When Ryan Lochte said he was going to try training outside of Gainesville for the first time in a decade after the World Championships, he brought up the possibility of going to California.
As it turns out, he’s going to go much, much further than that.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports today that Lochte will get right back into his training after Barcelona, including an extended four-month training trip to Australia to train with Denis Cotterell: head coach at the Miami Swimming club and coach of Chinese World Record holder Sun Yang, among others.
Lochte reitterated that Gregg Troy is still his coach, but that he would spend time training with different clubs and coaches in the United States, and then spend two-to-six week intervals training abroad.
He also named SwimMAC Carolina with David Marsh as a future training spot. SwimMAC is the biggest professional training group in the country not affiliated with a college program. He ruled out Southern California, saying it’s “not for me.”
“I’m not going to be the same swimmer where I just went in the water and did millions and millions of yardage all the time and just hurt my body non-stop,” Lochte said to the DBNJ. “No, I’m getting older and my body can’t handle that. So I’m going to start doing different things like more speedwork.”
Troy says that less yardage is never going to be the answer: “I don’t know of any sport where you cut down and get better,” Troy said. “Can we do it differently and find out some other ways? I think we can go out and get some different opinions. He can train with a different coach. I can see something a little different, but he’ll still stay close to the things that made him successful.”