Ryan Lochte, lexical prodigy and owner of 12 world swimming titles, will be competing next week in the world championships in Barcelona. The event will run sans Michael Phelps, making it the first major competition in over 10 years not to feature the dominant swimmer/Subway proselytizer.
Lochte spoke about the oddness of no longer competing against Phelps:
There’s no doubt he (Phelps) is going to go down in history as the best swimmer ever and I was just happy I was a part of that. He’s the hardest racer I have ever had to go up against and I had fun and we grew into a really good friendship because of that.
We both pushed each other and now that he is gone I am definitely going to miss him. But I can’t really focus just on him. There are other competitors out there who are finding different ways every year to get a lot faster.
I just have to worry about myself, step on those blocks and race (Reuters).
The 28-year-old Lochte will be competing in seven events total: four individual races and three team relays. He will also certainly be providing us deep thoughts about the wetness of water and, like, if fish can understand it.