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    How many yrs off and still this fast!

    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!
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    Re: How many yrs of and still this fast!

    Quote Originally Posted by marchep View Post
    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!
    Did he pass the drug test?

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    Re: How many yrs of and still this fast!

    Quote Originally Posted by marchep View Post
    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!
    Where was it. I'd love to see what the course looked like and what the field was like.
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    Re: How many yrs off and still this fast!

    The article I read said "he competed in the Red Licorice 2.4-mile open water swim in Austin, Texas on Sunday, April 3."

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    Re: How many yrs off and still this fast!

    There were 20 men & 19 women in the race.

    http://www.mychiptime.com/searchevent.php?id=5510
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    Re: How many yrs off and still this fast!

    Clearly a small race but a VERY impressive time.

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    Re: How many yrs off and still this fast!

    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?

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    Re: How many yrs off and still this fast!

    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

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    Re: How many yrs off and still this fast!

    wet suit ?

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    Re: How many yrs off and still this fast!

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    wet suit ?
    It appears so. This was supposedly taken right after the race.

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    Re: How many yrs off and still this fast!

    Quote Originally Posted by evmo View Post
    It appears so. This was supposedly taken right after the race.
    zoiks.... water looks low
    hope they get some rain by november

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    Re: How many yrs off and still this fast!

    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.
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    Re: How many yrs off and still this fast!

    i imagine swimming with armstrong was a considerable boost too...

    it seems as though armstrong could be a USMS all-american easily

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    Re: How many yrs off and still this fast!

    Quote Originally Posted by swimthegoodfight View Post
    i imagine swimming with armstrong was a considerable boost too...

    it seems as though armstrong could be a USMS all-american easily
    Me thinks that conclusion is a bit premature. USMS All American does not come easy unless you go to an open water competition and the top people in your AG don't show.
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    Re: How many yrs off and still this fast!

    Quote Originally Posted by evmo View Post
    It appears so. This was supposedly taken right after the race.
    I wonder if that is the same James Bonney from Pine Crest (FL)? If so, I remember that guy from High School.

    BTW, there is NO way, NO way I'd let Lance Armstrong come out of the water before me. No matter what.

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    Re: How many yrs off and still this fast!

    Quote Originally Posted by E=H2O View Post
    Me thinks that conclusion is a bit premature.
    I agree. It's sounds like a good swim, but not exceptional.

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    Re: How many yrs off and still this fast!

    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 08:12 AM. Reason: typo

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    Re: How many yrs off and still this fast!

    I reviewed results for the 2010 2-mile cable swim...

    CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT: 2-Mile Cable Championship
    EVENT NAME: USMS 2-Mile Cable Open Water National Championship
    LOCATION: Charlottesville, VA

    http://www.usms.org/longdist/ldnats10/2micblresults.pdf

    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

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    Re: How many yrs off and still this fast!

    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.

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    Re: How many yrs off and still this fast!

    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.

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