Australian swim star Michael Klim admits to there having been times when he has climbed out of the pool and shaken his head, now after his comeback, mornings he has returned form a session and told his wife Lindy he wasn’t sure he could continue.
The most recent difficult time came in Dubai when he was hit by a virus in the days leading up to an event and swam 51.7sec in the 100m freestyle. His old world record was 48.18sec.
As he rested in the cool of his Dubai hotel room, flattened by illness and racing, his friend and Olympic champion Ian Thorpe just happened to call.
“I’ve hit a bit of a wall,” Klim told Thorpe. “I’ve been going so well.”
Thorpe had also been gliding through the water and then hit the wall. They spoke about the plateau.
“My time trial I did a couple of months ago was faster than my Dubai race,” Klim says. “It’s hard. I expect to be improving every single time.”
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