So… to start off, hopefully most of you saw or heard, but I competed at the Pan Am Games on July 15th and managed to snag a silver medal. My performance was pretty mediocre, but to compete at home with the crowd being as loud as it was, filled with lots of YOU, friends, family… was an experience I will never forget. It was so incredibly special to receive my silver medal and look up to so many familiar faces in the stands. Thank you all for making this such a special day for me. For those of you who weren’t able to attend, or catch it on TV – make sure you check out the pictures!
Immediately after PanAms I headed out with the National team to Spain to do a short preparation camp for the World Championships which were held in Russia. Unfortunately my 200 breaststroke in Russia was slower than PanAms and for the first time ever in my career on the national team (since 2009) I did not progress to the top 8 in the 200 breaststroke. Being one year out from the Olympics and having such a disappointing swim made me reconsider and think about a lot regarding my swimming. Before sitting down to fully debrief my performance I was lucky enough to travel to Greece with a friend for 10 days to decompress. Athens, Milos, Ios was a trip of a lifetime and exactly what I needed at that time.
When I got back to Toronto I lay out all my options for the year to come and decided if I wanted to maximize my performance and walk away after the 2015/2016 swim season feeling 100% fulfilled – I needed to move back to Vancouver to train under my previous coach and the breaststroke master , Joszef Nagy. SO…. I got up and left. * Here’s an article on my move: McCabe Moving back to Vancouver for Olympic Year
My Toronto coach, Ben Titley, my biggest supporters – Mursatt Chemicals, RBC, LMS, my teammates, my family, my roommate (who I ditched pretty quick) and friends have been overly supportive in my move which has made the transition smoother than I could have imagined. I’ve now been in Vancouver for about 2 months, and training has been going great. I’ve even been able to squeeze in a few beautiful BC hikes, a trip to Whistler and catch up with lots of friends from my time at UBC 3 years ago.
As for my Olympic preparation year – I will head to a training camp in San Diego in November, race in Seattle in December, train in Hawaii in January and Florida in March. Olympic trials will be in Scarborough at the Pan Am Pool in the first week of April. Here I must place 1st or 2nd in my event AND be under a time standard to punch my ticket to Rio.