I have just returned from a month in the USA with my SPW squad & coach, Bohly. We attended a high altitude training camp at San Luis Potosi in Mexico. It is situated 300 miles (482 km) north of Mexico City and at an altitude of 6000 feet (1829 mt). It was great to swap the winter and cold mornings of Brisbane for Mexico’s sunny, warm weather and I’m loving my tan at the moment.
At the end of the altitude training camp we travelled to Santa Clara, California, for their annual International meet. This meet attracts elite swimmers worldwide and the competition is of a high standard. The organizers of this meet are to be congratulated on organizing a first class competition and on the live webcast to the world. Brilliant work guys.
Some of America’s top swimmers, Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and one of my main competitors, Ariana Kukors, were all in attendance. It was great to catch up with some of my American buddies.
I was really happy with my results, especially the 400 Individual Medley, which I won in a time of 4 minutes 36.5 seconds, 2 seconds faster than my time at the Nationals in April this year and untapered. It’s the 3rd fastest time swum in the world this year. I was stoked with my 200Fly time as this was a PB and I haven’t swum a PB in a long time. I usually don’t swim this fast during a training block, so it is encouraging to see these good times. Bring on the World Championships! I’m really excited to race.