About a month ago, our friend Julia made a bet with Derek. She bet him that he couldn't go under a 30.2 in the 50 breaststroke. Now, for you non-swimming people, that's fast! - so it should have been a reasonable bet. Derek was at a 34 when the bet was made.
Derek is one of the most competitive people I know and he was not going to lose this bet. He had one month to prepare. During this month he trained almost two hours a day in the water doing drills and sets as well as out of the water, lifting, stretching, etc. He had several coaches, including myself. He was so ready.
Last Thursday was the big day. They set up the electronic timing system for it, and Bubba, another friend who was also involved in the bet, was swimming the 50 fly right next to Derek.
One of the coaches had lent Derek a suit (banned by current standards, but a suit, none-the-less) to race in and there was quite a crowd there to watch...
He swam a 28.7. That's fast. Especially in breaststroke and after only one month of training. Very impressive. Wow!
Don't ever bet against Derek. He will find a way to win.
I'm so proud!