“A small “slurp” for man, a giant leap for mankind”
I am not sure if you can recall where you were on July 20th 1969. And you may wonder what this has to do with rowing and fitness. Well I hope that this article will explain
I think I should first answer the question about the significance of July 20th 1969. That was the date that Neil Armstrong took that first step onto the moon. Why is that relevant at this time. I have been to see the film “First Man” This tells the story of the Gemini and Apollo space programmes that culminated with the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Also the 50th anniversary is just a few months away. I can certainly remember watching the BBC moon landing programme with James Burke, Cliff Michelmore and Patrick Moore. If you get the chance to watch the film, do so. It graphically shows what achievements are possible by mankind and helps one to relive that era. More details later.
This is a link to the film “First Man” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSoRx87OO6k
Here is a link to my pages about the film “First Man” “https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/inspireretirenow.com/815
The reason for the second title is that this is a slight amendment to the famous quote from Neil Armstrong as he was about to step onto the moon. He said ” A small step for man and a giant leap for mankind”
So why include this in the title of a piece about rowing. Well one of the
day to day challenges for all of us is to eat just enough and not too much and so put on weight. The astronauts had to have all their meals pre prepared and in leak proof containers. They were allowed 2500 calories per day. The following link gives some fascinating details
And just to give an idea of how much effort is needed to account for some of those calories. The Concept 2 rowing machine estimates that 297 calories were burnt during a near 22 minute 50 second minute row on the Concept 2 rower.
It is worth considering that it is estimated that 1 Kg of fat is equivalent to 3500 Calories. If your New Year resolution was to get into shape then you can see there could be quite a road ahead. And the mention of the slurp is that those soft drinks and snacks can rapidly deflect you from your target.
When you consider that Kennedy committed in a speech on 12 September 1962 to getting to the Moon before the end of the decade. It is possible to see how far one can go if the ambition is there.
I hope this inspires you and also refreshes memories of what has been achieved during or lifetimes. Enjoy the film and your retirement