On Saturday, three Olympic swimmers gathered at Spinnaker Beach Club on Panama City Beach to sign autographs and take pictures with fans. Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer, and Paralympian Justin Zook spent hours meeting close to 600 of their closest fans, and all for a good cause, as proceeds from the event went towards the Mac Crutchfield Foundation, which aims to fund college scholarships and organize Special Olympic swim meets.
While this year's Olympics are in the books, as far as training goes, Rio isn't too far off, and while Justin says he doesn't know if he has another four years in him, Conor's already hit the pool, and Ryan says his body is telling him he needs to get back at it. This time around, he's changing his training around, because Ryan says he likes being different.
"I can't do same thing over and over again or I'll get bored and I'll end up quitting," he says. "It definitely keeps me fresh and it's fun. After a hard workout you feel good about yourself and you're like man, I want to do that again. I love doing it, and I'm excited to get back into it. I'm definitely going to pick some more events, and hopefully, more Golds."
Ryan says he still plans on racing the same events he did in London, but the new events he picks will be shorter, sprinting events.