017. Until then you have the Cross Team Challenges, Individual Challenges and a whole host of other rowing events to keep you out of mischief!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

WEC 2017 Week Four

It's the final week and with only three more days of competition can we sneak up to 17th place in the rankings?
We are currently in 18th place out of 346 world-wide teams, this places us in the top 5%.
If you compare us with other virtual teams with 21-50 members we are in 2nd place!

Not bad for 39 ergers rowing an average of 100k each!

I will do a full round up of individual achievements on the final day of the World Erg Challenge, Saturday 15th April. For those of you who observe Easter you will be able to have an awesome Sunday lunch with extra dessert to celebrate!

Will our top ten change in the next three days?

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

WEC 2017 Week Three

This month is motoring along at warp speed; a bit like our top ten team mates in the World Erg Challenge!

  • Preston is nearly at 500k!
  • Bill S is still his super self with over 330k
  • Ken M is almost at 300k
  • Kim is back on form and smashing the top female spot with 275k
  • Tomasz is enjoying the 200k club
  • Steve C is chasing for a top 5 slot
  • Allan is on fire with 140k
  • Mike B is on excellent erg duty with 138k
  • Andy is in the 100k club
  • Only 3k to go for Joe S to hit 100k

Not bad for week three everybody. Let's see if we can shake it up a bit and move up to 17th place by the end of the week!?

Saturday, 1 April 2017

April CTC and March CTC Update

April Fool's Day?

I've just checked the CTC website and I'm not sure if this is an April Fool's Cross Team Challenge but the row for this month is:

Apr 2017 - The Flying Fish
Row one round of the fish game.
Record your score for 4 minutes

For those who have never played it follow this link for information.

In last months challenge seven team mates rowed the 5142 metres for the Bob Spenger Memorial Row and we managed to float one boat in the points rankings. A big thank you to Epsom, Joe, Ken, Bill, Mark and Rob for entering the March CTC!

35 pts
Empty the Tanks I20:22.3
Espen Holm (H)
Joseph Smyntek (H)
Kenneth Murdoch (H)
Bill_Schmidt (L)
Caroline Joynson (F)

106Empty the Tanks II22:56.4
Mark Kaehler (H)
Rob Drury (L)

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

WEC 2017 Week Two

In fourteen days we have rowed an impressive 2,472,244 metres which is an average of 63k each.
We are in 18th place out of 333 world-wide teams and we are in 2nd place if you compare ourselves with virtual teams with 21-50 team members!

Our top ten team mates have been smashing it on the erg this week! Let's check out their metres:

We have 39 team mates signed up to this challenge and we could always do with a few more metres so see if you can encourage some family or friends to join us in our mission to reach the top 3% of world-wide erg teams!

Please share your WEC stories here on the blog or our team Facebook page.
  • How have you got on this week?
  • Did you achieve any personal best times or distances?

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

WEC 2017 Week One

We are really motoring on Spring / Fall energies this week and are in 18th place out of 286 world-wide teams.

32 team mates have signed up to the World Erg Challenge with 28 members contributing metres to the teams total standings in the first week of competition.

Our top ten ergers have rowed some impressive metres in seven days. 
Congratulations to the following ETT'ers; especially Preston who is in pole position with over 175k!!
Our top female rower, Kim is a close second with 116k with Bill S in third place with 116k.

Keep up the momentum ETT'ers and let's knock CRUfit off 16th place by the end of next week!