My name is Mike and I used swim competitively. I am not a swammer. I do still swim almost every day, but I no longer compete. I am not a rec swimmer or an open water swimmer. I am a swimmer without goals, which isn’t much of a swimmer at all.
2012 is another Olympic year and, as is the case with many people that never got an Olympic trial cut but always dreamed of it, it is difficult not to daydream about getting back in and training for this year’s trials. I have a couple friends that have gotten back in (www.jennybradford.com) or didn’t really quit after the last Olympic Trials (www.adamritterswim.com). The problem here is that I was a 200 butterflier. No one really gets back in after 5 years to get a trial cut in the 200 butterfly because that event will end you. Adam Ritter of AdamRitterSwim.com has never swam a 200 butterfly in his entire career. He was the 2007 NCAA champion in the 200 IM and he has not swam a 200 fly in competition because he knew it would end him. So I either need to get tough and get in, or find a new goal.
People ask me why I do not swim farther or more frequently and it really boils down to this; My favorite part of swimming was racing. Not training. Certainly not training alone. My favorite race was the 200 fly. It’s ok with me if I never do the 200 butterfly again. I will never go faster than I have gone already because I will never train harder for it than I trained in college. It is time for a new swimming related goal. If we break it down to the actual act of propelling myself through the water, my absolute favorite thing about swimming is swimming under water.
More specifically underwater dolphin kicking. In college I was obsessed with adjusting my streamline and dolphin kick to be the fastest and most efficient it could be. I wanted to take fewer kicks and get to 15m faster than anyone else in the pool.
Back in December, I took a job in Maui. As you may know, every year from about December-May humpback whales make their migration to Maui to mate and have their calves. I have seen many whales breach this season and it got me wondering whether it is possible for humans to breach. I remember reading how Lunocet developing a monofin that would allow a human to breach. Hours of research (looking for videos of humans breaching on youtube) and hundreds of monofinning videos yielded a single clip of a human breaching with a monofin.
I have watched this video about 50 times. I am obsessed with the idea of breaching.
I want to jump out of the water like a humpback whale. I plan to film my progress and keep everyone posted here on ProjectBreach.com. So while Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte waste their dolphin kicking talent not breaching, I’ll be here in Maui, listening to the Rocky soundtrack and getting fit to breach.