Cape Central swimming star doing what he can, where he can, to stay in shape

Cape Central senior swimmer Daniel Seabaugh trains in a friend's backyard pool recently. In the wake of the coronavirus, Seabaugh has found himself out of his typical training schedule.
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If Daniel Seabaugh can’t be IN the water, the very least the Cape Central swimming star will do in wake of the coronavirus problem that has engulfed the entire sports world is be NEAR the water.

“I went fishing for six hours,” Seabaugh said of a recent day.

The Cape Central senior had planned this spring to continue training in preparation for next fall when he enrolled at the University of Missouri.

Part of that regimen was in hopes Seabaugh could reach a time standard for the upcoming Olympic Trials at the recent Central Zone Section 8 Sectional at the Tigers’ facility in Columbia in mid-March.

“I was actually on my way up (to Sectionals) when it got canceled,” Seabaugh said.

When the sport of swimming shut down, Seabaugh had to navigate a bizarre world in which he has more free time on his hands than he ever imagined.

“I’ve actually got back into fishing because,” Seabaugh exhaled, “well, what else do I have to do?”

Seabaugh has trained 52 weeks each year for the past four years and attended 11 practices in each of those. Now every day is like a typical Sunday for him, where there is no swim workout and it has completely screwed up his body clock.

“I’m not burning as much energy, so I can stay up super late,” Seabaugh explained.

Seabaugh typically woke at 5 a.m. to attend the first of two practices Monday through Friday and another on Saturday. Now he finds himself waking at that hour with nothing to do.

He has lost weight since he began “the longest break I’ve had in four years” because of the lack of strength training and he is now cognizant of the amount he can eat, as opposed to being able to eat whenever and whatever he wanted.

Seabaugh hopped on his bike several days recently and rode the equivalent of a marathon (26 miles), and he was able last week to land a sweet opportunity to train in a pool once again.

“It’s at my friend’s house and it’s heated,” Seabaugh said of the backyard pool that he worked out (to a degree) in.

The shortened pool allows Seabaugh to take a few strokes, flip turn, take a few strokes, and flip turn again, and so on.

“I think a lap-and-a-half is about 25 yards,” Seabaugh said. “I get to work on my turns a lot.”

He swam for 30 minutes straight one day recently, which is better than not doing anything at all.

Seabaugh said he isn’t sure if the break will benefit him mentally or not, but there is no questioning that he misses training.

A positive that has resulted from the postponement of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo is the fact that Seabaugh now has an extra year to train to make the 2021 Olympic Trials.

“I’ll have a full year at college (training),” Seabaugh said. “So that is a positive.”

But for the time being, the eight-time MSHSAA state champion can continue swimming some in his friend’s pool, riding his bike, and reeling in some bass and bluegill out of the Cape LaCroix Creek.

“We’ll find out at the end of this if the break was good or not,” Seabaugh said.

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