11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte swam 400 IM at the Pro Swim in Austin. He was shaved and semi-rested, clocking a 4:12. Not bad for a guy who said he did not want to swim that event again–ever. But this is the Olympic year, and everyone has a touch of Olympic Fever. Motivations are high. Harder work is being banked, and now, according to Lochte, a veteran over 30 years old, 400 IM is on the table for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha.
SwimMAC CEO and Head Coach David Marsh said he wanted to see Ryan do it so he – at very least – has the option to race 400 IM at Trials.
From the outside looking in, it appears no one really knows if Ryan will or won’t race 400 IM. It seems it will all come down to how much conditioning Ryan does over the next 90 days.
If you missed Michael Phelps interview, he joked to Ryan that if you win it at the last Olympics, you have to swim at US Trials. Phelps went on to say, in a more serious tone, he thinks Ryan can do it, but he has to do the work.
Will Ryan race 400 IM in Omaha…or at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio? If so, how fast will he go? I think Ryan’s a sub 4:04.7 if he does it, and I think that’s enough be in the hunt for gold. What do you think?
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