We sat down with Andrew Ford yesterday, the Guelph swimmer hoping to represent Canada this summer in London.
Ford, 22, is preparing for the toughest event in all of swimming – the 400 metre individual medley. It’s an unforgiving underwater battle where muscles are pushed to crippling levels of pain, a technically-demanding combination of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and front crawl where the difference between winning and losing can be a hundredth of a second.
He's swimming 55,000 metres a week to get ready, and consuming 6,000 calories a day to fuel his body. Preparing for the Olympic time trials has been a full-time job for three years.
But for a guy who's been swimming competitively since he was 10, it's not just about the love of the sport. For him, swimming is also about the simple serenity of being in water.
"I have absolute clarity in the water. It helps me block out the rest of the world for two hours at a time," he said. "It's wonderful."
Watch for a full profile on Andrew and a video from Mat McCarthy this Saturday.