Woman from Conifer breaks her own record by completing 104-mile, nonstop swim

Screenshot of video shot by Scott Olson

From 9News

KUSA – She did it.

In 67 hours and 16 minutes, Sarah Thomas, from Conifer, finished a 104-mile swim and broke her own record.

Thomas slowly hobbled out of Lake Champlain, which is between New York and Vermont, around 1:30 a.m. local time, and 3:30 a.m. in Denver – about five hours ahead of schedule.

She promptly sat down for the first time since Monday, when she began her nonstop swim.

“That’s a really long way to swim,” Thomas says in a video, posted by her family, adding that all she needed after getting out of the water was to “not move for a minute.”

Thomas says the last three hours of the swim were hardest, as she went through weeds and see grass in dark, shallow water.

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Aquaman Series

Swim Beach at Cherry Creek State Park, Aurora

 

Denver’s favorite Summer Series is ready to roll for 2017! The AQUAMAN Open Water Swim and Aquathlon Series is the perfect opportunity for swimmers and triathletes of all ages and abilities to practice their open water swimming in a fun, competitive environment and at distances not previously offered at other venues. It’s also the perfect opportunity for triathletes to practice their open water pacing and swimming in a mass start format with the bonus of an added 5K run. After each race you’ll have a chance to relax, kick back with friends, and enjoy the post race food and drinks.

The race package allows you to show up for any date you like until all races in your package have been used.Your race numbers will always be waiting for you at the pre-registered check-in. It is the most affordable and flexible way to race!

There are seven events every week. Four swim only events half mile, mile, mile and a half and two mile, There are two swim/run events half mile swim and 5K, one mile swim and 5K, and there is also a stand alone 5K run. The races are sent off in waves the first wave at 6:30 has the 2 mile swimmers and the one mile swim 5K runners, the second wave is the half mile swim and 5 K and the final wave has all the swim only races that is also when the 5K run will begin.

Event details and registration here

 

Tuesdays June 20- August 1, excluding July 4

August 8, rain date

Aquaman Series

Swim Beach at Cherry Creek State Park, Aurora

 

Denver’s favorite Summer Series is ready to roll for 2017! The AQUAMAN Open Water Swim and Aquathlon Series is the perfect opportunity for swimmers and triathletes of all ages and abilities to practice their open water swimming in a fun, competitive environment and at distances not previously offered at other venues. It’s also the perfect opportunity for triathletes to practice their open water pacing and swimming in a mass start format with the bonus of an added 5K run. After each race you’ll have a chance to relax, kick back with friends, and enjoy the post race food and drinks.

The race package allows you to show up for any date you like until all races in your package have been used.Your race numbers will always be waiting for you at the pre-registered check-in. It is the most affordable and flexible way to race!

There are seven events every week. Four swim only events half mile, mile, mile and a half and two mile, There are two swim/run events half mile swim and 5K, one mile swim and 5K, and there is also a stand alone 5K run. The races are sent off in waves the first wave at 6:30 has the 2 mile swimmers and the one mile swim 5K runners, the second wave is the half mile swim and 5 K and the final wave has all the swim only races that is also when the 5K run will begin.

Event details and registration here

 

Tuesdays June 20- August 1, excluding July 4

August 8, rain date

Aquaman Series

Swim Beach at Cherry Creek State Park, Aurora

 

Denver’s favorite Summer Series is ready to roll for 2017! The AQUAMAN Open Water Swim and Aquathlon Series is the perfect opportunity for swimmers and triathletes of all ages and abilities to practice their open water swimming in a fun, competitive environment and at distances not previously offered at other venues. It’s also the perfect opportunity for triathletes to practice their open water pacing and swimming in a mass start format with the bonus of an added 5K run. After each race you’ll have a chance to relax, kick back with friends, and enjoy the post race food and drinks.

The race package allows you to show up for any date you like until all races in your package have been used.Your race numbers will always be waiting for you at the pre-registered check-in. It is the most affordable and flexible way to race!

There are seven events every week. Four swim only events half mile, mile, mile and a half and two mile, There are two swim/run events half mile swim and 5K, one mile swim and 5K, and there is also a stand alone 5K run. The races are sent off in waves the first wave at 6:30 has the 2 mile swimmers and the one mile swim 5K runners, the second wave is the half mile swim and 5 K and the final wave has all the swim only races that is also when the 5K run will begin.

Event details and registration here

 

Tuesdays June 20- August 1, excluding July 4

August 8, rain date

Aquaman Series

Swim Beach at Cherry Creek State Park, Aurora

 

Denver’s favorite Summer Series is ready to roll for 2017! The AQUAMAN Open Water Swim and Aquathlon Series is the perfect opportunity for swimmers and triathletes of all ages and abilities to practice their open water swimming in a fun, competitive environment and at distances not previously offered at other venues. It’s also the perfect opportunity for triathletes to practice their open water pacing and swimming in a mass start format with the bonus of an added 5K run. After each race you’ll have a chance to relax, kick back with friends, and enjoy the post race food and drinks.

The race package allows you to show up for any date you like until all races in your package have been used.Your race numbers will always be waiting for you at the pre-registered check-in. It is the most affordable and flexible way to race!

There are seven events every week. Four swim only events half mile, mile, mile and a half and two mile, There are two swim/run events half mile swim and 5K, one mile swim and 5K, and there is also a stand alone 5K run. The races are sent off in waves the first wave at 6:30 has the 2 mile swimmers and the one mile swim 5K runners, the second wave is the half mile swim and 5 K and the final wave has all the swim only races that is also when the 5K run will begin.

Event details and registration here

 

Tuesdays June 20- August 1, excluding July 4

August 8, rain date

Aquaman Series

Swim Beach at Cherry Creek State Park, Aurora

 

Denver’s favorite Summer Series is ready to roll for 2017! The AQUAMAN Open Water Swim and Aquathlon Series is the perfect opportunity for swimmers and triathletes of all ages and abilities to practice their open water swimming in a fun, competitive environment and at distances not previously offered at other venues. It’s also the perfect opportunity for triathletes to practice their open water pacing and swimming in a mass start format with the bonus of an added 5K run. After each race you’ll have a chance to relax, kick back with friends, and enjoy the post race food and drinks.

The race package allows you to show up for any date you like until all races in your package have been used.Your race numbers will always be waiting for you at the pre-registered check-in. It is the most affordable and flexible way to race!

There are seven events every week. Four swim only events half mile, mile, mile and a half and two mile, There are two swim/run events half mile swim and 5K, one mile swim and 5K, and there is also a stand alone 5K run. The races are sent off in waves the first wave at 6:30 has the 2 mile swimmers and the one mile swim 5K runners, the second wave is the half mile swim and 5 K and the final wave has all the swim only races that is also when the 5K run will begin.

Event details and registration here

 

Tuesdays June 20- August 1, excluding July 4

August 8, rain date

Aquaman Series

Swim Beach at Cherry Creek State Park, Aurora

 

Denver’s favorite Summer Series is ready to roll for 2017! The AQUAMAN Open Water Swim and Aquathlon Series is the perfect opportunity for swimmers and triathletes of all ages and abilities to practice their open water swimming in a fun, competitive environment and at distances not previously offered at other venues. It’s also the perfect opportunity for triathletes to practice their open water pacing and swimming in a mass start format with the bonus of an added 5K run. After each race you’ll have a chance to relax, kick back with friends, and enjoy the post race food and drinks.

The race package allows you to show up for any date you like until all races in your package have been used.Your race numbers will always be waiting for you at the pre-registered check-in. It is the most affordable and flexible way to race!

There are seven events every week. Four swim only events half mile, mile, mile and a half and two mile, There are two swim/run events half mile swim and 5K, one mile swim and 5K, and there is also a stand alone 5K run. The races are sent off in waves the first wave at 6:30 has the 2 mile swimmers and the one mile swim 5K runners, the second wave is the half mile swim and 5 K and the final wave has all the swim only races that is also when the 5K run will begin.

Event details and registration here

 

Tuesdays June 20- August 1, excluding July 4

August 8, rain date

Monday Masters: Working the Recovery

Photo via Simone Castrovillari

Courtesy of Eney Jones

Everyone works the bottom of their stroke, we reach, then push and propel ourselves forward. But we are dealing with two different elements while swimming, water and air. It is easy to be more deliberate underwater in a denser material, but rarely do swimmers work the “recovery” part of their stroke. They even hear the word recovery and they slow down and relax, and place their catch. Instead we need to speed up our airspeed as I call Split Tempo.

Having more speed and alacrity in the air will create a more deliberate forceful catch. Speed creates power. I have always found this helpful in Open Water but last week end watched it in Caeleb Dressel’s 40:40 100 relay split. In sprinting you want more length in the front of your stroke. The higher you can be in the water the easier it is to push yourself forward.

When you tell swimmers to speed up their tempo often they shorten their stroke. Working on Split Tempo will allow the stroke to be longer under water and faster through the air. In Caelebs’ 100 free split in the relay each arm underwater was .33 seconds. His left arm straighter and faster thru the air was .21 seconds and his right more arced arm thru the air was .23 seconds for a 1.1 second rotation of both arms. This is quite amazing because his is 6’3” inches tall. On a Finis Tempo trainer setting #1 set at 1:1 the beep is when his left arm hits.

See Video Caeleb Dressel 400 Medley Relay A-Final.

Katie Ledecky’s overall Tempo in the mile is 1:37 ( she is 6 feet tall) but once again she is faster thru the air than the water. Usually the difference is not as pronounced as Dressels’, but that is why most people are looking at his feet or just feeling a wave go by.

There are a few ways to work this:

  • On land – Keep you upper thoracic mobile. Everyone uses cables to mimic swimming, but have the cables behind you and punch forward and down. Before a race rather than swing your arms around bend over and cross front and back ( think Phelps) .
  • In the water – Use shells, biscuit sand dollars, whiffle balls or tennis balls with holes: something that will fill up underneath and drain thru the air.
  • Drill – Grab paddles over the front end, slice thru the air, punch the catch.

Be deliberate and be fast thru the air and you will find your times dropping from easily from there.

Eney Jones has achieved remarkably diverse success as a leading pool, open water and Ironman triathlon swimmer, and is also a yoga instructor.

  • Masters National Champion 100-200-400-500-1500-1650 5k freestyle 2009
  • Open Water 5k Champion Perth Australia, May 2008.
  • National Masters Champion 200-400-1500 freestyle Champion, Portland Oregon, August, 2008.
  • Overall Champion Aumakua 2.4k Maui Hawaii, September 2008
  • Waikiki Rough Water Swim 3rd place 2006, second place Overall 2009, 3rd place 2012
  • European Record Holder and Masters Swimming Champion, 2005. Records included 200, 400, 800, 1500 m freestyle
  • Over twenty time finalist in U.S. Swimming Nationals, including Olympic Trials 1980
  • Gold medal NCAA 800 yd freestyle relay 1979, silver Medalist 200 yd freestyle 1979. United States National Team 1979-1980.
  • Professional Triathlete 1983-1991. First woman out of the water in every Hawaiian Ironman participated (6).

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Ironman Boulder Lands in Top 10 Best in World for Swim

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From Slowtwitch
The World Triathlon Corporation asked the approximately quarter million triathletes who participated in the 40 Ironman and 96 Ironman 70.3 events last year to rate their experiences. According to the WTC, 55,000 men and women responded to post-race surveys which asked them to rate their overall satisfaction in several categories on a point scale of 1 to 5. Based on the scores of the survey, the WTC announced top 10 Ironman and top 10 Ironman 70.3 global events in several categories including: Best Overall Event, Best Swim, Best Bike, Best Run, Best Venue Experience and Best Post Race Celebration.

Best Overall Swim
1. IRONMAN Australia
2. IRONMAN Wales
3. IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene
4. Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga
5. SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia
T6. Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand
T6. Sun Smart IRONMAN Western Australia
8. IRONMAN Barcelona
9. IRONMAN Louisville
10. IRONMAN Boulder

The best quote: “This was the best swim I have ever had (comfort, ease of sighting, quickest time!) and was so blown away by all of the volunteers helping in the water. I felt so much safer than in any other race and felt that they helped keep us all on course. Thank you.” – IRONMAN Boulder.

Read the full article and all the rankings