June 27, 2013

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9-Months-Pregnant Kayaker Wins Event

Emily Jackson takes home $4,000

Emily Jackson's paddling for two now—but it doesn't seem to be slowing her down. The 23-year-old kayaker won the women's freestyle kayaking event at the Payette River Games over the weekend, taking home the $4,000 prize despite being nine months pregnant with her first child.

Jackson, the daughter of dominant kayaker and boat designer Eric, said that her decision to compete was carefully thought-out. "I was told by several doctors that as long as I was doing what my body was accustomed to that it would be safe for me and my baby," she said. "With certain instructions such as avoiding impact, I knew what my limitations were and how to paddle within the limits." Jackson and husband Nick Troutman's first son is due July 19.

Via GrindTV


Giant Ocean Wave

Jaws, in Maui, where waves reach heights of more than 50 feet via Shutterstock     Photo: Epic Stock Media

Historic Sailboat Vanishes

6 Americans on the ship

A historic racing sailboat and its crew of seven have vanished. The schooner, built in 1928, left port in New Zealand at the end of May. A week later on June 4, it dropped out of communication in "very rough," conditions with winds reaching 68 mph and in 26-foot swells, authorities said Thursday. The ship was heading toward Newcastle, Australia.

While the yacht is equipped with a tracking device, satellite phone, and emergency beacon, the ship's beacon has not been activiated. No vessels in the area report having seen the ship, and two extensive sweeps by reconnaissance aircraft have also came up negative.

"No sign of the vessel has been found," Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand search and rescue mission coordinator Kevin Banaghan said. "We do hold grave concerns for the Nina and her crew but remain hopeful of a positive outcome."

The ship was carrying six Americans along with one British passenger.


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STUDY: Longer Runs are Easier

Cause less inflammation and damage

Running 100 miles should be easier than pounding out 200, but a recently released study in the journal PLOS One suggests that longer races may be less fatiguing and damaging than their shorter counterparts.

Researchers tracked 25* male runners as they took place in the Tor des Géants, a race consisting of 24,000 meters of elevation change across 300 km of travel. Before, during, and after the race, researchers took blood samples from the runners (looking for markers of inflammation and muscle breakdown) and tested how much force their muscles could produce.

Compared to a group of runners competing in races a quarter to a half as long, the Tor des Géants racers showed less muscle damage, fewer inflammation markers, and less-altered neuromuscular function.

It's paradoxical, but longer races may actually be easier—in some respects—on the body, the study authors note, though the explanation is a bit of a letdown: In the longest of races, runners move at a lower intensity, leading to less damage.

"The pacing strategy (i.e. slow pace from the beginning of the race) and sleep deprivation that result in very low-intensity concentric/eccentric contractions preserve the neuromuscular function despite the apparent extreme difficulty of this event," the study authors wrote.

*Only nine runners completed the race and were available for testing at all three times.


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Racer Plans to Fly Electric Plane Across Atlantic

Will re-trace Lindbergh's 1927 journey

Electric racer Chip Yates plans to re-make history, by re-tracing Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 trans-Atlantic flight—in an electric plane of his own design. Yates, who set an unofficial electric motorcycle racing record for speed (190.6 mph) in 2011, is currently constructing the craft, which he predicts will have a nearly 100-foot wingspan.

The plane will be powered by an external battery pack, which will be periodically switched out during flight. Unlike the famed solar plane, the Solar impulse, whose average speed is about 31 mph, Yates hopes his electric plane will achieve speeds of nearly 100 mph. “Flying electrically, really slow, doesn’t provide humanity anything,” Yates told Wired.

Yates is 42 and only acquired his pilots license a year ago. At the plane’s current speed, the flight will take him a little over 36 hours.