"Last workout ever," Phelps tweeted Friday morning, joking that he wouldn't have to do anymore "garbage yardage" and thanking his coach for guiding him throughout his career. "Now let's have some fun this week."
Phelps showed he means business by beating Lochte in both the 200 free and the 200 IM at the U.S. trials. While Lochte took the 400 IM, Phelps only restored that event to his program earlier this year, after vowing to give it up after Beijing. He figures to be faster in London than he was in Omaha.
"It's always a challenge to have things go perfectly," Phelps said. "For the very first night, it is going to be a challenging race. It's going to be an exciting race. Bob and I have changed a few things over the past few weeks, and we'll see what's going to happen in that race. I feel confident. Everything feels good."
Lochte vows he'll also be a lot faster than he was at the trials.
"I knew that wasn't my meet," he said. "That was just a little appetizer, I guess. This is the big show. This is what I've been working for. I wasn't working for trials. I was working for the Olympics."
Because of his unique training program, he believes he's got an edge on everyone at the pool — Phelps included. Lochte is convinced that flipping an 850-pound tire 20 or 30 times down a lonely Florida road is just what he needed to knock off the guy with all those gold medals.
"That Strongman stuff, it helped me out a lot," Lochte said. "I knew no other swimmer was doing the stuff I was doing. I knew I had an edge. That gave me the confidence that I needed."
Now, we'll see if that's enough.
What an opening night indeed.
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