“I’m as motivated now as I’ve ever been, and the changes I’ve made in my life as a professional swimmer have paid off. In my training, I try to do something different each day – focus on power one day, race pace on another, threshold sets on another, etc. – all while keeping focus on the stroke.”
While excited about the opportunity to swim well at upcoming nationals and make his second World Championship team, Houchin said, just as he did at Olympic Trials and the Olympic Games last summer, he will approach the meet as the “end-all.”
He said he knows the outcomes will take care of themselves, and he will rely upon the structure and hard work that have put him where he is today.
“It’s easy to spend so much time earning a spot that you lose sight of why you’re really there: because you love swimming,” Houchin said. “I know I’m still having fun, and I’ve let the performances take care of themselves.
“Personally, I try to focus on the moment whenever possible – the fans, the sounds, the memories, the friends. Those are the things that stay with you no matter where you are or where you go.”