Was reading this story:
“In total, Mahomes’ activity strain during the game was 18.8 with 2,347 calories burned, and his day strain was 20.4 (on a 0-21 scale). Over the 28 minutes of real-time spanning the frantic end of regulation and OT, his average heart rate was nearly 160 bpm.”
First, I was shocked that he burned 2,347 calories over the close to 4 hour game. For someone his size, that's equivalent to running 15 miles or so. I guess one could briskly walk 15 miles and it would take around 4 hours. In football, the action for any one player, even with OT, is around 10 minutes (mainly because the clock keeps running between plays that end with a tackle in bounds). Let's be generous and say Mahomes saw 15 minutes of action. Outside of that, of course there's warmup before each half, walking up the field after a play, on and off the field, pacing on the sideline, getting up after tackles, etc. And during action the activity is very intense. Still, 2,300+ calories is much higher than I would expect. Thoughts?
The other point that stuck out is an average HR of 160 for the last 28 minutes. I know it was stressful with the lead changes but there's so much time waiting for kickoffs, a few minutes between regulation and OT, huddles, etc. I would think he'd spend half that time closer to 80 bpm. That would mean half the time at 240! Or half at 90 and half at 230. Still doesn't seem right.
What am I missing that makes the numbers in the story reasonable? Thanks.