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    Quote Originally Posted by Skuj View Post
    Yeah, damn. The pools are are closed in my 'hood also, for god knows how long.

    I started swimming in Feb 2019 after decades of being a runner, but my left knee didn't agree with running anymore. So I went CRAZY with swimming, and now this. (Plus divorce on top of all of it, but that would be tmi, sorry.) I sometimes wonder if my swimming phase was merely Feb 2019 - Mar 2020, RIP. But I do miss it, and I do look forward to getting back into it, whenever this crazy period (covid + life) resolves itself. Those damn runners are lucky....they can still go out and do their thing, alone. I'm jealous, and angry. But where does that get me?

    I stay sane by getting out, alone, often.....walking in the forest, visualizing that sub 6min 400m someday......
    Sounds like my life. Ex runner/racer who had to give it up. Need total knee replacement. Envious of every runner my age who can actually still run. I try to fool myself into thinking maybe they just started, unlike me, who was a runner for about 30 years.
    Running was so easy to do. You can run anywhere, in any weather, anytime you want. Swimming took a long time to somewhat master. This year, I finally fixed some flaws in breast and back stroke. Fixed my "dead" hips in the water. Then, this. Ugghh. I will have heavy hips and legs again from all this walking. I'm ordering an indoor bike so I can alternate. But walking in the woods is helping. I pray they don't take that away next.

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    My friend and I ordered wetsuits from Swimoutlet and braved our HOA pool Thursday when it was 70 degrees out and cloudy, and today when it was 60 degrees out, cloudy, and the pool was overfilled with rainwater.

    I was surprised at how easy it was to find and fit into a wetsuit. I also bought the neoprene socks and cap.

    The wetsuit really keeps you warm, but exposed skin does not escape the cold. I think the key to getting going is telling your mind to ignore the stinging cold of the water until you warm up and get used to it. Ignore your instincts that are telling you to get the heck out of the water. Its not a simple task, but it really does get better, and before you know it, you're enjoying the swim. I swam for 30 min today.

    Good luck!

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    Re: Pools closed - any ideas?

    Quote Originally Posted by ForceDJ View Post
    I never reached for a Corona before the virus. It's just not good beer. Any beer that requires a piece of fruit to make it palatable isn't worth it for me.

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    Ditto.

    Doing 12 or 18 oz curls. Seriously, though, as I'm on telework for most of every week for the foreseeable future, the wife and I thought, what the heck, let's get a puppy! Not really, but it was serendipitous that our breeder had one available. And 15 months since we had to put down our then 15-year old dog, we were ready. So the wife and I are sharing the house-breaking (constant) trips outside. We got him on Tuesday, and since that day, I've averaged over 12K steps every single day. I've not gained any weight, so I guess that's helping.

    Open water near me (Walden Pond and the ocean) are still mid 40s, which I'm just not acclimated to. But last year I managed 34 minutes at 51F, so the minute the water gets in the 50s, I'm swimming again.
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    Re: Pools closed - any ideas?

    Quote Originally Posted by mjtyson View Post
    Open water near me (Walden Pond and the ocean) are still mid 40s, which I'm just not acclimated to. But last year I managed 34 minutes at 51F, so the minute the water gets in the 50s, I'm swimming again.
    Mike...was that with or without wetsuit? Down here in RI, I think the general consensus is that we're going to 'open' the open water much sooner than in past years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ForceDJ View Post
    Mike...was that with or without wetsuit? Down here in RI, I think the general consensus is that we're going to 'open' the open water much sooner than in past years.

    Dan
    Without. If I had a wetsuit I'd go in the mid 40s now...
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    Re: Pools closed - any ideas?

    I'm thinking of finding my old tri wet suit when it gets much warmer here as well.

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    Now that it's finally starting to warm up a bit, I'm going to get the kayak out on the lake. Maybe do variations of distance and sprints from day to day. I'm super happy I got a TRX system at the house last year for cross training too.
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    I just ordered 3 wetsuits, one for each of my girls, and one for me. I have several 250-300 meter points I can use to break up swims. Will probably use a paddleboard and get some input from the girls' coach on how to have them do more intense stuff. I'll probably just do some longer distance swims to have some activity. May also do some mountain biking.

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    Just to vent, it's outrageous that pools are closed and liquor stores open. Chlorinated pool water deactivates the virus, so theoretically pools are one of the safer public spaces. Just have attendants wipe down surfaces like registration desk and sinks in locker area, and enforce distancing in the locker rooms.
    Plus, exercise does more to improve people's resistance to disease than alcohol. This is stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATXfins View Post
    My friend and I ordered wetsuits from Swimoutlet and braved our HOA pool Thursday when it was 70 degrees out and cloudy, and today when it was 60 degrees out, cloudy, and the pool was overfilled with rainwater.

    I was surprised at how easy it was to find and fit into a wetsuit. I also bought the neoprene socks and cap.

    The wetsuit really keeps you warm, but exposed skin does not escape the cold. I think the key to getting going is telling your mind to ignore the stinging cold of the water until you warm up and get used to it. Ignore your instincts that are telling you to get the heck out of the water. Its not a simple task, but it really does get better, and before you know it, you're enjoying the swim. I swam for 30 min today.

    Good luck!
    I bought a wetsuit, as well. Sleeveless, as that was what seemed to be what the interwebs recommendation was. But I tried the lake. I didn't make it far. My body kind of tried to panic, and I couldn't get my breathing down. How long did it take you to warm up enough to be able to swim, and did you have any issues getting your breathing down? Perhaps the inability to see what another factor with me.

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    I am about to go fence jumping. I apologize

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    Re: Pools closed - any ideas?

    Quote Originally Posted by jon44 View Post
    Just to vent, it's outrageous that pools are closed and liquor stores open. Chlorinated pool water deactivates the virus, so theoretically pools are one of the safer public spaces. Just have attendants wipe down surfaces like registration desk and sinks in locker area, and enforce distancing in the locker rooms.
    Plus, exercise does more to improve people's resistance to disease than alcohol. This is stupid.
    Jon -- Regarding pools...Of course the chemically treated water does kill the virus. But then what about that person you share the lane with? You both happen to be stopped at the same time. You've been doing various speed drills, both breathing very heavily. Probably dispersing some silvia with your huffs and puffs. Maybe there's an emergency at the pool. Now the lifeguard is in danger. Social distancing in the locker room means fewer people can use it...which means there's probably going to be a line of people out in front of the building, or in their cars, waiting their turn to get in. It begins to add up and just makes more sense to close the facility.

    As far as the liquor stores being opened...I heard someone comment on a radio talk show that the reason governments have allowed them to open is... If they close then there will be lots of alcoholics experiencing DTs and then going to already overcrowded emergency rooms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ForceDJ View Post
    As far as the liquor stores being opened...I heard someone comment on a radio talk show that the reason governments have allowed them to open is... If they close then there will be lots of alcoholics experiencing DTs and then going to already overcrowded emergency rooms.

    Dan
    Heard a governor in an interview state taht localities that closed them caused the opposite affect of what is desired. People scrambled to stock up and those places got PACKED before the closure took place, which of course defeated the whole purpose (i.e. social isolation).

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    They closed the liquor stores in Pennsylvania. We're drier than most states - no wine. liquor or beer in most grocery stores. Beer distributors are still open, but I think there is some % alcohol level they can't exceed and it's below standard wine 12%. I haven' heard any horror stores, although I'm sure there are some.

    I heard there were serious lines out the door in the day or so between when closings were announced and they happened, but that was back a couple of weeks ago before the PA cases even went over 100.

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