Today was round two of the “Summer of Fly” showdown between me and my workout buddy Mike. We hung out a little bit Wednesday night to trash talk each other and try to covertly figure out how fast the other one was feeling this week. I knew Mike meant business today when he was actually stretching and stuff before we got in the water. The fun part about today was this wasn’t a spontaneous thing like the 50 fly 2 weeks ago… everybody knew what was up today and there was a little excitement in the pool.

We started with a stock warm up and did about 600 additional yards to get ready. Once we were done with all that I gave Dani my camera so she could take on the official cinematographical duties for this very important, possibly historic, motivatory event.


Me and Mike got up on the deck and had about a minute to get ready. Christy started us and we were off. I had a pretty good underwater start and surfaced about even with Mike after he had taken about 3 strokes. He was a little bit ahead at the first turn but I made it up on the second length. We touched essentially even on the second turn and started moving for the finish. Just like last time we were right on top of each other the whole way. Christy rushed down to the far end of the pool to watch the finish so we would know who won. And again Mike got me by a touch… maybe 3/10s of a second tops! Argh! Oh well… I’ve got the 100, 125, 150, 175, and 200 to make up for it :)


turn at the 50

After our race he had to bounce because he’s coaching some kids at a meet down in Irvine. The rest of us sorta kinda kept working out for a bit, but I probably did more talking than swimming. I’m still feeling Nationals and all that travel so it probably isn’t a bad thing that I took it a little easy today.

200 swim
200 kick
200 pull

8 x 50 drill/swim @ 1:00
8 x 25 variable speed @ :45

75 fly showdown!
25 easy

5 x 100 @ 1:30

1800 yards total

Tonight I’m making my way back to the east coast. I’m flying to SFO then Dallas and finally landing in Charlotte tomorrow before lunch. The hope is to get there early enough to go swim real quick where SwimMAC works out and then see what happens from there.

2 Responses to “75 Yard Fly Showdown”

  1. Jinxi says:

    Right on!
    I totally love it!!

    Ooooooo… so close. You guys rock!!

    I love the commentary on the video – too cute!!

    Have a great time in Charlotte, Rob!!

  2. Rob D says:

    I think I need to give all the blog readers homework Fight Club style… go pick a fight with a stranger :) It’s amazing what a little grudge match will do for your motivation!

    Thanks for the Charlotte-y well wishes… so far so good out here, looking forward to do some warm water swimming!