Go Away With ... Nathan Adrian
Olympian Nathan Adrian will be cheering on Team USA when the athletes compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. "I've got a bit of a risk aversion to doing fun winter sports when I'm training for swim competitions," says the 25-year-old, who has won three gold medals at the past two summer Olympic Games. "I'd love to do a little skiing in Tahoe this winter. We'll see. But I will definitely be watching the Olympics and cheering on all the competitors." Fans may follow Adrian on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Nathangadrian.

Q. Where have you traveled to -- besides Australia -- that had a big swim culture?

A. This past summer, we went to Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain). I think they have about nine pools in the vicinity and it is incredibly affordable to be a member to swim there for the entire year. We were training at an indoor facility, while the public swam in the outdoor pools. It seemed like everyone who lived there was at the pool every day. You'd see kids swimming and people exercising and doing laps. It was a sight to see.

Q. What was your experience like at the 2012 London Olympics?

A. My competitions actually detracted from my ability to see much of London. (Laughs) But I'm glad I got to see what I did.

Q. Have you been to Brazil before?

A. No! I've not been there yet, unfortunately. Hopefully, I'll be able to attend some meets there and will make the U.S. team for the 2016 Olympics (in Rio).

Q. Where is the best water for swimming recreationally?

A. It's tough to ever beat Hawaii, but the Mediterranean in the summer is pretty amazing.

Q. A lot was made about how much Michael Phelps ate to maintain his weight and energy. Is it difficult to find the right food when you're traveling?

A. (Laughs) I think the calorie count was probably exaggerated a bit for Phelps, but it's pretty normal for us to eat a whole lot. I have to eat every two to three hours or I'll get really hungry, so that's something I'm always aware of no matter where I am. I love eating and I've found that it's not really difficult to find good, nutritious food to eat. I just make sure I eat some protein, carbs and get fiber and minerals.

Q. Where did you enjoy your best meals?

A. Barcelona is pretty tough to beat. Not only is the food amazing there, but I really enjoyed the atmosphere and how laid-back everything was. Spending a couple hours at dinner wasn't a big deal. People were there before I got there and were still enjoying their meals after I left. There's kind of a different objective in the U.S., where we eat and are out of there! I do enjoy the tapas style of dining. You can eat a little bit if you're hungry or really make a meal out of a variety of foods.

Q. How cautious are you about dining in foreign countries?

A. When we travel for an international competition, we are all pretty careful. Often we'll have a nutritionist fly out and check out all the food and we tend to eat meals that are pretty Americanized -- things we're used to. I'll ask around at the host swim club and ask them what their deal is, what's good and that kind of stuff. But the day after the competition? That's when I eat whatever I want to! I'll try pretty much anything. I'm half Chinese and grew up eating all kinds of different, delicious food, so I'm not scared of spices or things that I haven't had before.

Q. How hard do you work out when you're traveling?

A. It depends on the time of the year. When it's time to relax, I don't push as hard. But when I'm training for competitions, I do my best to maintain some sort of fitness, even if I'm traveling for fun. I like to swim and hit the weight room.

Q. What are some quick getaways for you?

A. I really enjoy going on trips to Los Angeles and New York. They're great cities, and I know I can always get good meals there.