By Tiare Dunlap
August 11, 2016 11:42 PM

What’s the best way to celebrate 12 years of friendly competition?

If you’re Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, the answer is by carbo-loading in matching personal whirlpools.

On Thursday, Lochte shared a photo of himself and Michael Phelps enjoying take-out containers of spaghetti ahead the 200-meter individual medley. The race will likely be the pair’s final face-off after competing in four straight Summer Olympic Games.

“One last time! #USA #longjourney #12years,” he captioned the photo.

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Both Phelps, 31, and Lochte, 32, are expected to perform well in the event finals. Phelps narrowly took first place in the semifinal with a time of 1:55.78. Lochte was close behind at 1:56.26.

Despite their longtime rivalry – Lochte often places second to his teammate, only placing over Phelps in the Olympics once in the 400-meter individual medley at the 2012 London Games – the swimmers insist there’s nothing but love and friendly competition between them.

In a joint interview with NBC after Wednesday’s semifinals, the two competitors talked about how they inspire each other.

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“I love racing him,” said Phelps. “I think for me, he brings the best out of me. We’re racers, it’s meets like these that I love the most where he and I get to go and kind of duke it out.”

Added Lochte, “We bring the best out of each other. We’ve been doing it since 2004. Anytime I get up and race him, it’s the best.”

The men’s 200-meter individual medley airs on NBC Thursday at 10 p.m. ET.