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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Legacy Of 43

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Outside Magazine touted James Lawrence's current attempt at completing 50 Ironman triathlons in 50 states in 50 days as one of the most hardcore endurance record attempts.

If anyone can do fifty 2.4-mile swims + fifty 112-mile bike rides + 50 26.2-mile runs 50 days in a row, Lawrence can. He has already completed 30 Ironman races in a year (in 11 countries) and has been training for this unprecedented attempt for two years.

After he started in Hawaii and then went on to Alaska and the rest of the continental United States, his logistics and operations required a tremendous amount of planning. As of July 4th, he has completed 29 full triathlons in 29 days and looking good to swim 120 miles, bike 5,600 miles and run 1,310 miles in a little more than 7 weeks.

When open water swimmers discuss the most hardcore endurance record in their own sport, it would be hard to overcome Alison Streeter's record that may never be broken: 43 successful solo crossings of the English Channel between 1982 and 2004.

During the 22-year period, the Queen of the Channel® swam 903 cumulative miles in a stretch of water whose conditions she could never predict. And she punctuated those crossing with dozens of other channel swims and marathon swims around the world from Catalina Channel and Manhattan Island Marathon Swim to the North Channel and the Isle of Wight while working as a currency trader and raising money for a variety of causes.

The Queen of the Channel®, named as one of the World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women, has a legacy and record that may never be equalled:

English Channel Solo Crossings
1. 31 August 1982 - 11 hour 21 minute Solo
2-3. 3 August 1983 - 21 hour 16 minute two-way Solo
4. 26 July 1984 - 10 hour 6 minutes Solo
5. 28 September 1986 - 11 hour 3 minute Solo
6. 20 September 1988 - 8 hour 48 minute Solo
7. 24 September 1989 - 9 hour 41 minute Solo
8-10. 2 August 1990 - 34 hour 40 minute three-way Solo
11. 26 September 1990 - 9 hour 50 minute Solo
12. 14 August 1991 - 10 hour 7 minute Solo
13. 8 September 1991 - 9 hour 53 minute Solo
14. 27 June 1992 - 11 hour 41 minute Solo
15. 8 July 1992 - 10 hour 40 minute Solo
16. 28 July 1992 - 11 hour 12 minute Solo
17-18. 5 August 1992 - 22 hour 20 minute two-way Solo
19. 22 August 1992 - 11 hour 17 minute Solo
20. 21 September 1992 - 10 hour 45 minute Solo
21. 12 July 1993 - 10 hour 16 minute Solo
22. 28 August 1993 - 11 hour 14 minute Solo
23. 25 September 1993 - 10 hour 17 minute Solo
24. 16 July 1994 - 11 hour 26 minute Solo
25. 1 August 1994 - 10 hour 48 minute Solo
26. 2 September 1994 - 9 hour 40 minute Solo
27. 28 September 1994 - 10 hour 24 minute Solo
28. 7 July 1995 - 11 hour 53 minute Solo
29-30. 21 July 1995 - 20 hour 55 minute two-way Solo
31. 21 August 1995 - 9 hour 55 minute Solo
32. 4 September 1995 - 10 hour 58 minute Solo
33. 26 July 1996 - 9 hour 30 minute Solo
34. 20 August 1996 - 9 hour 31 minute Solo
35. 29 June 1997 - 11 hour 35 minute Solo
36. 8 September 1997 - 11 hour 14 minute Solo
37. 2 August 1998 - 10 hour 56 minute Solo
38. 6 July 1999 - 11 hour 3 minute Solo
39. 6 August 2000 - 12 hour 28 minute Solo
40. 26 July 2001 - 14 hour 24 minute Solo
41. 5 July 2003 - 12 hour 58 minute Solo
42. 20 September 2003 - 13 hour 44 minute Solo
43. 24 July 2004 - 12 hour 35 minute Solo

English Channel Relay Crossings
44. 26 August 2000 - 12 hour 37 minute Relay International 125th Year Relay
45. 10 September 2000 - 11 hour 33 minute Special Category Swim Reza's Warriors
46-47. 20 July 2003 - 21 hour 20 minute two-way Relay Michigan Masochists
48. 2 August 2003 - 13 hour 43 minute Relay Chelly's Jellies
49. 24 July 2006 - 13 hour 24 minute Relay Hubert House Heavenly Honeys

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