The Training Arena - Q&A with Megan Romano
Today starts a new monthly series on the SwimOutlet.com blog featuring a Q&A with an Arena athlete talking about all things training! The first features 22-year-old Megan Romano, a 2013 World Champion and NCAA champion at Georgia. Leave a question or comment for Megan to answer at the bottom by October 28 and you’ll be entered to win an Arena backpack!
1.) We all know long training sessions are not always the most glamorous, what is the thing you love about training most and what’s your least favorite?
I don’t know many people who enjoy anything about practice (haha). But I love the feeling you get after having a really good practice and you’re really pumped about practicing the next day. You can’t wait to get to the pool and have an even better practice. I also like the feeling of getting stronger and better each day I practice. There is always something to work on. On the other hand, my least favorite thing about practice is waking up Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 5:30 am. It’s tough but you know it’s for the best. Getting up and actually going to practice and actually jumping in the freezing cold pool is another one of my least favorite things. But once you’re actually there and swimming, it’s not bad.
2.) Is there a favorite drill or training routine that you like to do. Something that just gets you motivated?
Something that gets me motivated and pumped is probably racing the person next to me. No matter who it is, boy or girl, I love to race. So when the main set comes, especially if it’s 50s or 100s or a lactate set, I’m always going to be ready to race. I also love fins. Going fast is really fun to me. And fins make you go really, really fast. So, I love fin sets.
3.) What suit do you usually train in and give us any idea of any training accessories that you really like to use?
I really like one piece training suits with skinny straps. For that reason, I like the Arena Mast training suit. And like I said, I really like using fins. Fins are my favorite equipment to use during sets. Paddles are also fun. I prefer using any equipment verses nothing at all so I would take anything instead of nothing at all.
4.) What out-of-water training is your favorite?
WEIGHTS!! I don’t know where I would be without them. I live in the weight room. I never miss a session and if I do, you know something is seriously wrong with me (haha). I just think it’s fun. Seeing how much you can lift is exciting and it makes you feel strong. There are endless possibilities in the weight room and I think it kind of takes your mind off swimming.
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5.) Talk about how tough (or not) it was mentally just missing the Olympic Team in 2012. Did it give you added motivation to train and take that next step?
Missing the Olympic team in 2012 was definitely one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through. It was tough as soon as it happened but I took it as a learning experience. As soon as the meet was over I took my frustration and turned it into positivity and went straight back to school, trained as hard as ever, and went to U.S. Open. With the times I swam at that meet, two weeks after Trials, I would’ve made the team in three different events. It is for sure always going to be in the back of my head but the past is the past and that’s where I’m going to leave 2012 Olympic Trials. I’m looking forward to the future and I’m confidant things will work out. I’m a firm believer in the quote “everything happens for a reason.”
6.) You made history with your anchor swim at 2013 Worlds to set an American record and win the 4x100m freestyle relay. What was the key for you leading up to the 2013 Worlds in terms of training and preparation?
I think that really it’s just about getting up and racing. I personally don’t think too much before meets or during meets. I just go out there and race. No matter how well or how badly I do, life is still going to go on. I’ve been swimming and training since I was 8 years old. The training will take care of itself. I’ve had enough experience underneath my belt to know what I need to do. I love to race and that’s why I still do the sport. I enjoy it and I can’t picture my life, right now, without it. Worlds 2013, especially that relay, with those amazing girls, was beyond words. The adrenaline I felt before jumping into the pool for that anchor leg was amazing and I look forward to doing it many more times.
Don’t forget to leave a question or comment for Megan to answer at the bottom by October 28 and you’ll be entered to win an Arena backpack!Email Address Invalid. Please enter an email address in the format: firstname.lastname@example.orgTom Eng
1 year ago.Hi, I started swimming about 4 years ago. I have really bad ankle flexibility. I cannot point my toes. My ankles are fixed in a 45 degree angle and they act as anchors slowing me down. I'm a good runner and have run all my life- (Im 42). I figure that is why I'm so inflexible. How can I overcome this? I cannot even propel myself with kicking holding a kickboard.Kimmy
2 years ago.my ten year old absolutely loves swimming what are some tactics to help him become a stronger swimmer?Megan Romano
2 years ago.Listen to his coach and have fun with the sport. Coaches know best about their swimmers and as for parents, I would suggest you give your son all the support he needs and leave the coaching to his coach. Swimming is a hard sport physically, mentally, and emotionally and swimmers like your son need a lot of support to stick with it.alex
2 years ago.If you could only swim one event for the rest of your life what would it be and why?Megan Romano
2 years ago.Probably 50 or 100 free because they are fun, fast, and my best stoke.Megan Romano
2 years ago.I honestly think that you need to not push him at all. If my parents would've pushed me I would've quit before high school for sure. He knows what he wants to do and if he wants to keep swimming let him swim. If not don't force him.Art
2 years ago.You are honestly an inspiration to all swimmers everywhere! To be as consistent and hard working as you are is a great example to all levels of swimming. Everyone should learn from your determination and perseverance in order to succeed in swimming, and in their lives. Your talent is out of this world, and you are an amazing swimmer!!! That anchor leg at the 2013 World Championships was such an amazing race and an inspirational moment to every swimmer, and the USA. You are one of my biggest role models and I strive to be like you. On behalf of all swimmers, thank you for being awesome!Megan Romano
2 years ago.Thank you very much for all your support! Helps to keep me motivated everyday.judy
2 years ago.Have you done any open water swimming? If so, do you have a favorite event/site?Megan Romano
2 years ago.I have in the past for zone meets and I did just recently for the Eric Shanteau charity event. It was at Lake Lanier. It was fun, however I only did 1000.Megan Romano
2 years ago.SCM and LCM are very different. SCM i basically just sprint it (if i'm in very good shape) haha. I save up my legs for the back half most of the time especially in LCM. I take it out long and steady and just try to keep my tempo up.Jan
2 years ago.What is your typical day’s schedule? And who or what is your inspiration?
I just start swimming and my goal for now is to just get to the pool for the early morning winter practices.megan romano
2 years ago.On a double's day it usually goes practice 5:30 to 7 am then school then practice again from 2:45-5 with weighs somewhere in between there. My inspiration is just to be the best I can be and keep having fun with it.Megan
2 years ago.Megan is the coolest name! :) what events are you favorite? Like just for funmegan romano
2 years ago.Megan is the best name ever!!! My favorite is the 50 free because it's fast and easy :)Ginnette
2 years ago.I'm a beginning swimmer just learned at age 49 any tips for me to improve? Thank you in advance!Megan Romano
2 years ago.Just keep constant at it. Try to do it a lot. Don't just go one or twice a week and expect significant results. Practice makes perfect so the more you do it the better you will get.Matt
2 years ago.what do you think is the hardest thing about swimming and why is it not covered as well as other sports?
2 years ago.I think the hardest thing is actually making yourself go to practice everyday with no days off. It's a very repetitive sport so just remember your goals and keep trucking along. I think it's not covered as much just because it's not a huge money maker her in the US. It's much bigger in other countries such as Europe and especially AUS.megan romano
2 years ago.The night before I usually eat pasta with protein like chicken and the morning before I like oatmeal or a bagel. I don't usually eat much before I race. I like my stomach to be sort of empty.Melanie
2 years ago.Thank you for all of the wonderful tips and for being an inspiration to swimmers everywhere!megan romano
2 years ago.Thank you!! I appreciate it.Andrea Peterson
2 years ago.How do you keep yourself motivated to keep training (especially in the morning)?megan romano
2 years ago.Im not going to lie it definitely gets tough but if you have a goal and you work day in and day out to reach that goal your motivation gets stronger and you begin to want to go to practice all the time.LAURA
2 years ago.I am new to freestyle - just learned how to swim 2 year ago (I'm 47) . . . what advice do you have for adults who want to learn to swim for fitness and triathlons?megan romano
2 years ago.That's awesome! I think you should just take it a little bit at time. Maybe start swimming with some other people who have been doing it for a while and ask them to give you some sets they've done. Don't try to hard at the beginning just stick with it. Consistency is key.Jacob
2 years ago.I'm 6'2" and weigh 150lbs and 16 yrs old. With the amount of swimming I do I can not seem to gain weight. Could you tell me what types of food you eat? What do you eat the morning before the race? Thanks!megan romano
2 years ago.I eat a lot of protein and pasta. I wish I ate more steak for the iron but any kind of protein is awesome for you. Also try to keep your carbs really high is your trying to gain weight. Pasta and bread. Bagels with peanut butter...etc.Alvin Tsai
2 years ago.Hi Megan! How do you feel in terms of excitement before racing a big race?Megan Romano
2 years ago.I love racing! Big meets motivate me to work hard in practice and when the race comes I have built up excitement that helps give me energy during my race.Eric SPM
2 years ago.Megan, I wsa fortunate to attend one of your clinics in St. Pete. Have you done others since, and are you planning on doing more in Florida? Good luck this season. Train hard, swim fast.Megan Romano
2 years ago.I have not done any clinics since, but I have one scheduled in March. None in Florida that I know of, but I hope to do more soon.pattie crew
2 years ago.My sister, Mary Ferrentino, an avid sports and Megan fan enlightened me in regard to your swimming trials for the Olympics. I live in Georgia (St. Mary's) and watched every time Mary texted, "Megan swimming tonight." Talked to your mom the day Mary passed, which made my day. Please continue to inspire the young as you do, but also the old who love to watch you swim.
My question? What do you do to prevent the pool elements and chemicals from damaging your hair and skin? Thanks for being a Dawg! pcMegan Romano
2 years ago.Thank you for your support! I have been fortunate to have healthy hair and skin, but use a lot of face lotion!Amer hunt
2 years ago.You are so amazing and I want to work so hard so I can swim with you and just be as good as a swimmer as you!Megan Romano
2 years ago.Keep working hard and keep an eye on your goals!Sherri
2 years ago.How do you stay motivated to swim? I am sure you have been swimming since you were little and so many kids who are really good, just drop it.Megan Romano
2 years ago.The support from fans and my teammates have helped me stay in the sport. My teammates help keep the spirit alive and the support from the fans make it worth while.Deb
2 years ago.Megan, My 11 year old daughter has been swimming competively for only one year, but has had much success. Although swimming is her favorite sport, she struggles to balance other sports such as soccer. Did you play other spors and if so, what age did you commit to swimming?Megan Romano
2 years ago.I played basketball and volleyball until ninth grade when I choose to swim full time. I think having the other sports at an younger age has helped me stay in swimming longer.Rachel
2 years ago.I am the president of a youth competition team & I'm becoming frustrated at the lack of sportsmanship on our own team - kids are pointing fingers at those who they feel lost the relay for them, etc.. What are some good team building drills?Megan Romano
2 years ago.I think the team should go around and share their goals to understand that they have similar goals. Also, involving the team together in camps or team cheers.Sue
2 years ago.What advice would you give to a special Olympic swim team to encourage them in their aquatics adventures?Megan Romano
2 years ago.HAVE FUN! Being a part of a team is very special and enjoy every minute of it.Nancy Pacchioli
2 years ago.How do you balance the rest of life, rest, family, friends with your training?Megan Romano
2 years ago.Swimming has really helped me with time management so that I could balance all the important parts of my life. i have made many sacrifices throughout my career but have prioritized family. friends, and academics with swimming.Add a Comment
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