ca. 0930 local time
400 m Freestyle
After having spent the last couple of days fine tuning in Singapore I am finally in Shanghai. The five-hour flight went by in a flash, as I was embedded in my book and listening to Andrea Bocelli on my noise-cancelling headphones. The next couple of days before my first race are without a doubt my favorite as swimmer. I get this feeling of calmness and collectedness every time before my main competition of the season. I know I’m ready. I know I’m ready because I can feel the excitement and feel the adrenaline through my veins. I get flashes of what my races will feel and look like when I close my eyes. It’s almost like lightning strikes. My heart pounds hard and fast when I think about each turn, each stroke, each breath. I can hear the turbulence of the water thrashing in my ears. I can sense the water splashing around me as my arms recover and my hands enter the water. I can feel the power in my kick driving me forward like a motorboat. These vision last only a couple of seconds and when I open my eyes I am back in my hotel room, in the bus or back on the massage table.
On the outside I’m peaceful, but on the inside there is a storm of emotions and of energy brewing inside of me. Only a few days left until my first race; The Quiet before the Storm.
It's been a little while since my last entry. Some of that has to do with the fact that nothing exciting has really happened since Santa Clara. After training hard for another 2 weeks, I have slowly backed off on the yardage and have been finetuning my body for World Championships in 8 days.
I arrived in Singapore this morning after 20 hours of travel from LA to Singapore, via Tokyo. 20 hours on a plane is a long time but fortunately I flew on the new Airbus A-380. What an incredible machine. I flew this plane for the first time in 2008 just before the Olympics and it still amazes me. It's so quiet when it flies and it's incredible how many people it can transport.
I will be spending 5 days here before flying to Shanghai. Make sure to check back for more frequent updates in the next couple of days.
As always, THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT!
I only got back from Santa Clara a few hours ago and I only have a few minutes before my first workout of the week. I wanted to drop a few quick lines concerning my performances in the bay area.
Jess and I decided to do a little road trip up to Santa Clara. We arrived the day before the meet and were excited to be back in the bay area. I've always enjoyed coming to this meet and have been doing so for the last 6 years. The level of competition is always very high and this year was no exception.
I swam the 200m and the 400m Freestyle. Unfortunately I performed well under my expectations in the 400m Free. With a prelims time of 3:55.5 I was expect quite a but more of myself in finals. I wasn't able to execute my race plan and became insecure midway through the race to finish substantially slower than my prelims time.
The 200m free was a much better showing. I swam a 1:48.72 which I am very pleased with. I currently find myself in very hard training and feel really beat down. I am lacking the easy speed that usually takes me out fast. Right now I feel like I am forcing my stroke and powering my way through the races. All in all I am pleased with the time though. Here's a video to the race.
It's time to get my bum into the pool. First practice of the week. There are only a few more weeks left until the end of the season. TIme to bite down and push through. No time to rest.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Father's Day. Take care and be well.