Tuesday, 31 December 2013

New Year, new competitions AND a new team mate

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year.
Row hard in 2014!

Cross Team Challenge

Mad Team have set this months Cross Team Challenge which is a straight forward, no rate restrictions 5,000 metres! Enter the time it takes to complete 5k - this should be well participated by ETT'ers!
We need to get more than one boat in the rankings in January to start the year off (and the VTC 2014) as we mean to go on...

The Rowing Company Challenge Series Round Five

A simple 10,000 metres Gut buster!

January Virtual Team Challenge 2014

If you haven't already signed up for the Virtual Team Challenge there is still time to start the year off as you mean to go on. We also have a new team mate, Brandon who has joined the following team mates raring to go. Ease yourself out of a hang-over and the over indulgences of the festive season by erging your heart out to some funky tunes for the next team challenge.


1 Andy Soyring
2 Mark Bower
3 Bouke Dieleman
4 Leslie Fox
5 John Digweed
6 Mike Schnell
7 Karyn McNamara
8 Steve Coles
9 Norman Haas
10 Caroline Joynson
11 Jean Curran
12 Mike Bode
13 Michael Siers
14 Rob Drury
15 Todor Petrov
16 Richard Young
17 Michael Denomy
18 Teodora Petrova
19 Joseph Smyntek
20 Paul Merhib
21 Mike Fogel
22 Lucas Nightingale
23 Rainer Saad
24 Wayne Hollinshead
25 Jeff Kuecker
26 Lisa Kuecker
27 Brandon Perry

Monday, 30 December 2013

Core exercises

Chris has introduced me to Foundation Training which is a series of core exercises created by Dr. Eric Goodman. The simple exercises have been created to build a strong core to allieviate back problems and hip mobility issues (Dave P and Paul M try these out!!).

More information can be found here: http://foundationtraining.com/core


Chris and I have been doing the 'Founder' stretch holding it for 15 seconds three times every day for a month now - initially my lower back and the top of my hamstrings ached a bit due to the Founder exercise 'waking up some lazy muscles', but now I am feeling stronger in my core.

Try this as part of your New Year exercise regime ETT'ers!

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Holiday Challenge 2013 ETT results AND a new team mate

Hello folks, hope you all had a great Christmas and for those UK team mates are having a great Boxing Day chill out.

23 ETT'ers participated in this years competition, including our newest team mate Lisa (Jeff K's wife) here are the results of the 2013 Holiday Challenge.

New team mate  Lisa K (Jeff's wife) from USA





















Firstly, excellent work to the hard-core amongst you who went for the 200k challenge, particularly Steve C with 600k+, Beat with 400k+ and Jeff with 300k!

1 Steve Coles 647,167
2 Beat Emch 411,015
3 Jeff Kuecker 300,390
4 Todor Petrov 269,971
5 Lisa Kuecker 255,776
6 Joseph Smyntek 215,236
7 Karyn McNamara 209,087
8 Rainer Saad 201,245
9 Andy Soyring 200,190
10 Mike Schnell 200,080
11 Mark Bower 200,000

The remaining team mates met the requirements of the 100k challenge - nice work people!

12 Teodora Petrova 153,628
13 Steve Hull 133,492
14 Bouke Dieleman 131,488
15 Caroline Joynson 125,700
16 Mike Bode 125,612
17 Leslie Fox 125,024
18 Rob Drury 111,781
19 Norman Haas 108,964
20 Pieter Goes 101,198
21 Michael Denomy 101,000
22 Jo Moseley 100,651
23 Richard Young 100,000

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas everyone!

Have a fabulous Christmas ETT'ers!
Who is going to join me for a Christmas Day row? I'm rowing a light session before breakfast, then its onto a few fun films with my family and this afternoon it's Christmas dinner and present time!
Enjoy yourselves today and I'll post about the Holiday Challenge tomorrow.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Virtual team Challenge

Its Christmas Eve and whilst you are getting ready for the feast and frivolity ahead think about the New Year and how much you want to get involved in the next Team Challenge.
It used to be known as the January Team Challenge but it has recently been renamed the Virtual Team Challenge.

The following team mates have signed up:


1 Andy Soyring
2 Mark Bower
3 Leslie Fox
4 Caroline Joynson
5 Michael Siers
6 Todor Petrov
7 Michael Denomy
8 Joseph Smyntek
9 Rainer Saad
10 Wayne Hollinshead

If you want to take part (new team mates Jeff and Lisa recently asked for clarification on this) follow these instructions on the tab at the top of my blog entitled Team Competitions.

To sign up to a team competition find the 'team tab' on the C2 on-line logbook and click the button to join the next challenge - look out for the highlighted section like in the image below.

After joining the metres you row on your own machine will automatically be added to the team total for the duration of the challenge.


Sunday, 22 December 2013

Holiday Challenge!

How are you getting on with the holiday challenge?
Its been a slow burner for me this year with work, house renovations and the usual festive preparations to squeeze in.
Only two more days of the holiday challenge left - Are you going to reach your 100k or 200k goal?

Thursday, 12 December 2013

New team mate!

Welcome to our new team mate Jeff from Margarita, USA. He has bought his own model D and is keen to put in some decent metres; he is averaging about 10k a day.
Great to have you on board!

Boat One floated in Dec CTC

Wahooooo! We have our first boat floated in the points rankings! New team mate Karys has helped us out. We have some impressive times from the boys with Epson in the top 20.

10
4 pts
Empty the Tanks I7:41.9
Espen Holm (H) 6:58.4
Bouke Dieleman (H) 7:15.1
Norman Haas (H) 7:49.1
Rob Drury (L) 7:43.4
Karyn McNamara (F) 8:43.6

Monday, 9 December 2013

BIRC 2013 news

Hi all, our only team mate Edward who had entered the BIRC this year had to pull out of racing on Sunday due a number of unforseen circumstances - all related to house matters (boiler breaking, flooding etc)... Which is a shame but there is always next year!

To ease his conscience he rowed a pretty impressive 2k time last weekend as part of his training program with 7:32.9 which is only a couple of seconds off his BIRC 2012 PB last March! This places Edward in the top 10% of his age group on the C2 world rankings. If he had been there on Sunday it would have put him in 7th position in this year's line up.

Friday, 6 December 2013

New team mate

We have been joined by a new team mate called Karyn,  from Australia.
Look out for her in the CTC competitions because she is keen to help us float more boats each month.
Welcome to the team Karyn!

Rainer Record holder!

Last weekend, Rainer and a bunch of his Estonian indoor rowing friends had 24-hour rowing contest.
He e-mailed me to tell me that; in three different age categories, three new world records were rowed: 2 men under 19 age, 2 men 30-39 age and 2 men 50-59 age. Amazing stuff.

The big news of the day was two that two Estonian records were set and Rainer was one of the Estonian record holders!
He took part in the 24hour team race (14 women and 16 men) and they rowed 362 km, beating the previous record with an additional 54 km.

Well done Rainer. You should feel proud of yourself; I know I can speak on behalf of ETT that we are very proud of you!!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Erg Advent Calendar

Add a little festive fun to your daily workouts during the month of December by clicking on the Rowing Company advent calendar.

Follow the link to join in: http://therowingcompany.com/xmas/

Challenge Series mini-league update

Team mates who are taking part in the monthly Challenge Series in 2013 have also linked to ETT for the mini league so you can compare how you are doing against others in the team.

Here are the latest results after round three updates. Ric is in pole position with Joe S and Rob D in second and third place.


Pos. Name R1 4 mins R2 1609m R3 6344m Total
1 Richard Young 1216m 05:26.5 23:57.2 299.02
2 Joseph Smyntek 1204m 05:32.6 23:57.6 296.19
3 Rob Drury 1137m 05:46.1 24:18.8 285.45
4 Lucas Nightingale 1132m 05:56.2 25:11.3 278.94
5 Paul Merhib 996m 06:35.3 28:36.9 247.42
6 Jim Moldenhauer 1000m 06:57.4 31:06.6 236.65
7 Mark Kaehler 881m 06:57.1 29:46.6 230.46
8 Caroline Joynson 929m 07:17.8 31:00.8 227.47
9 Ed Saunders 1036m 06:18.7 - 170.58
10 Mark Bower 1228m - - 100
11 Beat Emch 1144m - - 93.16
12 Jonathan Turns 1111m - - 90.47
13 Ian Clegg 1095m - - 89.17
14 Leslie Fox - - 29:53.9 80.12

Saturday, 30 November 2013

December Challenges

Alongside the Holiday Challenge there are the following sessions to get your rowing teeth into this month:

December Cross Team Challenge

This is a beast of a session set by Team Oarsome. The interval set is a not-so-oarsome session of 3 x 2k with 3 minutes rest. You then enter your slowest 2k time as the CTC score.
Such an odd suggestion for a CTC challenge especially as this is the BIRC month where ergers will be in training mode tapering their sessions for the event - and most likely after the event will NOT want to do any combination of a 2k session for at least a month... We can only do our best team mates!

Rowing Company Challenge Series Round Four

This is a straight forward 5,000 metres. Read more about it here.

Last change to enter the BIRC is Sunday 1st December. Follow the link to get more details.

Friday, 29 November 2013

Holiday Challenge 2013

A big thanks to Joe for reminding me to remind you guys about the Holiday Challenge 2013

  • Row and/or ski 100,000 meters or 200,000 metres from November 28 to 11:59 p.m. ET December 24.
  • Support great causes with your metres!
  • You do not need to be on a team to participate! Log your individual metres.
  • Indoor rower and SkiErg meters only (no on water/on snow metres please). You can combine metres from each machine to reach the challenge goal.
  • Kid's 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 meters: January 4th.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Happy Thanks Giving!

To our American team mates we wish you all a great Thanks Giving.

ETT at the BIRC 2013

Hello folks,

For the first time in about five years I am unable to attend the British Indoor Rowing Championships. On a positive note, we have our very own Edward J making the pilgrimage to Wales to compete in the noble event that is the 2k challenge!

Edward would like to you all to know that he would be happy to meet up with any fellow ETT'ers at the event and would appreciate the company and support of anybody who is competitng or is in the area.

Wishing Edward all the best for his race. He is racing in a new age group this year so he will be the freshest guy on the block. All the best Edward!

Are any other ETT'ers competing on the 7th December?

Friday, 22 November 2013

BIRC 2013


BIRC is Back!

Reminder for BIRC, Saturday 7th December.

If you haven’t registered already now is the time, with less than two weeks to go till entries close (1st December), to get your entry in for the British Indoor Rowing Championships 2013. 
We are running a full race schedule for men and women, juniors and seniors, heavyweight and lightweight, and para rowing competitors.

More details can be found on the BIRC website at therowingcompany.com/birc.

The provisional timetable of racing for BIRC is:
      09:30 - 10:30    All juniors.
     10:30 - 14:00     All categories in the age groups 19 to 49
     13:00 - 14:00     Para rowing categories
     14:00 - 17:00     All categories in the age groups 50 and over.

In addition the Welsh Junior Schools IRC are running on Friday, 6th December.  For more details and to get an entry form contact Mike Hnatiw, Rowing Development Officer, Cardiff Bay Water Activity Centre, Channel View, Jim Driscoll Way, Cardiff, CF11 7HB, tel 02920 353912, mob 07855 795205, mhnatiw@cardiff.gov.uk.

The Venue: Sport Wales National Centre, Cardiff
The Date: Saturday, 7th December 2013

For more details visit our website or contact The Rowing Company on: 0115 945 5522

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Two new team mates called Steve

Hey, just when you think we are missing some team mates named Steve we get lucky wih two! Welcome to the team guys.

Steve Coles is from the UK and Steve Hull is from Vancouver, USA.

Looking forward to rowing with you for ETT. Check out the team mates page because we have a few additions.

Nov CTC update

Hello folks, we have had a good response from the gents in our team this month with eleven participants. We still only have one boat floated due to the lack of females.... and lightweights....

Is anybody going to volunteer to wear a dress and help us float another boat under the guise of your female alter ego?.... or drop a few kilo's.....No? Didn't think so.

Come on girls and lightweights; let's get boat two in the points rankings!!

25
11 pts
Empty the Tanks I3:15.0
Espen Holm (H) 2:52.7
Bouke Dieleman (H) 2:55.1
Rainer Saad (H) 3:02.4
Rob Drury (L) 3:12.0
Caroline Joynson (F) 4:12.9

42Empty the Tanks II3:08.7
Lucas Nightingale (H) 3:04.2
Jonathan Turns ETT (H) 3:09.6
Phil Nolan (H) 3:12.3
 

48Empty the Tanks III3:24.3
Norman Haas (H) 3:18.5
Mike Bode (H) 3:20.4
edward jackson (H) 3:34.2
 

52Empty the Tanks IV3:37.7
Mark Kaehler (H) 3:37.7 

Sunday, 10 November 2013

November CTC boat one floated!

Yeah, after ten days we have our first boat floated into the Cross Team Challenge this month. This speed interval session set by the Forum Flyers; 4 x 250 metres with 3 minutes rest from a standing start.

Lucas rowed himself of his C2 during this session and he enjoyed a few days in boat one for his efforts!

Keep up the great work ETT'ers!

20
6 pts
Empty the Tanks I3:18.4
Bouke Dieleman (H) 2:55.1
Rainer Saad (H) 3:02.4
Jonathan Turns ETT (H) 3:09.6
Rob Drury (L) 3:12.0
Caroline Joynson (F) 4:12.9

34Empty the Tanks II3:22.2
Phil Nolan (H) 3:13.5
Lucas Nightingale (H) 3:17.1
Mike Bode (H) 3:36.1
 

Friday, 1 November 2013

November CTC and the Challenge Series Round Three

Hello people, I'm just updating you on the November individual challenges:
  • The November Cross Team Challenge is the four flying 250m repetitions and was chosen by the Forum Flyers Row 4 * 250 metres, 3 minutes rest. The rules are: free rate, free drag, ALL four reps MUST be from a standing start with no rowing in the three minutes rest. You need to enter the total time for the 1000 metres but do not include the rest time.
  • The Challenge Series Round Three is the Joe Simpson Challenge of 6344 metres which is the distance Joe fell from a mountain - Greg Searle gives you his advice about the challenge here.
  • There is a new challenge this November that links in with the moustache inspired Movember where people grow interesting facial fluff to raise money for prostate cancer; it involes the rowing machine (of course) and its called Rovember!! Read all about it here



Thursday, 31 October 2013

Happy Halloween!

Wishing you all a ghoulish and gruesome halloween this year!

I have spent most of the week looking like the undead after a hard-core bought of intensive DIY. Removing a ceiling is VERY dusty work giving me attractive grey-hued dusty hair, blood-shot eyes and general cuts and grazes on my hands. Luckily the worst of it has been completed today - tomorrow RIP-ping up a wooden floor!

The following team mates completed the Rowing Company's Skeleton Challenge of rowing 31,000 metres since the 25th October.

Joseph Smyntek 33,850
Rainer Saad 31,000
Paul Merhib 51,709
Mark Kaehler 31,174
Caroline Joynson 31,665
Steve Hull 33,291
Wayne Hollinshead 31,001
Leslie Fox 31,605
John Fewtrell 70,000
Rob Drury 31,236
John Digweed 38,679
Bouke Dieleman 38,349
Mike Bode 43,587

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Matthew Pinsent Interview with Priority Sports



Check out this cool little video interview with Matthew Pinsent.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

FTC 2013 Summary

Although the FTC 2013 finished on Tuesday it seems like ages ago now! I thought you might like to look at a few statistics and data analysis from the challenge.

We had a healthy sized team with 53 members which took us just into the largest team size category of 'virtual teams with 51 or more members'. In this category we achieved 8th place out of 15 teams.


This is an excellent finishing place as you can see that we are definitely pulling our weight with these big teams! If you ranked us by average metres per team member we would be in 3rd place!

As for the final position in the overall rankings, we achieved 9th place out of 268 teams. We rowed 8,096,956 metres which is our best cumulative result in fifteen C2 competitions.


Individual contributions to the team shows some impressive team mate dedication.

  • Three team mates rowed over 700k; extremely hard-core guys: Rob 735,001, Matt L 719,192 and Rainer 701,465
  • Beat rowed 424,147
  • Three team mates rowed over 300k; Fred 363,273, Paul M 327,027 and Diggy, 311,326
  • Eight team mates rowed over 200k; Mike B 250,680, Andy S 228,494, Bouke 228,126, Craig W 225,517, Joe S 208,046, Darren 207,692, Tim 205,717 and John B 201,059
  • Twelve team mates rowed over 100k; Mike F 182, 799, Tim W 177,334, Caroline 176,071, Mark K 170,022, John D 160,000, Phil N 153,760 Michael S 153,264 Hector 142,950, John F 122,483, Jonathan T 121,483, Edward 120,500 and Mike S 100,00.
  • Eight team mates rowed over 50k; Jim M 96,648, Jean 90,000, Maeve 90,000, Xavier 84,599, Wayne 65,671, Norman 64,910, Ric 64,759 and Lucas 60,597
  • Sixteen team mates rowed between 1,000 and 45,000 metres; John G 45,362, Birgit 45,000, Karine 42,059, Phil Y 40,000, Ian 38,696, Gunter 30,000, Preston 28,210, John S 19,157, Dave W 18,324, Diana 15,488, Bastian 10,000, Matt B 9,000, Esa 8,306, Mark B 8,022, Chris G 4,000 and Claire 1,016.




Tuesday, 15 October 2013

FTC 2013 last day!

Wow. We have definitely rowed our socks off this during this challenge finishing (at this moment in time) in 9th place out of 268 world-wide teams.

We achieved our goal of going for a top ten position and have almost hit our all time metre tally from the FTC 2010 of over 8 million metres - we are only about 70k away of achieving a team PB!!

I will blog about the extremely impressive individual achievements at the weekend. A massive thank you to everybody who has contributed metres; for those injured ETT'ers, thank you for your enthusiastic encouragement and support during your convalescence.

Although I haven't had a chance to blog everyday due to work commitments I really appreciate the comments, page views and genuine support from everybody in ETT.

Thanks everybody for such a brilliant competition! Back for more of the same on the 1st January 2014!? In the meantime go and have some fun / rest / both!! (delete which ever is most applicable).

ETT = 9th out of 268 teams with 7,940,252 metres 

FTC 2013 DONE.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

FTC 2013 28 Days later...

You might well be feeling like a zombie after four weeks of continuous erging but on the positive side we are nearing the end of the 2013 Fall Team Challenge with only three more days to make a difference!

I have been so impressed by the dedication and commitment from all participating members of the team during this challenge and have enjoyed the banter and encouragement from you on the blog and Facebook.

In numbers we have rowed an average of 250k a day; so with that in mind we should hopefully reach around 7,700,000 metres by the close of competition on Tuesday 15th October.

Are you planning on any extra metres / special erg session for the finale of the FTC 2013? 
I am going to stick to several short mid-distance intervals this weekend to boost my metres.

Do any team mates in the top ten have any tips they would like to share as to how they are pulling in such big numbers?

We are still in 9th place out of 268 teams and have rowed over 6,947,000 metres in 28 days!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

FTC 2013 Days 24 & 25

We are in the final week of competition and we are still holding onto 9th place. We had better not get complacent because our favourite 250+ strong Navy team are only 160k behind us.

Let's go large in the last few days ; )


Monday, 7 October 2013

FTC 2013 Day 23

We have got some knock out numbers from our hardcore ergers! As a team we have reached over 5,500,000 metres which has firmly placed us in 9th position out of 267 teams.

Just under half of the team have reached the 100k club, with Diggy, Paul M, Fred R with over 200k, Beat and Rainer with over 400k and the undisputed ETT champion of the FTC 2013 (so far) Rob D with 500k!!

Keep rowing hard folks we are in the finishing straight.....


Boat two floated in Oct CTC

Wow! Great news ETT'ers we have two boats floated in the points rankings in the first week of the October Cross Team Challenge. Ten team mates have entered a time for the 3861 metres set by Forum Flyers.

Let's make this month count and get four more boats floated to set a new ETT record - we can do it!

5
5 pts
Empty the Tanks I15:21.8
Bouke Dieleman (H) 13:40.7 mins
Beat Emch (H) 14:09.2
edward jackson (H) 15:21.6
Rob Drury (L) 15:54.1
Caroline Joynson (F) 17:43.6

9
1 pt
Empty the Tanks II18:05.8
Phil Nolan (H) 15:42.0
Mark Kaehler (H) 17:39.9
David Bass (H) 19:29.1
Diggy (L) 17:12.5
maeve drury (F) 20:25.6

Sunday, 6 October 2013

FTC 2013 Days 21 and 22

Yahoo! We have moved into 9th place in the FTC rankings with 400k on the team below us which happens to be our US Navy friends at Team NAS Pensacola!

A great start to the final stretch of the competition and let's hope we can maintain 9th place for the next 9 days.

Congratulations to the following team mates for such dedication to the challenge:

1 Rob Drury 481,776
2 Rainer Saad 441,440
3 Matt Longman 387,619
4 Beat Emch 300,092
5 Fred Rogers 256,156
6 Paul Merhib 212,869
7 John Digweed 210,913
8 Bouke Dieleman 197,079
9 Craig Waugh 164,151
10 Andy Soyring 159,487
11 Mike Bode 152,191
12 John Betts 131,410
13 Mark Kaehler 120,581
14 Joseph Smyntek 115,977
15 Phil Nolan 111,748
16 tim johnson 111,062
17 Caroline Joynson 110,116
18 John Dunn 110,000
19 Darren Whetton 107,692
20 Michael Siers 107,282
21 Mike Fogel 98,168
22 Tim Williams 90,067
23 Mike Schnell 86,365
24 Jim Moldenhauer 78,577
25 Edward Jackson 76,000
26 John Fewtrell 62,483
27 hector m guerrero villa 60,169
28 Jonathan Turns 59,258
29 xavier harduin 57,389
30 Richard Young 56,667
31 Jean Curran 53,350
32 Maeve Drury 48,902
33 Wayne Hollinshead 45,529
34 John Giles 45,362
35 Karine Girod 42,059
36 Phil Yates 40,000
37 Birgit Longman 40,000
38 Ian Clegg 38,696
39 Norman Haas 33,535
40 Lucas Nightingale 31,514
41 Günter Timmermann 30,000
42 John Silverberg 19,157
43 Preston Zale 16,781
44 Diana Fogel 12,238
45 Bastian Schnitzhofer 10,000
46 Esa Lahnakoski 8,306
47 Mark Bower 8,022
48 Matthew Brewster 7,000
49 Chris Gore 4,000
50 Dave Williams 1,303
51 Claire Nolan 1,016

Saturday, 5 October 2013

October CTC boat one floated!

We have made a brilliant start to this month's Cross Team Challenge with the first boat in second position in the points rankings.


Bouke, Mark K, Rob D, Diggy, Maeve and Dave B have all rowed the 3861 metres required for this challenge - great stuff folks.
I will join you tomorrow and hope we can get boat two floated next week.


# Name Cat Team Result Pace Power
13 Bouke Dieleman M ETT 1  13:40.7    1:46.3  291.5
60 Rob Drury m ETT 1  15:54.1    2:03.6  185.6
71 Diggy m ETT 1  17:12.5    2:13.7  146.4
76 Mark Kaehler M ETT 1  17:39.9    2:17.3  135.4
79 maeve drury F ETT 1  20:25.6    2:38.7  87.5
77 David Bass M ETT 2  19:29.1    2:31.4  100.9

Friday, 4 October 2013

FTC 2013 Days 19 and 20

We are closing in on the third week of competition and we have had a fantastic run (row) of things over the past twenty days.

16 team mates have rowed triple digit metres with some guys at the top of the team putting in some impressive numbers.

We need to say a big thank you to the rest of the ETT'ers who put in metres everyday - we wouldn't be in the top ten if it wasn't for your contribution to the teams total metres too!

The total for today is: 4,691,594 metres


Wednesday, 2 October 2013

FTC 2013 Day 18

WOOAhhh!! We have shot straight past Team NAS into 9th place today which is fantastic news. Nice work ETT'ers.


We are about 300k ahead of the Navy ergers but as we know with all team competitions things could change... so keep on rowing strong.

Here is an overview of individual contributions - with our stronghold of Rob, Matt and Rainer in the top three slots and eleven team mates in the 100k or 200k club already!


Tuesday, 1 October 2013

FTC 2013 Day 16 and 17

We have maintained our top ten slot over the past two days and have clocked up nearly 4 million metres between us! Not bad going for a team that only has 53 members rowing their socks off!

Keep up the awesome work ETT'ers and as usual will do a more detailed analysis of our progress this weekend.


October CTC and Challenge Series Round Two

Its that time again where we motivate ourselves to get involved in more individual monthly challenges.

Last month saw us float two boats into the rankings for the September Cross Team Challenge with three partially filled boats due to the lack of either female or lightweight rowers. We had a great ETT presence on the leader board and for future CTC's we now need to co-ordinate the combination of rowers to ensure we float more boats into the points rankings this month.

Well done to those who took part, here are the final standings for the1k session:

Position Name Sex Boat Result Pace Power
30 Espen Holm M Empty the Tanks I   3:08.6    1:34.3  417.4
54 Mark Bower M Empty the Tanks I   3:11.4    1:35.7  399.3
55 Bouke Dieleman M Empty the Tanks I   3:11.6    1:35.8  398.1
154 Rob Drury m Empty the Tanks I   3:28.7    1:44.4  308
340 Caroline Joynson f Empty the Tanks I   4:23.3    2:11.7  153.4
90 Joseph Smyntek M Empty the Tanks II   3:17.5    1:38.8  363.5
127 Richard Young M Empty the Tanks II   3:24.0    1:42.0  329.8
157 Lucas Nightingale M Empty the Tanks II   3:29.2    1:44.6  305.8
312 Paul Merhib m Empty the Tanks II   4:08.1    2:04.1  183.3
345 Karine Girod f Empty the Tanks II   4:31.6    2:15.8  139.8
179 Norman Haas M Empty the Tanks III   3:33.4    1:46.7  288.1
182 Jonathan Turns ETT M Empty the Tanks III   3:34.7    1:47.4  282.9
193 edward jackson M Empty the Tanks III   3:35.7    1:47.9  279
357 maeve drury F Empty the Tanks III   4:58.5    2:29.3  105.3
201 Ian Clegg M Empty the Tanks IV   3:36.8    1:48.4  274.8
221 Phil Nolan M Empty the Tanks IV   3:40.5    1:50.3  261.2
251 Mike Bode M Empty the Tanks IV   3:48.2    1:54.1  235.6
366 Claire Nolan F Empty the Tanks IV   6:20.6    3:10.3  50.8
295 Jim Moldenhauer M Empty the Tanks V   4:00.0    2:00.0  202.5
308 Mark Kaehler M Empty the Tanks V   4:06.7    2:03.4  186.5
328 Phil Yates M Empty the Tanks V   4:14.0    2:07.0  170.9

The October Challenge is the 100th CTC and has been set by the Forum Flyers in memory of one of their team mates Gaye McOnie. The October session is an unrestricted 3861 metres that represents 1% of Gaye's lifetime metres.

Round Two of the Challenge Series is a mile distance (1609 metres)

The ETT Mini-League results for the Challenge Series after round one is as follows:

Pos. Name R1 Total
1 Mark Bower 100 100
2 Richard Young 99.02 99.02
3 Joseph Smyntek 98.05 98.05
4 Beat Emch 93.16 93.16
5 Rob Drury 92.59 92.59
6 Lucas Nightingale 92.18 92.18
7 Jonathan Turns 90.47 90.47
8 Ian Clegg 89.17 89.17
9 Ed Saunders 84.36 84.36
10 Jim Moldenhauer 81.43 81.43
11 Paul Merhib 81.11 81.11
12 Caroline Joynson 75.65 75.65
13 Mark Kaehler 71.74 71.74

Sunday, 29 September 2013

FTC 2013 Day 15

We have been such a productive team over the past 15 days and since we have had our 52nd team mate join us for the challenge we have entered into the '51 or more members' category in the rankings.

We are currently 8th out of 16 team with 51+ members:


And we are in 9th place in the full rankings out of 260 world-wide teams. We have rowed over 3,500,000 metres!!


We have only 16 days left of the challenge so we are right in the middle of the FTC - at this challenging stage of the competition, what are you doing to keep motivated and energised?
Are you eating / drinking anything different to keep your energy levels up?
Share some tips with fellow team mates!

For those team mates who have followed the blog for a while will know my favourite energy foods are: Sweet potatoes or oats, and I have occasionally used some Nuun tablets in my water for longer endurance sessions.


FTC 2013 Day 14

Two weeks into the challenge and we have worked really hard to keep ourselves in the top ten out of world-wide indoor rowing teams - nice work folks!

We have erged 3,432,119 metres in 14 days with over 11 teams who have contributed 100k and more!

As a collective we have been erging an average of 240k each day so if we keep this up we cold be hitting a final total of around 7 million metres by the end of the challenge.

Keep erging ETT'ers!!

Friday, 27 September 2013

FTC 2013 update

Its been a hectic week at work and I haven't had a chance to keep you all updated on team progress - so I will do a quick summary of the last few days.

On day 11 we maintained our 9th place position with over 2,500,000 metres which is pretty good going!

Day 12 saw us slip back into 10th place with the NAS team in 9th position (double booo) : (

Day 13 has 52 ETT members participating in the FTC with an impressive 3 million metres rowed by the team. Over ten team mates have joined and surpassed the 100k club, in fact Rob, Rainer and Beat have moved into the exclusive 200k club!! Nice work.

A big thanks to all team mates who have been toiling away on their C2's in the garage / gym / fitness centre / shed / basement / attic....

What is motivating you right now? 

Do you want to hit a set target / personal goal?
Is it a health fix you are after?
Do you just want to beat those pesky NAS ergers?
Let me know you reasons for taking part ; )

Keep rowing strong!

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

FTC 2013 Day 10

Ten days in and we are 10th out of 248 teams - pretty good going team mates. Let's see if we can knock the Navy ergers off the 9th spot by tomorrow ; )
Who's with me?
How are you all feeling after ten days of erging?


Monday, 23 September 2013

FTC 2013 Day nine

Day nine; two millions metres, 50 team mates signed up and we are still in the top ten - rock on ETT'ers!!


Sunday, 22 September 2013

FTC 2013 Day eight

We have had a fantastic first week in the Fall Team Challenge with 45 team mates participating with such enthusiasm. We also need to welcome a couple of newbies to the team:

  • Gunter Timmermann, 51 from the Netherlands
  • Michael Siers,  49 from USA
The team are being lead by our most dedicated rowers of this challenge, Rob, Rainer, Beat and Matt L - keep up the great work guys!

We need to send our best wishes to some of our regular team mates who haven't been able to join us in the FTC due to injuries:
  • Mark B who is recovering from his hernia operation - best wishes for a fast recovery
  • Dave P who is also recovering from injuries too!
Moving forward to next week we need to maintain our top ten slot and see if we can sneak our way into 8th or 9th position.


Saturday, 21 September 2013

FTC 2013 Days six and seven

Yesterday we moved up to 9th position (yeah!) but today we have fallen back to 10th (boooooo!) out of 233 teams (only 20k short of achieving 9th place). On a positive note, we are still in the top ten which is a very good start to the competition.

As a team we are erging an average of 250k a day with 42 team mates contributing metres out of 49 participants. There are some big numbers being pulled in with Rob, Beat and Rainer in the 100k club already!

Remember ETT'ers all metres count; so get on that C2 and help the team row past those Navy boys (thanks for clearing that up Jim wasn't sure what the NAS bit stood for!) at Team NAS Pensacola.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

FTC 2013 Day five

We have slipped down to eleventh position due to a 400+ strong military team called Team NAS Pensacola who we have come across in previous team challenges - we will have to see what we can do to knock these army-ergers off their top ten slot.

Talking of army-ergers - Rob (Robo-erg) has been working like a machine with nearly 125k in only 5 days!!

Well done to all team mates - I will write a more detailed blog-post at the weekend ; )


Wednesday, 18 September 2013

FTC 2013 Day four top ten-tastic

Excellent news folks, we have maintained our top ten position today out of 220 teams!
Rock on ETT'ers.


Tuesday, 17 September 2013

FTC 2013 Day three and still in the top 10!

We are settling into a rhythm and we are successfully maintaining a top ten slot in the first week of competition. We are in it for the long haul so keep it steady and find a routine that you can stick to rather than going crazy-then-crash-and-burn style approach (we can save for the last few days of the challenge!).

Thank you to all the ETT'ers who have participated so far, keep up the great work team.


Monday, 16 September 2013

FTC 2013 Day One and Two

The webpage did not update yesterday's standings so I can only comment on what we have achieved today - and we have rowed our way into the top ten already with 9th position out of 171 teams.

I haven't had a chance to upload my metres yet - I know - poor show from the ETT Captain (I promise to upload tomorrow : )

Good going Rob, you are in the number one slot.

Keep rowing hard folks!


1 Rob Drury 60,264
2 Rainer Saad 40,000
3 Mark Kaehler 20,588
4 Craig Waugh 16,001
5 Andy Soyring 13,219
6 Tim Williams 12,721
7 John Betts 12,063
8 Edward Jackson 11,500
9 Joseph Smyntek 10,720
10 John Digweed 10,168
11 Ian Clegg 10,011
12 Phil Yates 10,000
13 Mike Schnell 10,000
14 Bastian Schnitzhofer 10,000
15 Günter Timmermann 10,000
16 Paul Merhib 8,127
17 Mark Bower 8,022
18 John Fewtrell 7,483
19 John Giles 7,226
20 Jean Curran 4,500
21 Michael Siers 4,127