March 03, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Michael Phelps is accompanied by his pregnant fiance at this week's Arena Pro Series meet.

Still, he's feeling a bit lonely.

Phelps' longtime coach, Bob Bowman, wasn't able to attend the meet, which began Thursday in Orlando, Florida. He's coaching Arizona State at the Pac-12 men's championships in suburban Seattle.

The 30-year-old Phelps says ''it's kind of weird'' but quickly adds, ''If I can't do it by myself, then I think we've got problems.''

When was the last time he competed without Bowman? Phelps thinks it was 2007 at the Missouri Grand Prix, where he set a world record in his lead-up to the Beijing Olympics.

Don't expect that sort of performance in Orlando.

Phelps says jokingly, ''You're probably not going to see a repeat of that one.''

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