Sean tells – 1500 to 10K it’s a lot of racing

Here’s some insight from one of the nicest guys on the national team – Sean Ryan.  But don’t let his friendly demeanor fool you – he’s an insane worker and competitor.  Sean shares some of what’s been going on between Indy, Kazan and Barcelona.

To start this update I first have to say that this past month has been a whirlwind. Starting at US Nationals and World Championship Trials for the pool in Indy I have been constantly on the move and swimming fast. I swam well in Indy on a half taper including a third place finish in the mile just missing a spot on the pool team for the world championships. Then I headed home for a week before leaving for the World University Games in Kazan, Russia to swim the 800 and the 1500 in the pool. I swam extremely well at the WUGS winning my first individual international medal as well as breaking 15 minutes in the 1500 for the first time. I also had a best time in the 800 as well. My time in Russia was cut short though as I left for our open water training camp the day after the 800 final. I traveled on the 15th just 5 days before the 5k here in Barcelona. Training camp was fun switching gears from pool swimming to open water swimming and getting to know the team. I knew most of my teammates so that transition wasn’t bad at all especially because Jordan and Becca, the only two I didn’t know coming in, are really friendly and great to be around. I was optimistic coming into the meet but obviously it hasn’t panned out quite like I thought it would. I’m a little bummed after my performances but I know that this experience will help me grow to be a better swimmer. In both the 5 and 10k races I have learned a lot about major international races where I have very little experience, and I’m looking forward to continuing to learn as I grow in this sport.

I have the team pursuit race left here in Barcelona and regardless of what happens I will look back on this summer as a success. I had a great 1500 at WUGS and found that elusive international medal, and most importantly I achieved a longtime goal of mine breaking 15 minutes in the 1500. I was also able to get more valuable open water race at the international level which I will be able to take with me for my next international races to learn how to translate my pool speed into the open water arena.

In This Story

Leave a Reply

About Mike Lewis

Mike Lewis

Mike Lewis is a freelance commercial, sport and lifestyle photographer based in San Diego.  Mike began making photos in the early 80’s and immersed himself in all aspects of the photographic arts.  Mike’s professional career in in photography began after 12 years working within the United States Olympic movement; he …

Read More »

Want to take your swimfandom to the next level?

Subscribe to SwimSwam Magazine!