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BSC17 - 7 Days To Go With Michael Gunning!

10 April 2017

Michael Gunning

With just one week left until British Championships, we stopped butterfly champ Michael Gunning mid-set to pick his brain and find out what makes him tick as he preps for the World Championship Trials.

Events entered at British Champs?
400M Freestyle, 200M Freestyle, 200M Butterfly and 100M Butterfly.

Target for the meet?
Get on the podium in the 200M Butterfly.

Favourite Funky Trunks print?
Bumble Jumble.

Do you have any superstitions or pre-race rituals?
Touching my toes for six seconds before leaving the call room. Just a little thing I do so I know I am warm enough and ready to race.

Favourite taper time TV series?
I don't really watch many TV series, but I do love reading books.

Perfect race day breakfast?
Porridge with berries, nuts and golden syrup.

What food do you prefer to eat the night before a big race?
It would have to be a pasta meal like spaghetti carbonara, or a thin-based pizza with healthy toppings.

Favourite taper swimming set?
It's crazy but I love doing a stand-up 200M butterfly as a broken swim. During taper I love seeing how fast I can go, as I know I will be swimming a lot faster when race day comes.

Psych up song/playlist?
It's got to be an upbeat song but I often like to listen to 'Shake it Off' by Taylor Swift. Guilty!

What do you do to relax during taper?
Read a book, spend time with family and have a good laugh with my close friends.

Favourite cheat meal or treat?
It's a tough one. Either Chinese take-away or a huge slice of cake with a coffee.

Who's your sporting hero and why do they inspire you?
Michael Phelps. What he has done for the sport of swimming is incredible and I can only dream of having a little bit of the success he has experienced. Even one gold medal would be a dream!

If you could race against any swimmer in the world, past or present, who would it be and why?
Obviously Michael Phelps, but unfortunately I'll never get that chance now!

Tea or coffee?
Coffee every time. It's my one weakness and there are so many amazing coffee shops in London!!

Chocolate or sweets?
That's a tough one! I love anything sweet but I think I would have to pick chocolate. In particular melted chocolate.

Lane leader or back of the pack?
I prefer leading the lane, I hate getting stuck at the back.

We're wishing the best of luck to Michael and all our F-Team as they get ready to compete at BSC17!! You can follow Michael and his training by following @michaelgunning1 or to see more of our UK F-Team check out @funkytrunks_uk

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