Most of my blogs involve swimming. Since coming back to southern California I’ve set my mind that I wanted to learn how to surf. After spending a few days looking for the perfect board, I came across this beauty. It’s been great getting my mind off of swimming and trying something new.
Some of my teammates already know how to surf and they’ve been kind of enough to give me some tips. I can proudly say that I can get up on my board and surf straight in. Unfortunately I probably don’t make it look for elegant since I’m still a little unsure of myself, but I have to say I’ve been having an absolute blast. I constantly have a smile on my face regardless of being tossed around. Click here for some pics.
It’s always nice to do something new :)
I know this is a little late, but better late than never. I got back from Europe just over 3 weeks ago. My trip was a complete success. After qualifying for World Championships this summer at Swiss Nationals, I spent 2 days with my family before heading to Eindhoven for another swim meet. I was a little tired from the racing the previous weekend but knew that with some extra days rest in between, I could pop some good times.
First day, 400m: I knew that I could swim close to my best time in this race because of my results the previous week. I didn’t expect to crush my best time though. With 3:49.11 I am now ranked in the top 10 in the world this season. Here is a video of the swim (I'm 3rd from the top).
Second day 100m: I used this race as a warm up for the 200 the following. I wanted to be able to swim the first 50 with nice easy speed before powering home. My goal was to break the 50second barrier but came up a few tenths short. My first 50m was WAY too slow. 50.34
Third day 200m: I was expecting to be a little faster in this race since I had such a good 400 two days before. It wasn’t meant to be though. On a positive note, my splits were very even and there was no sign of fatigue at the end of the race. Here is a video (I'm 4th from the bottom).
Over all I’m extremely happy with how it went. It's been almost 3 years since I've swam a best time in any LCM Freestyle events. All my freestyle best times used to be in the old Speedo LZR bodysuit. Being able to swim fast in the 2010 suit gives me a lot of confidence heading into World Championships this summer, and the Olympic Games next year.
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!
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!