Mittwoch, August 15, 2018

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Evaluation Swiss Nationals

I had an absolute blast in Geneva. It was great catching up with people and seeing old friends. I swam a total of 13 races and am happy with the result. I accomplished my goals to swim season bests in my races.

Here is a break down of the events (previous season best in brackets:

50m Free: 2nd 23.34 (no previous SB)

100m Free: 1st 50.10 (50.95)

200m Free: 1st 1:47.93 (1:48.90)

400m Free: 1st 3:51.74 (3:53.30)

100m Fly: 1st 54.31 (no previous SB)

I am very pleased with my results. I was happy to see such a big improvement in my 400m Free. With only a few days of rest I was able to swim a fast 400 and then a strong lead off in the 4x200 Free relay. This is something that I haven’t been able to do in the past.

I will now spend a few quiet days at home before heading out to Eindhoven, NED. I can’t wait to see what I’m capable with a few extra days of rest.

My program will consist of the 50, 100, 200 and 400 Free.

Take care everyone!

Home sweet home

It’s great to be home!

It’s been just over 24 hours since I touched down at Zurich airport. I went straight to pool and swam a bit, before making the hour drive home to St. Gallen. Spent a lovely evening with my parents before taking on jetlag by the horns. Jetlag won, and I only got about 5 hours of sleep.

Today, I’ve been relaxing and running some small errands. My mind is slowly getting into race mode and my thoughts are gearing more and more towards the weekend. I will be competing in Geneva at Swiss Nationals, which will serve as qualification for this summers World Championships in Shanghai, China. I’m excited to see everyone again and get the opportunity to race.

I’ll be competing in the 50, 100, 200, 400 Freestyle and the 100 Fly. My goal for the meet is to qualify for World Championships and swim season best times.

Season bests thus far:

50m Free: Haven’t swum this race yet

100m Free: 50.95

200m Free: 1:48.90

400m Free: 3:53.30

100m Fly: Haven’t swum this race yet

 

Click here for the results page.

 

Tomorrow I head to Geneva and you can be sure I’ll be pumped to get the swimming underway. Hopp Schwiiz!

Thoughts at 37’000 feet

I am constantly amazed by the concept of air travel. If you think about it… Here I am, at 37’000 feet, traveling well over 1’000 km/h and will touch down on a whole different side of the world once this 11 hour flight is over. I’m flying all the way from the west coast of America (Los Angeles) to the heart of Europe (Switzerland). From one home to another.

I love traveling. I don’t mind at all sitting in the same seat for 12 hours, as long as I have some legroom and can stretch my legs once in a while. Some people stress about packing for trips, I get super excited and usually wait until the last minute every time. My mother hates it. I’m pretty sure I got that trait from my father. Both, my father and I, have the tendency to leave everything to the last minute. Maybe it’s because if we wait till the very last second, time goes by faster and you don’t constantly think of what you are forgetting?! Whatever it may be, the packing for this trip was no different.

I woke up Sunday morning around 8 o’clock knowing that I had roughly 9 hours before driving to the airport. After slowly getting out of bed after reading the news on my iPad, I made my way down to the kitchen by 9:30. When I leave for trips, I stop buying groceries a couple of days beforehand, as they will just perish while I’m gone. Today was no different. I decided to treat Jess to some breakfast at a local little restaurant. Of course we weren’t the only ones with the idea to eat out for breakfast on a Sunday around 10 o’clock. After finishing our meal it was time to get cracking and run errands that I could have easily done a few days earlier.

It’s now easily noon and I’m driving around LA trying to find everything on the wish list that my family gave me. As fate would have it, some things are out of stock at one place, so I’m rushing around trying to get everything. Once I’m done with my shopping and get home it’s about 3:00 in the afternoon. I have 1½ hours to pack and get ready before heading to the airport. I finish packing in about 30 minutes. I now have an hour to kill. Jess can’t help but think that I’m forgetting something. With 15 minutes before heading to the airport, I stop playing PS3 and take a shower. I’m ready at 5pm on the dot. Perfect!

From the moment I got on this plane I haven’t been able to stop thinking about my family. I’m like a little kid waiting for Christmas to come. Technology these days makes staying in touch really easy with Skype and other methods of communication. But there is nothing better than seeing ones family in front of them and being able to embrace them. I can’t wait.

By the time this post is uploaded I’ll already have arrived at my family home and spread myself out with my clothes everywhere. I have the tendency to really make it be known when I’m home. I walk in take one shoe off, take a few steps, take the other shoe off, walk a few more, take my sweater off etc. At the end of the day I’ve left trails around the whole house. Just marking my homecoming I guess :)

Needless to say, it’s good to be home and I have air travel to thank for that!

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