WR-Holder Sarah Thomas Explains What Actually Goes into Swimming 100 Miles

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman HodgesGarrett McCaffrey, and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

SwimSwam sat down with Sarah Thomas, the world record-holder for the longest continuous swim (unassisted, non-wetsuited) done in current-neutral conditions (104.6 miles). Sarah came onto our radar when Young Thug tweeted at Michael Phelps, asking the 23-time Olympic gold medalist if he thought he could swim 100 miles, to which Phelps responded Yes. Thomas, one of the only humans to have ever ACTUALLY swam 100 miles, had other thoughts. She explains what actually goes into a 100-mile swim, from fueling your body, what you think about, and how you stay awake during the multi-day endeavor.

Music: Otis McDonald

Opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the interviewed guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of the hosts, SwimSwam Partners, LLC and/or SwimSwam advertising partners.

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1 month ago

Interesting that she makes no mention of performance enhancing drugs and use of Zofran in her long swims.

1 month ago

Amazing interview!
I had the pleasure of swimming and racing her in June 2021 in North Dakota.
She is down to earth and humble.

2 months ago

What an amazing, inspiring woman.

Coleman, great interview, I thoroughly enjoyed listening and learning.

2 months ago

Wow, Sarah, you are amazing! Your mental and physical ability to train for, and complete, those monumental swims, while beating cancer too, is just truly incredible and inspiring!

2 months ago

Coleman, thank you for this wonderful interview. I was hoping to hear from Sarah or one of the other ultra distance swimmers — the training, the mental aspect, the buildup, etc. I was hoping you asked her “what’s next?” but I’ll keep an eye out. My max. was just under 8 hours and I was pretty wiped from that, so knowing she’s done 7-8x that is incredible.

2 months ago

This sounds like the worst

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Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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