After his monster performance at the SEC championships, we as swim fans were fortunate enough to see the rising sprinting savant race against the big boys in long course at the Orlando pro swim series. And what a show it was.
Getting right back into the swing of things, this was just opportunity to get some long course racing in for Dressel in the lead up to Olympic Trials. In what was quite possibly the first time we have ever seen Nathan Adrian and Caeleb Dressel go head-to-head in the splash-n-dash, Nathan nabbed the win in a convincing 21.7, but Dressel was hot on his heels, putting up a very solid 22.0.
Recently the New York Times put out an article on Dressel (after he smashed multiple American records in Columbia, Missouri), and in it he talked his time with Bolles, and how his coach there, Jason Calanog, would have him write daily journal entries about his workouts.
When I asked Caeleb about those journal entries this past weekend, he said that he had started writing them again, and hadn’t missed a single day this entire season.
Seeing the level of introspection and reflection that Dressel commits to on a daily basis in order to understand where his stroke is and how he performs in different environments is nothing short of incredible. After understanding how well Caeleb knows his own stroke and body, and how they change under different circumstances, it’s no surprise that he is on the fast track to being one of the greatest sprinters we have ever seen.