My first week with Michelle

This entry is part 4 of 18 in the series Race Club Diaries

When Anthony left Islamorada, I moved to the Race Club house. As Gary left the house for a trip to the Bahamas with his grand-father and Bebe left for spending some time in San Diego, I was home alone.

This first day alone, I tried to get more familiar with the place where I spend my time. I went out with the Jeep to explore a bit of the Keys. When I came back in the early evening, I was still alone at the Race Club house. But not for long. Only a few minutes after I found a comfortable position on the couch and a good movie on TV, Michelle Engelsman came through the door.

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My time with Anthony

This entry is part 3 of 18 in the series Race Club Diaries

Do you remember the Olympic Games 2000 in Sydney? Well, I do. I remember a great and thrilling 50m Freestyle race won by two American guys, Gary Hall Jr. and Anthony Ervin, both in 21,98s!

And exactly with this Anthony Ervin I spent my first 2 weeks down in Islamorada. Let me try to be honest with you. When I first saw Anthony, I thought something like “Wow, this is him, this guy won the Olympic Games!?!”

I mean I don’t remember how Anthony looked in 2000. I just remember that I saw a great race on television. But it is like it is. Time changes and people do, too. Even when Anthony may, at first sight, not look like what you generally imagine thinking of an Olympic gold medalist, you can see when he’s swimming why this guy won gold. Looking at Anthony, it seems like the easiest thing to float on the water and swim with a long strong stroke through the pool. He’s for sure one of the most talented swimmers I ever saw.

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Speedo Swim Miami 2005

This entry is part 2 of 18 in the series Race Club Diaries

Already on my first weekend down in Islamorada with The Race Club, after a 4 weeks summer break (“tradition” in Switzerland after the Swiss National Championships held in July), and after only 3 easy workouts, I went to Miami for the Open Water Speedo Swim meet on Saturday, August 27, 2005, together with Anthony Irvin.

Anthony and I left our house in Islamorada the day before, as we both don’t like to get up early in the morning (meet started at 9.00 a.m.). So we drove down to Miami in the early evening of Friday, to spend the night at Gary’s house.

On Saturday, at exactly 9.00 a.m., without having done any warm-up and not really feeling ready to do this 1 mile Open Water Swimming as early in the morning as 9.00 a.m., the race started with an impressing number of participants. We had to swim one round of the circuit which had been set out. The first straight I just wanted to get out of the crowd without loosing too much energies already at the beginning (take it as a short warm-up).

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From Switzerland to Islamorada

This entry is part 1 of 18 in the series Race Club Diaries

Last summer after graduating from my 4 years’ studies in Trade and Commerce, I decided to make my dream true and focus on swimming for at least one year. What I want to find out in this time is, if I can go further in swimming than “only” Swiss National Championships or if I just love this sport and have fund with a couple of workouts a week

So I began to write Emails to leading swimming clubs all over Europe to find a place I could stay for a while in a professional surrounding with professional workouts. As a fan of Gary Hall Jr., The Race Club was always in my head on top of my list, but everybody around me told me that I would never be accepted to stay over there. Encouraged by my former American coach, Chris Morgan, and because I always go my own way, I decided to try it anyway. And look, where I am now!

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