Lochte’s reality show is getting a lot of ink, and at the Orlando Grand Prix he spoke very candidly about the impact the production is having on his training. It was more of a conversation Lochte would have with swimmers, coaches and the community rather than a soundbite on the red carpet in Hollywood. Swim fans may be critical of anything that pulls the 11-time Olympic medalist away from training for 8 weeks, but consider that this guy’s been logging thousands of miles in the pool since well before the 2004 Olympic Games. A break might do him good, even though filming the show isn’t a break. As Lochte states, he’s getting in four or more pool practices a week and heavy dryland training.
Lochte’s Orlando Grand Prix results as reported by SwimSwam last night:
Men’s 200 IM
Ryan Lochte came out on top for the first time in Orlando, finishing first in the men’s 200m IM. World Record Holder Lochte had a tough battle with Tyler Clary but was able to get the better of him during the last 100 finishing in 2:01.32 to Clary’s 2:02.91. Lochte’s Daytona Beach teammate Conor Dwyer finished third in 2:03.39.
Men’s 200 Backstroke
Clary and Lochte faced off again later in the evening in the 200m backstroke. 2012 Olympic champion Tyler Clary defeated a close field to take the win in 1:57.85. Yannick Lebherz finished behind him in 1:59.31 followed by up-and-comer Ryan Murphy in 1:59.92. Lochte, not particularly focusing on the 200m backstroke during the grand prix meets this year finished far back in fifth with a time of 2:01.32.