“Finally time to dry off” espnW blog
August 10, 2012
My racing is complete, and my suits are drying out for the first time in longer than I can remember.
Swimmers don’t get much of a break. We pretty much train full time, year-round, which I have done for my entire career. (I have been on the national team since 2005.) It feels nice to sleep in and worry about when I need a shower rather than when I need to hop into a cold pool. I am enjoying the mental and physical vacation.
My racing went extremely well. I finished my first Olympic Games with two medals, a bronze in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay and a gold from swimming the prelims of the 4×100 medley relay. I swam a lifetime best in the individual 100 freestyle, raced in three Olympic finals — 4×100 freestyle relay, 100 freestyle and 50 freestyle — and definitely had the most fun of any athlete competing at the Games, if you couldn’t tell by the perma-smile I had plastered on my face the entire time.
I raced until the final night of swimming, but I got to do some sightseeing before leaving London. I saw the Williams sisters win doubles gold, the Andy Murray versus Roger Federer final and Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings’ quarterfinal beach volleyball match. I went on the London Eye and even got to visit some sponsors’ houses around the city. I am currently at my fiancé’s family house in Switzerland for a few relaxing days before heading back to the village for the closing ceremonies.
I am not sure when I will be getting in the pool again, but I look forward to running, yoga and gym workouts when I get home. It will be nice to stay in shape with some cross-training and not be staring at the black line at the bottom of the pool for a while.