Mar 152013

Daily Update 4.4

Week 7: Module 4: Date 3/15/13

Now that we have learned about calories and what they are composed of we need to figure out how many we need to ingest. The Harris-Benedict equation was developed for just this situation. The Harris-Benedict equation was created in 1919 by two professors. This equation uses your height, weight, age, sex and activity level to estimate your basal metabolic rate and daily caloric intake. Your basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the amount of energy your body uses each day while at rest.

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Mar 132013

Daily Update 4.2

Week 7: Module 4: Date 3/13/13

Yesterday we talked about an affliction that sometimes causes you to expel the contents of your stomach. For the next few days we are going to learn about the food the crew is consuming and how they ensure they have enough energy to row across the Atlantic.

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Mar 122013

Daily Update 4.1

Week 7: Module 4: Date 3/12/13

Module 4 is titled The Body. In this topic we will explore the human body in relation to the experience the crew of the JRH is having. At this point the crew has been at sea for over 40 days. That is a long time to be on a small boat rowing 12 hours a day with three other people. This module will delve into these experiences.

If you recall the first week of the expedition was filled with queasy stomachs and retching over the side of the JRH.  It seems fitting that in the first update about the body we look at motion sickness.  Motion sickness is something that most of us are familiar with, either personally or as an observer. In fact some statistics state that as many as 2/ 3rds of the population are prone to motion sickness under severe circumstances e.g. rowing a 29ft boat across the ocean.

Adam, Jordan, Pat and Markus get their first glimpse of beam seas (credit: Erinn J Hale Photography)

(credit: Erinn J Hale Photography)

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