Six-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte may be spending 20 hours a week swimming to train for the 2012 London Olympics, but as he told writer Stephen Rodrick in the August 2012 issue of 'Men's Journal': "I try not to let swimming define who I am." In other words, he has a life, and we were able to find a few examples of that in Rodrick's original interview with the free-spirited champ, who also graces the cover in a stunning shot by photographer Jake Chessum (photo-shoot outtakes of which are featured in this Web-exclusive Ryan Lochte gallery). From other sports to sports cars, Lochte's extracurricular activities definitely keep him out of the pool. Here are six of his favorites. Launch Gallery >>
Photograph by Jake Chessum
After too many Big Macs at the Olympic Village in Beijing in 2008 made him sick, Lochte changed his diet. Strength trainer Matt DeLancey suggested going to get a salad at Designer Greens, a family-owned sandwich and salad restaurant with locations in Gainesville and Orlando. "I don't know, I hate salad," Lochte said, but DeLancey prevailed. "[Ryan] ordered a basic half-salad and a half buffalo chicken sandwich," recalls DeLancey. "He eats the salad and says 'I love this.' All of the sudden, he's eating Designer Greens every day for lunch." As Lochte tells it, the dietary change paid off. "Once I started eating [better], I was seeing such a dramatic improvement," he says. "Instead of having one or two practices that went back to back that were great, I was having weeks and weeks that were really good."