Ryan Lochte Previews 400 IM/200 Free Double at Atlanta Classic

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12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte previews his 400 IM and 200 Free double at the Atlanta Classic this weekend. The 36 year old swimming icon is a big topic on the run-up to the U.S. Olympic Trials in June. Lochte has shown real glimpses of his old self. He dropped a 3:40 400 yard IM and a 1:59.7 200 meter IM in-season.  Those swims checkout. They are certainly on the mark compared to past in-season swims.  His 100 fly, 100 back and 200 free have been a little rough, but Lochte has historically swum very slowly in-season due the heavy work-load Coach Gregg Troy demands of his swimmers.  In sum, I’m bullish on Lochte’s Olympic Trials performance. I just hope he gets enough rest on the run-up. He’s older. He will need more rest to feel that taper-speed in Omaha.

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Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

REST THE MAN!

A C
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

Mel never asked him exactly what Ryan and his coach decided 2-3 weeks ago. Did he start his taper already, skip some practices, or reduce yardage?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  A C
1 month ago

He said on IG a couple weeks ago that his taper started. He still looks wrecked.

Gold Medal Mel Stewart
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

…he said he’s coming down, but that’s relative. Coming down from 10-14k per day could be 6-8 weeks.

2Fat4Speed
1 month ago

What are the odds he actually does the double? He has dropped a bunch of events recently. Not being critical, just curious.

I think he should be all in on the 200IM.

Hswimmer
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
1 month ago

I think he will.

Gold Medal Mel Stewart
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
1 month ago

At 36…I told him NOT to double. That’s a lot of pain. He says Troy is making him do it…. We’ll see…

A C
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
1 month ago

What does the Trials schedule look like as regards 200IM, 400IM, and 200 Free?

Mr Piano
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
1 month ago

Jesus, Lochte looks like he’s only slept 2 hours haha.

I don’t think he should swim the 400 IM at trials, but I think he should do it at the Atlanta Classic just for endurance. His 1L59.7 200 IM in season has me thinking that he can drop to 1:56.0 or 1:55 high by trials, which will win it.

Also Mel can you approve this comment, thnx

Last edited 1 month ago by Mr Piano
Gold Medal Mel Stewart
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 month ago

Lochte had a slight allergic reaction that made the skin around his eyes a little puffy. He’s fine. It was slight, but it made him look tired…. I reviewed our last interview, and, interestingly, Lochte is clearly leaner. He’s at fighting weight. I should’ve asked him about that– just to compare his weight now to his 2019 Nationals win weight, which was at least 25 pounds heavier. I think being 25 pounds lighter puts him in the 1:55 range in 200 IM alone….

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
1 month ago

He looked like he was wearing the makeup/prosthetics actors wear when they’re playing elderly versions of themselves.

That said, he also looks lean tho, at least from the shoulders up.

West
1 month ago

Hypnosis

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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