Freestyling with McGinnis: Oct. 15
Our team recently held its “goals meeting,” and I left the meeting feeling more excited than I’ve been in quite some time, which is really something extraordinary. This is clearly the most unified group of people I’ve been associated with, and it seems that everyone has extremely specific goals compared to years past.
I heard people say they wanted to swim times that were specified down to one-hundredths of a second. This, in itself is impressive, but when they proceeded to tell HOW, specifically, they wanted to achieve these times, a voice in my head said, “This is going to be a really fun year.”
When I arrived home that night, I immediately took a large blank poster and wrote on it in thick black marker, “1:32.40.” This is the time I hope to achieve in the 200-yard freestyle at the NCAA Championship in March. As a whole, people were leaking with confidence following both the intrasquad meet and the meeting, which tells me we are going to be attacking workouts and races with a much greater intensity than before. More importantly, though, it means we could be taking a packed team to NCAAs this year.
I recently purchased a Gary Fischer road bike. It was well worth the $400, especially when considering my living situation. I live practically on campus, at the corner of Dean Keaton and Red River. My apartment is located on the top of a hill that overlooks the UT campus. It’s nice coasting down the hill on my bike every sunny weekday morning, feeling the cool breeze negate the Austin humidity.
Until next time...