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 G√ľnter 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

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Success in Aus!


Rowan and Sime took part in the National Indoor Rowing Championships in Wollongong, Australia on Saturday and both came top in their categories for 2k.

Well done guys!! Let us know your race stories, times, approach etc... and any tips for next time : )

Saturday, 14 September 2013

FTC starts tomorrow!

It's that time again where we all pull together and row hard to claim a top ten slot in the indoor rowing world rankings for the Fall Team Challenge.

We have 37 team mates signed up for the challenge including some new team mates!

Say a big ETT hello to the following new members:





  • Xavier Harduin, 47 from the Netherlands
  • Rainer Saad, 26 from Estonia
  • Wayne Hollinshead, 47 from the UK
  • Bastian Schnitzhofer, 29 from Germany
  • Tim Williams, 43 from the USA
  • Dave Williams, 45 from Australia
We are really looking forward to erging with you guys.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

September CTC update

Twelve ETT'ers have participated in the Cross Team Challenge's 1k and we have floated the first boat into the points rankings today.

As discussed on our team Facebook page and on the blog most of us think that we need a couple of shots at this one to get our best times!


15 Mark Bower M ETT 1   3:11.4    1:35.7  399.3
32 Joseph Smyntek M ETT 1   3:17.5    1:38.8  363.5
41 Richard Young M ETT 1   3:24.0    1:42.0  329.8
54 Rob Drury m ETT 1   3:28.7    1:44.4  308
120 Caroline Joynson f ETT 1   4:23.3    2:11.7  153.4
55 Lucas Nightingale M ETT 2   3:29.2    1:44.6  305.8
63 Jonathan Turns ETT M ETT 2   3:34.7    1:47.4  282.9
73 edward jackson M ETT 2   3:38.3    1:49.2  269.2
110 Paul Merhib m ETT 2   4:08.1    2:04.1  183.3
80 Phil Nolan M ETT 3   3:40.5    1:50.3  261.2
92 Mike Bode M ETT 3   3:49.0    1:54.5  233.2
121 Mark Kaehler M ETT 3   4:28.6    2:14.3  144.5

Sunday, 1 September 2013

The Rowing Company Challenge Series 13/14

As a couple of you predicted the C2 Challenge Series has been re-named and is now known as The Rowing Company Challenge Series - really original title.....

The September Challenge will be the O'Neill Fitness Test that is a straight forward 4 minute row.

Follow the link to register for the Rowing Company Challenge Series 2013/14 here
If you have participated in previous challenges you will just need to log-in with your details when uploading your results.

Good luck everybody!

Don't forget to join the Empty the Tanks mini league once you are registered so we can see how fellow ETT'ers are getting on.

Did you see the World Rowing Championships 2013? Check it out on BBC iplayer.

*** Stop Press: The website is still referring to the 12/13 series so it looks like we will have to hold fire on this challenge until mid-September***