Monday, 31 December 2018

Happy New Year ETT'ers!


With 2018 drawing to a close today I wanted to wish you all a very Happy New Year!
Also to remind you that the first team challenge of the year, the January Virtual Challenge starts on the 1st January until the 31st January 2019.
You can read more about it here. Go to your C2 online logbook to sign up; we currently have 23 team-mates ready to go! You have until the 16th January to take part (sign up) otherwise your metres will not count towards the team metres total.

In addition to the JVTC, there is an individual challenge where you can set your own month-long rowing related resolution based on the following options (you will need to choose your options on your own logbook).


Monday, 24 December 2018

Merry Christmas ETT'ers!


Congratulations and thank you to all of you who took part in the Holiday Challenge and I wish you all have a wonderful time this Christmas!

Monday, 26 November 2018

Holiday Challenge 2018!


  • Row, ski and/or ride 100,000 metres or 200,000 meters from November 22 to 11:59 p.m. December 24.
  • Indoor rower, SkiErg and BikeErg meters only (no on water/on snow meters please). You can combine metres from each machine to reach the challenge goal.
  • 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.
Are you taking part this holiday season?

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Skeleton Crew 2018


Did you take part in this year's Skeleton Crew row of 31,000 metres in 7 days?
From the 25th Oct - 31st Oct if you rowed 31k you will have your name mentioned on the honours board!

Congratulations to the following ETT'ers who took part:

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Fall Team Challenge 2018 Final Standings

Hello ETT'ers!

The last two weeks of the challenge flew by and we managed to clock up an impressive amount with over 5.5 million metres between us and finished in 19th place in the overall standings.



 I will update you on individual achievements after the 18th October which is the last day for uploading your metres to your logbook!

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Fall Team Challenge 2018 Week Two

After two weeks of erging we are coming to the half-way point of the challenge.
We are in 19th position out of 550 teams which places us in the top 3%! Nice work people!


We need to keep an eye on Crossfit Dream Rowing Club as they are only 100k behind us.

Individual achievements this week are impressive. Let's start with the top ten team-mates:


  • Steve-the-machine is still in pole position with nearly 300k!
  • Dave R is holding his own with 272k+
  • Ken M is only metres away from 150k
  • Rob is hot on Ken's heels with 148k!
  • Kevin is erging in another time zone with 131k
  • Phil, Andy and Evan have erged into the 100k+ club this week!
  • Mike is in the 'nearly 100k club' with 90k
  • Julie our top performing female team-mate with 84k

Contributions from the rest of the team have helped us achieve our top 3% position.
A big shout out to the following ETT'ers:


Peter Clarke 82,000m
John Fewtrell 75,000m
Les Jones 72,000m
hector m guerrero villa 65,197m
James Groessler 63,659m
Darren Whetton 59,121m
Robert Rapoza 57,185m
Hans-Jörg Rebstein 55,967m
Barb Chalfonte 51,506m
William Doughty 48,444m
John Digweed 48,283m
Zjev Ambagts 48,234m
ROBERT AYRES 46,069m
Caroline Joynson 45,000m
Olav Lofthaug 40,261m
Harold Duis 37,268m
Preston Zale 37,176m
Lance Peters 37,000m
Edward Jackson 34,250m
Mark Bower 33,102m
Richard Conrad 32,588m
Jim Moldenhauer 21,425m
Norman Haas 20,207m
Larry Williams 19,702m
Joseph Smyntek 15,769m
Bouke Dieleman 11,602m
Andrew Lambert 10,208m
Mark Kaehler 6,989m
Dan Usher 5,000m
Jurjen Borst 3,671m

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Fall Team Challenge 2018 Week One

Hello, fellow ergers!
Thank you for your well-wishes last week, I am now feeling better and have managed to make a slow return to regular eating and exercise.
We have had a surge of fellow team-mates uploading metres and we are currently in 18th position out of 486 worldwide teams.


The top 15 team-mates have contributed 35k or more each.

  • Our top performer, Steve has rowed an impressive 170k! An amazing effort there Steve-the-machine-Coles
  • David R is comfortably residing in second place but is giving Steve something to look out for!
  • Peter C and Ken M have exceeded 60k and are in third and fourth place respectively
  • Evan J is erging in Harlem, NYC with 59k
  • Rob has amassed 50k and at this rate should hit 200k by the end of the competition
  • Hans, Darren, Hector, Kevin and Andy are all erging it with 44k+
  • Our top performing female team-mate Julie has hit 42k
  • James, Harold and Les have rowed an average of 5k a day to hit 40k+


Thanks to the rest of ETT who have also contributed to our 18th place position:



Keep me posted on any PB's, fun workout ideas and other erging news on the blog, or Facebook or by e-mail ett@oddpost.co.uk.

Good luck for the week ahead and I'll catch you next Sunday!

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Fall Team Challenge 2018 Day One

Hello folks, it is that time of year again where we all pull together as a team for the Fall Team Challenge. I have to excuse myself for not yet taking part as I've had a nasty stomach virus which has wiped me out for the last four days. I hope to be back on the erg next week to do my bit for the team.

We have healthy numbers signed up and 11 ETT'ers have already uploaded their contributions placing us in the top 30 teams out of 212.


We have some regulars back in the top ten with Lance P striking out in pole position, Andy S in second and Darren W in third!

Julie is the top ranking female in ETT on day one of the FTC in 9th place.


I look forward to rowing our way further up the rankings and at the moment (until I'm feeling better) I will cheer you on and motivate us to beat our 2015 FTC result of finishing in the top 3% with 10th place out of 272 teams.

Keep up the awesome work ETT'ers.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Fall Team Challenge starts on the 15th September

Hello, ETT'ers. I hope you all had a good summer/winter and are ready for some erging action this September. I had a little break from posting this summer but it will be business as usual for our 9th Fall Team Challenge that starts in two weeks time.

Row, ski or ride as many metres as you can between 15th September - 15th October.
Upload your metres to contribute to the team totals.

I am looking forward to hearing about your personal journeys, PB's, routines and metres during the challenge and all you need to do to join in, is to sign up on your C2 online logbook (screenshot of what to look out for is below).

Read more details about it at the link here.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Summer Solstice Row 21st June

Hello all, I hope you have been enjoying the warmer weather in the UK.
To help boost your 2019 season metres there is an individual challenge next week on the 21st June to celebrate the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice Challenge.


The Details
  • Row, ski or ride 21,000 metres on June 21.
  • Note: BikeErg metres are counted as half when applied to the challenge.
  • Metres can be done all at once in one workout (Set Up a Single Distance Workout) or over several workouts throughout the day.
  • If you add 97 metres to row/ski 21,097 metres, 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.)
  • Metres must be entered online.
  • Indoor rower, SkiErg, BikeErg, on water and on snow metres count. You can combine metres to reach 21,000 metres.
Who is going to join in the keep fit fun?

Sunday, 15 April 2018

WEC 2018 Final Week!

Hello folks. I hope you have all enjoyed the final week of the World Erg Challenge. In the UK we have had the craziest spring weather for years with freezing snowy temperatures followed by rain, fog and finally sunshine! The saying goes April showers followed by May flowers.

On the final day we have finished in 17th place out of 357 teams, which places us in the top 5%! Nice work team.


Individual achievements from team mates are as follows:




Awesome work team. You have worked hard this challenge helping us into the top twenty teams in the world.

If you filter the teams by virtual with 21-50 members we are 2nd in the world!


The next team challenge isn't until 15th September - 15th October but there will be plenty of individual challenges to keep us busy in the mean time:

Row 2000m with one minute rest
500m with two minutes rest
500m with three minutes rest
Finish with 500m


Thanks for your hard work and energy team! We are on a roll x

Monday, 9 April 2018

WEC 2018 Week Three

How have you all been? I hope you have enjoyed the longer Easter weekend last week and have scoffed all those Easter eggs already. Luckily we need that extra springtime energy for the last stretch of the World Erg Challenge.


We are currently in 17th place out of 356 world-wide teams. We are sandwiched between Final Results Fitness (a team 114 ergers strong!) and Team Ruderathelet who are a similar size to us.
We need to hold out until Sunday if we don't want to drop any places or dig deep and smash out a few extra metres to row past Final Results Fitness.

Team Achievements are as follows:



Have fun this week and don't forget to tag me / email / Facebook me with any PB's or erging achievements you have encountered during the WEC 2018.

See you at the finish line on Sunday 15th April!

Sunday, 1 April 2018

WEC 2018 Week Two & Happy Easter!

Wishing you all a Happy Easter (if you celebrate it)!

Onto the review of the second week of the World Erg Challenge and we are in 17th place out of 353 world-wide teams placing us in the top 5%!
Onto some fun news, Edward J celebrated his birthday on the 30th March. Happy Birthday Edward!
We have been rowing hard again over the past fortnight and at the halfway point of the challenge so tighten up your feet straps and keep erging!


Awesome work from our regular members and newbies alike:




Sunday, 25 March 2018

WEC 2018 Week One

Ten days into the World Erg Challenge and we have rowed our way into the top 20 world-wide teams.

We have collectively rowed nearly 2 million metres with an average of  42k each. 44 team mates has signed up to the competition and 39 have uploaded metres to contribute to the team totals.

The top ten team mates are erging hard and have achieved the following individual achievements:


Keep erging folks and I'll see you here for the weekly update next Sunday! 

Sunday, 18 March 2018

WEC 2018 First Few Days

On day three of the World Erg Challenge we are in 17th place out of 225 teams.



20 team mates have uploaded metres and we have erged 428,832 metres so far and look set to hit one million metres by the end of the week.

Individual achievements are below:


Have you any personal challenges you are working on during this competition?
Share them here or on the Facebook team page to get some support and encouragement from fellow ETT'ers!
Looking forward to rowing with you again this challenge team mates.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

World Erg Challenge 2018 starts tomorrow!

Get signed up folks! The World Erg Challenge starts tomorrow until the 15th April.
Please join the rest of the ETT'ers for a fitness packed month of erging. Beat some PB's or just get back into the routine of regular rowing again. All abilities and ages welcome as always.

Follow this link to find out more and log into your C2 logbooks to sign up.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

VTC 2018 Completed!

After a few days of rest we can reflect back upon the first team challenge of 2018. We worked well as a team and collectively uploaded over 6,600,00 metres!
We finished in 23rd position out of 566 world-wide teams which places us in the top 4%. Pretty darn good huh?!


Onto individual achievements from ETT:





Our top team mate and sole member of the 400k club, Ken M rowed his way to pole position with 421k. Excellent work there Ken we are so impressed with your dedication!









In second place, Nick W was close behind Ken with 380k and Rob D took third place with 354k. David H and Andy S also enjoyed the kudos of the 300k club with 348k and 322k respectively. What a brilliant achievement in one month of indoor rowing!








The 200k club turned into an all mens fitness club with Tomasz, 284k, Beate, 270k, Phil H, 251k, David G, 240k, Mike B, 226k, Richard C, 222k and Mark B 201k churning out some amazing results!





The most rowdy club has to be the infamous 100k club!
Such party animals in this crowd starting with Steve C (only 5k away from the 200k club!), Hans, 162k, Hector, 141k, Jim M, 136k, Diggy, 127k, Julie S (our top performing female!) 126k, Jeff K, 121k, Preston, 120k, Joe S, 120k, Caroline, 113k, Harmut, 112k, Jeff D, 110k, Mike P, 108k, Susanne, 104k, Rainer, 101k, Lance P, 101k, Les J, 100k.
Nice work there ETT'ers!






The nearly 100k club was lead by Stephen H followed by Jan, Edward J, Freek and Emma H. Great effort everyone!









Finally the remaining team mates have contributed between 70k - 15k. Thanks so much for your metres starting with Larry, John B, Mike S, Jurjen, Andrew H, Norman, John S, Anne, Leslie, Allan, Evan, John B, Milan (our youngest contributor on this challenge at 17 years!) Alan T, Neil, Mike F, Mark K, Peter, Andrew, Susan and Bouke!
You are all awesome!



That's a wrap for another Virtual Team Challenge! You all deserve a good chill out this weekend and you have time to either totally chill or get fighting fit for the World Erg Challenge starting on 15th March until 15th April.

Thanks so much for being part of Empty the Tanks.
We just wouldn't be the team we are without all your hard work ETT'ers.
Erging hard(ish) since 2009!

Sunday, 28 January 2018

VTC 2018 Week Four

We are in the final stretch of the Virtual Team Challenge in 23rd place out of 562 teams.


We have three more days to make a difference to the standings. I will post my final update with individual achievements on the final day of the challenge on Wednesday 31st January.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

VTC 2018 Week Three

In week three of the competition we are in 23rd place out of 562 teams.

We have rowed over 4 million metres collectively in 21 days.

Individual achievements are as follows:




We move into the final stretch of the competition in the next few days.
Row strong and keep Team Ruderathlet on their toes. Maybe we can nudge Indoor Rowing Islas Baleares away from 22nd place?