Behind the scenes of World Cup
Hong Kong and Doha, what a beauty they were! The title races were tight and point calculations the topic of conversation every night. Some fast, gutsy swims from everyone were seen. World Cup has always been my favourite competition each year. You get a chance to hone your skills over multiple competitions, make friends and win a bit of change on the side. What’s not to like?
Some of the highlights for me this cluster:
Chad vs Tom. The rivalry between these two has been a lot fun to watch over the years. The mind games they play could entertain me for hours on end. From Tom memorizing the Fina points table and knowing exactly how to beat him to Chad always trying to be last one out of the call room... Luckily, he hasn’t missed a race yet. Again this time round the boys stepping up giving us some great shows.
Sarah joined the tour for the first time this year and is absolutely killing it. She eats pressure for breakfast lunch and dinner always getting the job done. Even at the highest level such as the Olympic games she is as calm as a millpond. Something she has learned after a disappointing 2011 which I’ll post for you guys in an interview later. A lot can be learnt from her mental approach to competition. Tough as nails.
Ayrton “Schwing Schwing” Sweeney winning his first World Cup gold infront of his mother who saw him racing for the first time internationally ever in Hong Kong. After some hard years with an elbow injury he has made huge gains over the past year changing his mental approach and nutrition. One thing I have learnt from Ayrton and that I can’t advocate enough is that you have to cheer for yourself before anyone cheers for you. In a short period, he has built a name on social media for himself with his own #SchwingSchwing tag line. Our shenanigans on social media kept us entertained, I hope you enjoyed watching them.
The girls have been putting in some huge gutsy swims. Their points race is brutal with Katinka Hosszu, Sarah Sjostrom, Emily Seebohm, Femke Heemskerk and Ranomi Kromowidjojo all able to win multiple events in fast times with the overall points leader changing constantly. I’m happy to be on the men’s side for this tour.
For me the cluster served as a testing ground for numerous changes that I have implemented over the last couple weeks that seem to be working out. I managed a perfect tour with a 100% victory rate and a new textile World Record in 100 Breaststroke in 56,11. At 29 years old I’m swimming faster than I ever have... Which is a pretty damn good indication things are working. My recovery felt great with all the racing, time changes and flights plus my feeling in the water kept improving with each session.
I also kicked off the Blog and have interviews with Emily Seebohm, which has subsequently been posted, Femke Heemskerk, Sarah Sjostrom and Tom Shields which will all be posted over the coming weeks. I’ve had some great surprises learning from them in the process.
Heading home I won’t be attending the 3rd cluster. The last consisting of 3 stops is too long on travel dates in a busy period for Touch 58. I’ll miss the squad but will follow closely on an exciting close to the tour. Good luck everyone.