Barry Murphy almost quit swimming after London 2012



Irish Olympic swimmer Barry Murphy has revealed how following a less than successful performance at the Olympics last summer, he considered quitting competitive swimming.

“I had set out to get to the quarters and semis and to do my best. But I didn’t achieve that, which was hard to take.

“I went through a few months where I was asking myself: am I ready to give it up?” […]

However, after finding a new coach, a new training regime and a new diet, Barry has rekindled his passion for the pool.

“I’ve been on the Paleo diet since January,” he explains.

“I just eat a lot more carbs because of the volume of training I do,” says Barry. The Paelo diet is one of the toughest to maintain. All processed and refined foods are off the menu, as well as most dairy products.

(Video from before London 2012)

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