By Nicholas Fouriezos, The Baltimore Sun
4:57 PM EST, November 23, 2013
Michael Phelps said Saturday he's back in the pool a couple of times a week, but he's nowhere near ready for a return to competitive swimming.
Rumors about Phelps reversing his retirement picked up steam after he entered the drug-testing pool for international competition before the Nov. 6 deadline.
He was sighted recently at the Arena Grand Prix in Minneapolis, cheering on his roommate Conor Dwyer, who won a gold medal for the 4x200 freestyle relay at the 2012 Olympics.
But that doesn't mean Phelps is in the shape that helped him win an all-time record 18 gold medals and 22 total medals in his Olympic career.
"[Dwyer] swims the [400-meter IM], that's too long. I can't do that. I literally don't think if I jumped in the water right now, I could finish a 400."
Phelps was appearing with his mother, Debbie, at a fundraiser celebrating moms for the Education Foundation. Debbie Phelps has previously said she "would love to go to Rio," referring to the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.
"She's the most influential woman that I will ever have in my life," Michael Phelps said. "She knows the decision that I make, she is going to support. Whatever I end up choosing, she's going to be there every step of the way, helping me."
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