American sprinter Michael Andrew has posted his latest vlog to his YouTube channel, giving us a peek behind the scenes of his 2019 World Championships experience as well as some insight into the year to come.
The first portion of the video gives a look at Team USA’s arrival in Gwangju, South Korea. Andrew takes viewers from the airport on day one to the village, giving room tours, checking out the pool, and seeing the dining hall.
In the last few minutes of the vlog, he talks about how he was a bit disappointed with his times and his results from Worlds, which only included one medal from swimming in the prelims of a relay. He was excited about making the final in all four 50’s, though, and then he shares that he’s going to be turning his focus to the 200 IM going forward.
He noted his 1:57 from earlier this year, which was “off of very little training, just a lot of surfing and a few 100 pace sets here and there.”
This is a shift from Andrew’s focus on 50’s, especially since the upcoming Olympics only have the 50 free.
“The plan was never to be focused on those solely,” said Andrew about the 50s of stroke. He also said that he’ll still be getting back to his USRPT regimen, in addition to ‘pushing the distance quite a bit’ and ‘experimenting a bit with weights and making the body a little stronger.’
Since his family’s December move from Kansas to California, he has told SwimSwam that he’s been ‘experimenting with lifting,’ doing it in ‘unconventional’ ways that don’t break the body down too much.
With Olympic Trials less than 11 months away, we’re seeing Andrew fine-tune his training. The 200 IM is now looking like a primary event for him for 2020, along with (most likely) the 50 free, and then the 100’s of stroke. His endurance-building efforts may pay dividends in his 100’s of stroke, which have traditionally been slightly weaker than his 50’s.
Even post-Ryan Lochte‘s return, Andrew is still the #2 American swimmer this season.