How long does it take Michael Phelps to swim a mile?
According to ESPN, Michael Phelps' swimming speed capped off at about 6 miles per hour in 2010. If you're thinking 6 miles per hour sounds less than impressive, imagine trying to swim across a 6 mile-wide body of water in just an hour.
2.4 miles or 3,800 meters is a long time to be swimming. The average age-group swimmer takes roughly eighty minutes to swim this distance without stopping. And of course you're going to follow that with a bike ride and full marathon run.
- The "70.3" refers to the total distance in miles (113.0 km) covered in the race, consisting of a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, a 56-mile (90 km) bike ride, and a 13.1-mile (21.1 km) run. Each distance of the swim, bike, and run segments is half the distance of that segment in an Ironman triathlon.
- You must finish the 2.4 mile swim in a maximum of 2 hours 20 minutes. You are required to have completed both the swim and cycle within 10 hours and 30 minutes, and you have 16 hours and 50 minutes to cross the line altogether. Only if you finish within this time can you call yourself an Ironman finisher.
- Olympic triathlons (including the NYC Triathlon) involve a 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run. In "Iron Man" triathlons, the swimming portion can be as long as 3.9 kilometers, followed by up to a 180-kilometer bike ride and a 42.2-kilometer run (the same distance as a marathon).
Updated: 23rd September 2018