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Happy New Year! It’s now officially 2016, which means the Olympics are right around the corner! We’re training at full throttle right now in Palo Alto, and things are going really well in the pool. Here are a few highlights from the past month:
– I went to Dallas for the KMSC Pro-Am Classic swim meet for my third time as a pro. This was the first time the meet was in Dallas, as the normal pool in Oklahoma City was closed down a few months ago. Thankfully, the meet is still going strong, and it was a blast as always, thanks to the collaborative efforts of MARS and KMSC, the host teams. I competed in the 100 Butterfly, 500 Freestyle, 1650 Freestyle, and 200 Butterfly and got some prize money out of the meet!
– Of note: this was my first 1650 in NINE years, and it was the first time I had to do the mile and the 200 Fly in one session. I came away from that double with solid times (15:14 and 1:44, respectively), a bit of extra confidence, and the peace of mind that I’ll never-ever-ever do that double again.
– At the meet, I broke out my brand-new, bright green Dolfin Titianium! Prior to this meet, I’d only worn the gray one, but now I might not want to go back to wearing such a plain color. Suffice it to say that the bright colors leave a lasting impression!
– I may have gone to see the new Star Wars (almost as cool as my bright green racing suit, by the way!) in between sessions of the meet on Friday…but I was definitely focused on the meet the whole time!
– From Dallas, I went to Kansas City to visit my family. I got a ride from the airport from Pete Malone, my old coach from the Kansas City Blazers, and we got to catch up a bit! I thoroughly enjoyed my week of light training, well aware that I probably won’t get another one of those until I start to taper at the end of May.
– All good things must come to an end, and so I ended up back in California for the remainder of December for a couple weeks of harder-than-usual workouts. Lots of Butterfly – lots of 300s of Butterfly. Between that and the 1650 in Dallas I’m sure I won’t be intimidated by a 200 ever again. No major injuries or illnesses to report, so I’ve laid a great foundation for the rest of the year!
– Bobby Bollier