[LAU] A crazy idea

Rick Green rtg at aapsc.com
Thu Mar 4 18:02:02 EST 2010

On Thu, 4 Mar 2010, Paul Davis wrote:

> On Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 8:45 AM, Rick Green <rtg at aapsc.com> wrote:
>> BTW:  The human body is considered capable of producing 1/20hp,  or 35
>> watts on a sustained basis.
> hmm.  when i'm trained up, i can generate about 240W for an hour, and
> at that point in the year, 100W is basically a "do nothing" state.
> world-class Ironman racers and crazy 100 mile time-trial cyclists
> generate 250-300W for 3.5-5 hrs. so your number must reflect
> an untrained, rather unfit human being or must mean something other
> than what i understand it to mean.
  I think that figure goes back to the days of farming with draft animals, 
as in "One horse can do the work of 20 men".  So 'sustained' in this case 
means 'every daylight hour in a six-day work week'.

Rick Green

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