I have earlier written about being inspired by the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Rowing Challenge. They have to cover 4800 Km from La Gomera to Antigua. https://www.taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com/the-challenge/
I have looked at the race figures for 2018 and they are humbling. They travel 4,800 km. The fastest team in 2018 managed that in 34 days 12 hours and 9 minutes.
By my calculations that was 4,800,000m. They had 816+12 hours ie 49680 minutes and 9 minutes a total of 49,689. If my maths is correct this means that every minute they covered 96.6 meters.
In 2018 there was even an 18 year old Lucas Heitzman who completed a solo crossing in 59 days 8 hours and 22 minutes- setting a Guinness World record in the process https://www.lukashaitzmann.com/. What did the rest of us do at that age?
Trying to look at rowing performance it was interesting to look at the blog from Chris Hodgson from http://www.theocean5.com
https://theocean5.com/how-do-i-maintain-focus-when-rowing-for-2-hours who talks about keeping focus when rowing for 2 hours. His figures are impressive https://theocean5.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/IMG_7130-e1552756638447-675×900.jpg
He manages to complete 29,020metres in 2 hours and 37 seconds at an average speed of 2min 4.7seconds per 500 metres. As his blog mentions they will be continuing at that pace 2 hours on and 2 hours off all day and night for the duration of challenge.
So this makes today 5km rows of 22 minutes 19 and 22 minutes 47 ie 10,000 in 45mins 6 seconds, very insignificant indeed. Also I am fully worn out at the end of each 5Km and need a rest in between. The floor also needs a good mop after my efforts.
This years challenge has one team who are all over 60, so I must keep up my rowing.
The other aspect from this is the calories required and I will try more back of an envelope calculations for the next blog.
By the way you might have wondered about the title- slightly awkward wording. “Competition Challenge Calculations” but in fact it was chosen because the challenge is all about the C ( Sea) and mans’ struggle to travel the sea/ocean.