Brandon's like me, about the same age, doing everything he can to stay fit, swimming.
There's been a lot of smack-talk about the 50 yard fly at Masters Nationals coming up this spring in Clovis, CA. I've got my goal times, and Brandon's got his, and Keith Dennison is a big question mark. I got a feeling Brandon will be sub 25 seconds. I went about that fast back in November, as a get-out-swim, at the GOLDEN GOGGLES / USA SWIMMING FOUNDATION / MASTERS SWIMMING CLINIC in Manhattan. (Please note: The USA Swimming Foundation will be doing more clinics in 2009, with more Olympians, with great instruction while having a great time!)
Keith, though, he worries me. I trained with Keith at the peak of my career, and I never ever beat him in a practice, in a sprint fly repeat. Keith's a long-time friend and great guy.
However, I have a feeling, Keith's sneaking around, doing double workouts, or something extra between now and Masters National Championships on the side. I don't know what it is, but I must admit I've been worrying about it.
Being an Olympic Gold Medalist in the 200 fly, I shouldn't have anything left to prove.....but I'm feeling the heat, feeling the pressure....I think I need to drill-down and get serious about my tiny swimming workouts. (If any spies out there want to let me in on Keith's plan, I ready and willing to listen.)
I suppose we are all just a bunch of old swimming geeks. That's ok. I can accept it. As a matter of fact, I wouldn't want it any other way...
If you missed my SWIMNETWORK INTERVIEWS at the Long Beach Grand Prix, here they are:
Note: I buttoned my interview with Ous, calling him "MeZOOLIE. I edited the piece and would've cut it to protect my mistake. However, I liked Ous throwing the "peace sign" too much. I would've lost that tiny piece of tape, so I had to live with my embarrassing mistake. :(