Lance Armstrong swam in a 2.4 mile open water swim this weekend and was only beaten by two professional triathletes. He swam the distance in 49+ minutes and missed out on the win by only 22 seconds. WOW!
Last edited by marchep; April 4th, 2011 at 05:01 PM.
The article I read said "he competed in the Red Licorice 2.4-mile open water swim in Austin, Texas on Sunday, April 3."
Clearly a small race but a VERY impressive time.
i was registered and skipped the race because i simply wasn't up for the 4-hour drive to lake travis in the middle of night...
i always have 'swimmer's remorse' when i miss an event i registered for!
did armstrong and the tri-swimmers wear wetsuits?
the event was at the mansfield dam at lake travis near austin, tx...
google-map 'mansfield dam, lake travis'
probably a half-dozen tris and open water swims there annually
wet suit ?
This was supposedly taken right after the race.
It also looks like from the finishing times that Armstrong was in the front group of 3 and was dumped by the other two toward the end of the race. Seeing that Armstrong is one of the craftiest athletes that has ever competed, and one that drafted behind others for weeks at a time, I'm bet the other 2 guys did all the work. Nothing wrong with that of course, but that is a reflection of how smart he is. Open water times are irrelevant (except a cable swim). It's all about the competition.
i imagine swimming with armstrong was a considerable boost too...
it seems as though armstrong could be a USMS all-american easily
you three are hilarious - 2.4 miles in open water in 50 minutes is hauling ass.
bob - you make quite a few assumptions there too. We might suppose armstrong and the two triathletes have trained together too... I have never thought 'drafting' was the easiest skill to come by.
Last edited by swimthegoodfight; April 5th, 2011 at 09:12 AM. Reason: typo
I reviewed results for the 2010 2-mile cable swim...
CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT: 2-Mile Cable ChampionshipLOCATION: Charlottesville, VA
EVENT NAME: USMS 2-Mile Cable Open Water National Championship
I am well aware no two open water swims are the same... I'll stand by my post... he might make 'all-american' honors if he entered a season of championship open waters
i am aware jeff is highly competitive in his age group - he would be very close to a top finish in his age group if he made all the open water championships.
is 49+ really considered fast for a 2.4mile OW race with a wetsuit? this could be important information if I ever can plan a trip back home around an OW event.
without a wetsuit the top 20 at worlds in Sweden age 40-44 in a lake swim was 40:20 for a 3km but I would assume most of them could have swam the extra .84km under 12min for a time about 52, again without a wetsuit.
I don't consider myself a fast OW swimmmer and I swam a 5km with wetsuit in 1:08 which would be roughly 52:15 for 3.84km (2.4mi) assuming I wouldn't have swam faster knowing it was a shorter race.