He also had to suspend his plans for world domination.
“People get sick or die, that’s why I agree with [it]. I don’t have the ability to swim in a pool – it feels good to be pushed back because there are many things that are bigger than swimming. It’s life or death. So what I can not swim for a year. This is exactly what the state of mind should be. “
Locked out life
To fight the boredom of locked-out life, the double Olympic gold medalist joined the online craze to perform trap shots in quarantine, with the help of an assistant, his dog Jane.
“It was the fourth day of quarantine, so I’m still trying to figure it out,” he said. “I’ve seen a few videos shot, I’m going to try a few. I made some pretty cool, but … the cup stuck to his head – yeah, it was the biggest one.
“It was actually the hardest part too because she kept moving and all that. It was fun making videos, trying to interact. I just miss seeing people. I’m not not like a social butterfly or anything, but I just miss seeing even my friends. I mean, everyone does. I miss seeing my parents.
“But social media has helped a lot. My YouTube channel has done more than ever. Instagram, live and trying to connect with people as much as possible because if I feel alone, I feel like a lot of people do it and it’s just a little bit looking for anything to feel connected. So I’m trying to help you. “
Comparing Dressel’s physique to that of a Greek God would perhaps be enough to make even Zeus himself blush.
However, training time in the pool was limited due to the lock – he can now “only” swim only four times a week and exercise – the swimming star has become more aware of his diet.
And it can be particularly difficult for someone with a sweet tooth. Dressel has already admitted that his dream cheat meal would be to finish an entire family pack of Oreos and one of his roommates, Ben Kennedy, is renowned for baking brownies.
“It’s so good to cook that it’s crazy,” said Dressel. “He has a little apron and everything. He just cooks all the time.
“Sometimes if he wants me to have a cookie, I have one, but just to be able to compliment him and let him know his food was good. But now, more than ever, I want to try to focus on cleaning my food.
“It’s not like I ate like garbage earlier, but it’s easier now that I’m not doing 10 workouts a week. When I got out of the water in my old routine, I just looking for food in sight for just stuff in my body – just very, very hungry. So right now, it’s much easier to review and choose the right meals in advance. “
Dressel is fortunate to live less than a five-minute walk from the home of her strength and fitness trainer, Matt DeLancey, and to have access to her gym garage.
It may not quite match the training facilities he was used to, but Dressel – with his philosophical outlook on life – chooses to focus on small wins.
“I can train shirtless,” he said. “I hate to wear shirts. I mean, most of the time I’m just in a Speedo, so I can lift without a shirt now. So there are actually better things with lifting when you think about it.”
Despite her Olympic plans derailed by this unprecedented situation, Dressel is determined to make the most of the challenges facing her.
On the swimming front, his coach reduced his training plan to avoid burnout with almost 18 months before the rescheduled matches, while outside the pool, he devotes part of his extra time to reading .
He also has a wedding to plan, although he admitted that much of the organization was expertly managed by a fiancée, Meghan Haila, whom Dressel had proposed at the end of last year.
“Am I going to let that ruin absolutely all the momentum I had or am I going to postpone it until 2021?” he said. “I plan to carry it around and stay hungry, find ways to challenge myself, wake up early, I don’t want to sleep.”
“I want everything to be in place where I get better and where I was before it happened. It’s not good, it’s not bad, it’s just different and what are you going to do during that period to become something I mean, this applies to everyone.
“It doesn’t just apply to me, it doesn’t apply to swimmers, it doesn’t just apply to athletes. If you’re unemployed right now, there are things you can do. There are things you can work on things that you should have worked on and that you may be too busy to do that you can start knocking out during this time.
“Either way, we will get used to it and adapt and develop a plan.”