Michael, you won- sincere congratulations! You even beat Ryan Lochte; (Who I think just called me a "hater" on Twitter? "Jeah!")
Michael, talent oozes off you like hot fudge off a Sunday but please stop qualifying your wins with more rhetoric about how unprepared you are. We have heard it before. Accept your win, smile, and be gracious. People paid to see you. Stating that you go to meets unprepared is like throwing a wet towel on the result.
Once again, you beat Ryan Lochte the best swimmer circa 2010. No more of this: "I am not really in shape..." rhetoric. Show up, dominate, accept the win and stay in the pool 500-more-days and strike both fear and awe into everyone who swims against you.
"... AUSTIN, Texas — Michael Phelps won the 100m backstroke at the Austin Grand Prix, but the 14-time Olympic gold medallist said his winning time showed he has plenty of work to do. ..."
"I would really like to work on being able to finish a race better. My legs were in a lot of pain. That's just lack of being in shape. I would like to feel a lot less (fatigue) than what I am, just because it's close to the world championships and we're heading into an Olympic trial year."[Link]