Lance Armstrong Races In 2.4-Mile Open Water Swim

Lance Armstrong competes in the Red Licorice 2.4-mile open water swim in Austin, Texas.

Heading out the door? Read this article on the new Outside+ app available now on iOS devices for members! Download the app.

Lance Armstrong finishes the Red Licorice 2.4-mile open water swim in 49:12.

The question has been posed many times. How fast could Lance Armstrong complete an Ironman-distance open water swim of 2.4 miles? We finally have an answer. According to Lance Armstrong’s triathlon twitter alter ego, @Juanpelota, he competed in the Red Licorice 2.4-mile open water swim in Austin, Texas on Sunday, April 3.

@Juanpelota tweeted that he completed the event in the high 48-minute range:

“Done w/ the @Red_Licorice 2.4 mi open water swim. 3rd place. Time was 48 high. Congrats to @JamesBonney on the win.”

Professional triathletes James Bonney and James Cotter were the only two athletes to outpace Armstrong. Both Bonney and Cotter tweeted about swimming against Armstrong:

@JamesBonney: @juanpelota great swim. It was a solid ice breaker for the IM distance. Next time opt for the light weight waffles post-race.

@Cotterjp: Fast 2.4 mile swim with @jamesbonney and @juanpelota today. They both put me in the hurt. Juan will be FOP in any 70.3/IM swim.

Water temperatures were in the low 60s, making the race wetsuit legal. Here are the official finish times:

1. James Bonney 48:50
2. James Cotter 49:02
3. Lance Armstrong 49:12

Click here for complete results.

Click here for more Lance Armstrong news.

Jan Frodeno Reflects on His Final Ironman World Championship

Immediately after finishing 24th place at his final Ironman World Championships, the Olympic medalist (and three-time IMWC winner) explains what his race in Nice meant to him.