For those of you who aren’t on “the Twitter,” or simply missed it, here’s a little update on what Vlad Morozov is shooting for this summer.
He posted a picture of a piece of paper that he says he’s had hanging over his bed for a while. That piece of paper had “17.9” and “40.8” written on it; presumably referring to the 17.9 relay split and 40.8 flat-start 100 free that he cleared this past weekend (he was a 17.86 relay start on the 50, and set the NCAA and U.S. Open Records in the 100 freestyle with a 40.76.
Now, he’s revealed what his goals are for this summer: 21.50 (50 free long course) and 47 (100 free long course). Those would give him a big chance at a podium at the World Championships, and though he said he was shaved and tapered for this meet, he’s been fast all-year long so they’re both within reach. He was as good as 22.06 in the 50 and 48.56 in the 100 freestyles in long course in 2012.
As they say, it’s not a goal unless you write it down. This is a great strategy for young swimmers to learn from: writing down realistic goals, and putting them somewhere that you’ll look at them every day. Not to put too much pressure on yourself, but for whenever you hit the down cycles that are inevitable in training as difficult as swimming, it’s a good reminder of why you’re doing it, and what you’re shooting for.