We started off our trip with a week long preparation camp in Sabadell, Spain. Here we really just gather as a team, rest, swim and eat well. It’s a chance for us to get away from all distractions, and just do what we need to do to prepare. Everything went smoothly.
Commonwealth games in Scotland had its ups and downs. The village was amazing; great food, accommodation, transportation and athletic facilities. I even got a chance to see some royals (Will, Kate and Harry) and Usain Bolt. Bonus! My races were alright. Nothing to brag about, but nothing horrible. I was 6th in my 200 breaststroke and only 4 tenths of a second off the bronze medal. My swim wasn’t near my best time, but it was the fastest I’ve swam this season, and considering the fact that my year has been far from normal, I have to walk away somewhat satisfied. The rest of the team swam great, and it was awesome to cheer Canada to gold medals multiple times in the pool. We didn’t take part in the opening ceremonies because we had to save energy for racing the next day and as for the closing ceremonies, we left before they even happened… to get back to training.
This coming Tuesday I’m off to Australia for another crack at the international scene of racing. We’ll be in the Gold coast racing at the Pan Pacific Championships… I hear that Sportsnet One should be covering the meet from August 21st-24th at 8:00 pm EST. My 200 breaststroke will be on the 24th.
This meet will be a faster than Scotland because we now have the Japanese and Americans added to the mix. After the meet, I have a bit of time off and will check out some Australian sites before heading back to Toronto.