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GETTINGTOKNOW MICHAEL by Caitlin M. Foyt AGE: 26 HOMETOWN: tiM BiNNiNG/thesWiMPiCtUres.Net ALExANDROV Looking back on all you’ve accomplished and learned about yourself during the last couple of years, what can you say are you most proud of? Alexandrov is a Bulgarian native, but since he’s been living in the U.S. for 17 years, he considers the town where he attended high school, Champaign, Illinois, his true home. Tucson Ford Dealer Aquatics in Tucson, Arizona. Accomplishments: TEAM: Swimming is a sport that you really have to kind of want to do and pursue it on a very passionate level, because it doesn’t pay very much. What’s really rewarding about it is when I get to teach younger swimmers and help them find out what swimming really is and how to approach it. I’ve broken a bunch of records, but it’s most rewarding when you’re able to pass something on. What’s your training schedule like? Random people come up and say, “Can I join in?” They’re everyday kind of folk, like my neighbors, some of them were students. They said, ‘Hey can you train us?’ Some said, “This is too hard,” but the majority decided to come back and train. I ended up taking them on a run on campus and doing pull-ups on trees, and it turned into this whole urban training. I’m kind of known for urban training, not paying membership to a gym, just being free outside. It’s been awesome. What inspires you or drives you to train to the best of your ability? Alexandrov is a world class breaststroker. Last December, during the AT&T Short Course National Championships, he not only took home gold medals in the 100 and 200-yard breaststrokes, he also set American records in both events. Alexandrov swam for his mother country of Bulgaria in the 2004 Olympics before becoming a U.S. citizen in 2006. He held dual citizenship when he again competed as a Bulgarian in the 2008 Olympics, but now swims for Team USA. Alexandrov competed as an American at the Pan Pacific Championships last summer and will be at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai in July. 46 SPLASH • March/April 2011 I train 10 times a week. Sometimes I’ll go doubles (practice twice a day) or singles (one practice a day), switching off every other day. I also do a lot of urban training, outdoor cross-training working with the elements. I go to parks and I really enjoy working outside. What are some of these outdoor crosstraining activities that you’re adding to your regular work outs? Every swimmer’s dream isn’t to get a silver medal at the Olympics. Everyone wants gold. Of course it’s my goal. You don’t even need to ask me that. I’ve always been setting goals to be at the top level, whether it’s collegiate NCAAs in the finals, at the Olympics or the U.S. Olympic Trials. It’s setting goals and all the things that lead up to that are just little pit stops, if you will, that all add up to the final goal. Do you have any racing or training rituals? We’ll go to a park, find a tree and get the physio ball out and work on a tree and do pull-ups on rocks in the mountains at altitude. Get a few friends out there and just go urban. The weather here (in Arizona) is beautiful and being out in the fresh air is the healthiest way to work out, so why not try to get out there every chance I get? I try to keep an open mind and concentrate on the moment. There are certain basics like my warm-up I like to stick with, but things change. You can’t do the same things then expect different results.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Splash - March / April 2011

Splash - March / April 2011
Contents
Mailbag
Mike Gustafson
Swim Briefs/sound Waves
Grand Prix/justin Case
Technique
Nutrition
Strength & Conditioning
Your Photo
Training With
Athletic Foodie
Keys to Success
Why College Swimming?
So You Want to Swim in College?
2011 NCAA Preview
Top Ten Lists - Long Course Meters
Interactive
Getting to Know
Swim Nut Zeke
On the Ipod
Zone Athlete

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