I was blessed enough to attend the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Nebraska last week. The entire event was so overwhemingly inspiring, I am still settling back into reality. Not only did the big guns such as Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, and Katie Ledecky perform well, but the most eye-opening celebrations came in the form of the random heat 1 swimmer who knocked out a best time.
Seeing someone far from the top of the pack celebrate and be happy with their own success, meeting their own goal is so motivating for me. As I always say as a coach, swimming is You vs. You. Each individual, even at the elite level, has goals specific to his/her abilities and commitment. Even if we are nowhere near the Olympic Trials level, we can still apply the goal-setting and celebrative attitude to our everyday lives.
Swims of the meet for me included Ryan Held's 100m freestyle, Tom Shields' 200 fly, and Cullen Jones 50 freestyle. Cullen didn't make the team, but he threw down more than respectable sub-22's to get him through to the final.