Olympic Trials Day 4 - Swimming is a Lifestyle!

by Josh Huger (MrUtopia)

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Created June 28th, 2012 04:30:44 PM

Modified June 28th, 2012 04:30:44 PM

Olympic Trials Day 4 - Swimming is a Lifestyle!

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I just completed the 200 breast my 2nd and last event in Omaha at the 2012 Olympic Swimming Trials.   I finished 62nd out of 129, up 4 from my seed of 66th.   I didn’t beat my time from April in the 200, but I swam a controlled and smart race and was only off by .4 seconds.    Once I finished, I realized that today was only the 5th time that I even swam the 200 in Long Course Meters since the 2000 Olympic Trials (I swam it 3 times last summer and two times this year).   So in the end, I’m quite happy that I was able to go under 2:20 two times this year, whereas last summer my fastest was 2:20.35.

Also being recognized as the oldest male to ever compete at Olympic Trials is such an honor.  I’m looking forward to 2016 and 2020 when surely someone else will push the envelope even further!   I ended up receiving media coverage that I wasn’t expecting, and I definitely heard some fans in the crowd, in addition to my biggest fan, my daughter Summer.  I can tell you that I’m definitely relieved to have performed well, I recall last summer when I first made the cuts wondering if I’d be able to make the cuts again a year later in Omaha, so to have improved on what I did last year is definitely great.

I have to also take time out to recognize my wife, Brandi, who I met as a freshman at the University of Michigan in 1992 for all of the support she gave me this year as she made sure I had the time to make my workouts more consistent than before.   She also suggested adding Pilates to my routine which definitely was helpful and was a totally new twist on my workouts which made it more interesting and fun for me.    So thanks Brandi, and kids, for putting up with me being gone early on Saturday and Sunday morning workouts, and for the late week nights at work.   

Also I need to thank everyone at Project Insight (http://www.projectinsight.net) for supporting this effort and for not scheduling meetings at 11 AM on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays so I could be consistent with my workouts at the pool.  

I need to thank my coaches, Mike Collins, Jim Dietrich and Kim Thornton, as well as all of the Nova Masters swimmers (http://www.novamasters.com) for creating an environment for excellence… and also for putting up with me substituting free, back, fly and IM to breaststroke during your sets.  (By the way, I’ll probably still do that in the future when I’m working on my breaststroke, so I hope you don’t mind).   

I need to thank my former coaches Dave Salo, Jon Urbanchek and John Woodling, not only for encouraging me to swim in the Olympic Trials, but also for being a huge part my life from of teaching me many life lessons which apply directly to work, family and life in general, not just swimming.   I am lucky to have been coached by such great men!

Thanks to my extended family, friends and fans for supporting my efforts as well, it’s incredible to have seen how many of you were following along!  

So now what?   Well I can tell you this, I’m not quitting swimming, to me the sport of swimming, and aquatics in general is a lifestyle.   Most of my friends from Southern California understand this because many of you also enjoy swimming, surfing, stand-up paddling, water polo, open water swimming, bodysurfing, anything aquatic!  

So in the future, even beyond this year I’ll continue to swim US Masters Swimming (http://www.usms.org) and I’m also looking forward to competing next weekend here in Omaha with all of you who are coming.   I know it’s going to be an incredible experience for myself, so those of you who are coming are definitely in for a special treat with this pool and setup.  

I intend to continue to swim 3 to 5 hours per week as I have been for about the last 3 years since I got more serious about USMS, and I’ll continue my weight training and Pilates which is new for me.  I’ll also keep surfing and doing the things I’ve always done as long as I can.   Swimming workouts give you such an incredible natural high that many of you know about, isn’t that why we do it?   

Little did I know when I begged my mom to put me on the swim team with my older sisters back in 1978 that I’d still be doing the same thing 34 years later!   My daughter just started swimming this year on the OC Riptide swim team in Huntington Beach (http://ocriptideaquatics.org) so I’ll be attending age group meets with her as she continues to grow in the sport.  

Swimming isn’t just a sport; it’s a lifestyle, a way of life!