Michael Phelps, who brought shame upon the entire country by not coming back from Athens with 74 gold medals, swam the 200 freestyle in 1:32.08 last night at a meet in Texas. That's about the time it takes me to swim a 50 and catch my breath enough to be ready for another lap.
For fun, let's extrapolate that to a 2.4 mile Ironman swim. The current record is 46:39, set at last year's IM-France by Cyrille Nevue. If Phelps could hold that 200 speed for 4200 yards, he would be out of the water in 32:13.72. It's a good thing he's too gangly to ride a bike.