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2020-05-28 9:14 PM
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Indoor and outdoor pools are able to open in NC. The pool I swim at is closed as is the university. I think the school just dropped the collegiate swim team so maybe it won't open till fall because the pool staff is pissed.

I am of the mind that races aren't responsible for making sure you can swim. They do need to provide mechanisms to avoid hazards and rescue those in distress. I do doubt they will have adequate people for the later


I agree that they aren't responsible for making sure you can swim. However, they are responsible for making sure the course is safe. Are they truly making sure the entire course is safe knowing that the majority of people have done little to no swim training? What about the other participants. A panicked person grabbing another swimmer is a recipe for disaster. Not to mention lawsuits that would come from this.



2020-05-29 8:27 AM
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Originally posted by nrpoulin Indoor and outdoor pools are able to open in NC. The pool I swim at is closed as is the university. I think the school just dropped the collegiate swim team so maybe it won't open till fall because the pool staff is pissed. I am of the mind that races aren't responsible for making sure you can swim. They do need to provide mechanisms to avoid hazards and rescue those in distress. I do doubt they will have adequate people for the later

Yeah, the Triangle Aquatics Center (TAC) in Cary is opened for club members only, limited to 25 total (this does not make sense because it's inside and the indoor legal limit is 10? but I heard 25) with social distancing. The club "members" include the swim teams and masters swim. 

The Ys in my area are opening their outdoor pools this weekend (indoor pools remain closed).  Mask use with outside of the water.

Durham city pools are not opening at all this year.

I have not heard anything about Raleigh city pools.

Yeah, that was sad news about ECU cutting athletics. Appalachian as well.

2020-05-29 10:24 AM
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Originally posted by fortissimo A pool near opened for lap swim only. It's $12 for one hour. Only 3 people are allowed in at a time and it's reservation only. You can only swim 2x per week. As I was trying to remember how to swim,..... 

Our gym is opened with limited hours.  I used to try to swim over my lunch break on Tuesdays and Thursday since the was the best way to train without having it cut into time with my family.  I would have like to geo every day but there are aqua fitness and water aerobics in the pool about three times a day including the 5:30AM time in the morning, Mon/Wed/Friday at noon, and 5:30 PM every day.  The current limited hours are 6-9AM and 5-8PM and there are no classed untill further notice. 

We have been short-staffed at work for over a year.  When we were fully staffed leaving for a swim at lunch was not a problem, but when we lost two of the five people in our departments I started working through most lunches as well as staying late most evenings.  Well...thanks to the economy going through he floor with the Covid-19 shutdowns and being an oilfield supply company that took a double whammy with oil prices hit historic lows we had 30% of our company laid off two weeks ago.  They shut down the second shift so our facility is now locked up at 5:00 PM every night so I can't stay late.  So... Corvid-19 took care of the pool not being available at prime times do to aqua classes and oil prices took care of me staying late at the office every night, so I have been swimming at 5:00 PM every night for a week.  Previous to the past week I only had got one swim in since my last triathlon last September.  I have just been doing 15-20 minute power swims every night so I can still make it home by 6PM.  I will build though.  I could do about 30-35 minute swims over my hour lunch break I will get up to that again soon and try to find a way to get up to hour-long swims after that.  Everything on my race calendar right now is a duathlon, but after 8 months off from swimming, I am going to really try to make a habit stick over the next 5 weeks.

2020-05-29 11:47 AM
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Boston marathon just canceled. I bet New York is next. With Chatanooga spiking so many cases I can't believe either the HIM or IM will be able to go forward.

ETA: IM just posted a video in FB discussing in broad terms all the changes they've made to make races safe. Ended with they are ready to go as soon as the host cities say they can put on races. 

That video was weird. From FB discussions in my social bubble, most people seemed to zero in on the emphasis on hydration vests and are all going out to buy them now LOL. 

2020-05-29 6:31 PM
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That would be nothing new for me. In Vietnam I always had to be self-supported for long rides/runs since one can't drink the tap water, and usually for races as well as they serve some weird stuff at races in Asia. But the cleanliness of my fluids would be the least of my concerns in an IM event in the current context. Just the whole thing--travel to the event, restaurants, hotels, packet pick-up, swim start, transition, people passing on the bike and the run with all their exhaling, coughing, snot rockets.... NO WAY!

People aren't REALLY going to keep masks on when officials aren't looking, even less than they refrain from drafting when officials aren't looking. There's no way to enforce this more than sporadically with numbers over about 50. I'm not sure anyone else has done much training in a mask (I have--some on more crowded loops here and a lot in China when they were required), but there is just NO WAY you can do a competitive effort in an athletic event wearing a mask that's even marginally protective. They're fine for shopping or (if you're a medical worker) caring for patients, uncomfortable but marginally bearable for 20-30 minutes easy jog or a casual commute to work, but not hours and hours of biking/running at intensity.
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