Tipped to win a number of golds on the Tokyo Video games, which have been initially scheduled for this summer time earlier than the coronavirus pandemic put the world on maintain, Dressel is studying to adapt — adjusting to life with out common visits to the swimming pool and making an attempt to manage with out bodily seeing the household and mates he misses a lot.
He has additionally needed to put plans for world domination on maintain, too.
The 23-year-old received seven golds on the 2017 World Championships and 6 in 2019 and has damaged Phelps’ 100 meter butterfly world file. This summer time he could have matched Phelps’ file of eight golds at a single Video games, however the American is sanguine about his profession being at a standstill.”I actually do not need a pity occasion or something like that,” Dressel instructed CNN Sport. “I nonetheless have my sponsors, so the worst factor occurs to me is I do not get to swim within the Olympics for a 12 months. , that is not the tip of the world for me.
“Individuals are getting sick or dying, in order that’s why I am okay with [it]. I do not get to swim in a pool — I am effective with that getting pushed again as a result of there are a variety of issues which are greater than swimming. That is life or dying. So what I do not get to swim for a 12 months. That is precisely what the mindset must be.”
Life in lockdown
To fight the tedium of life in lockdown, the two-time Olympic gold medalist has joined within the on-line craze of performing trick pictures whereas in quarantine, with the assistance of an assistant, his pet canine Jane.
“This was day 4 within the quarantine, so I am nonetheless making an attempt to determine it out,” he defined. “I’ve seen a few trick shot movies going round, I am going to attempt a few of these out. I did some fairly cool ones, however … the cup taped to her head — yeah, that was the largest one.
“That was really the toughest one as properly as a result of she stored shifting and stuff. It has been enjoyable making movies, making an attempt to work together. I simply miss seeing individuals. I am not like a social butterfly or something, however I simply miss seeing even my mates. I imply, everyone does. I miss seeing my mother and father.
“However social media has been serving to rather a lot. My YouTube channel I’ve finished greater than I ever have on it. Instagram, going dwell and simply making an attempt to attach with individuals essentially the most I can as a result of if I am feeling lonely, I really feel like lots of people are and it is simply sort of in search of something to really feel related with. So I am making an attempt to assist out with that.”
To match Dressel’s physique to that of a Greek God would maybe be sufficient to make even Zeus himself blush.
Nevertheless, with coaching time within the pool restricted as a result of lockdown — he can now “solely” swim 4 instances every week and weight practice — the swimming star has turn out to be extra aware about his weight loss program.
And that may be notably difficult for anyone with a candy tooth. Dressel has beforehand admitted his dream cheat meal can be to complete a complete household pack of Oreos and one in all his housemates, Ben Kennedy, is famend for baking brownies.
“He is so good at baking it is insane,” Dressel mentioned. “He is bought a bit of apron and all the things. He simply bakes on a regular basis.
“Generally, if he needs me to have a cookie, I am going to have a cookie, however simply to have the ability to praise him and let him know that his cooking was good. However proper now, greater than ever, I need to attempt to hone-in on cleansing up my weight loss program.
“It isn’t like I used to be consuming like trash earlier, however it’s simpler now that I am not becoming in 10 practices every week. Once I bought out of the water in my previous routine, I am simply in search of any meals in sight to only stuff in my physique — simply very, very hungry. So proper now, it is rather a lot simpler to sort of undergo and select the precise meals forward of time.”
Dressel is lucky to dwell inside a 5 minute stroll from the house of his power and conditioning coach, Matt DeLancey, and have entry to his storage fitness center.
It won’t fairly match the coaching amenities he is used to, however Dressel — along with his philosophical outlook on life — is selecting to deal with the small wins.
“I get to work out shirtless,” he mentioned. “I hate sporting shirts. I imply, more often than not I am simply in a Speedo, so I get to raise with out a shirt on now. So there are literally some higher issues with lifting when you consider it.”
Regardless of his Olympic plans being derailed by this unprecedented scenario, Dressel is set to benefit from the challenges put it in entrance of him.
On the swimming entrance, his coach has tapered his coaching plan to keep away from burnout with virtually 18 months nonetheless go to till the rescheduled video games, whereas out of the pool he is dedicating a few of his further time to studying extra.
He additionally has a marriage to plan, though he admitted a lot of the group is being expertly dealt with by fiancee, Meghan Haila, who Dressel proposed to on the finish of final 12 months.
“Am I going to let this positively simply damage all of the momentum I had or am I going to hold that over to 2021?” he mentioned. “I plan on carrying it over and simply staying hungry, nonetheless discovering methods to problem myself, nonetheless waking up early, I do not need to sleep in.
“I need to have all the things in place the place I come out of this higher and forward of the place I used to be earlier than this occurred. It isn’t good, it is not unhealthy, it is simply completely different and what are you going to do throughout this time to show into one thing higher? I imply, that applies to everyone.
“That does not simply apply to me, it would not apply to swimmers, it would not apply to only athletes. When you’re out of a job proper now there are issues you are able to do. There are issues you may work on, issues that you need to have been engaged on that perhaps you are too busy to do that you may begin knocking out throughout this time.
“No matter lies in entrance, we’ll get used to it and we’ll adapt and work out a plan.”