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    Virtual Swimming

    With no Nationals this year, USMS said they will have virtual events. I'm not sure how this will work. VR headsets are expensive enough, how much is a VR tech suit? Do they have them at Swimoutlet?
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    Re: Virtual Swimming

    I'm thinking virtual swimming will be swimmers swimming timed trials in whatever pool they have available and sharing their times or videos. Sort of like a postal event?

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    Re: Virtual Swimming

    My musings were not to be taken literally, but to hopefully add a little jocularity to this difficult time. Our area has not opened pools. The earliest possible opening of any local pool is 6/1 and that is looking overly hopeful. Most are saying not before 6/12 and that is not a guarantee. Getting an imaginary VR tech suit is the best chance I have of "swimming" in the near future.
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    Re: Virtual Swimming

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen Stark View Post
    With no Nationals this year, USMS said they will have virtual events. I'm not sure how this will work.
    It will be a lot like Michael Phelps racing the great white shark in the 2017 Discovery Channel special, except we will be using manatees and sea slugs instead of sharks.
    The opinions expressed in the above post are mine and not those of U.S. Masters Swimming.

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    Re: Virtual Swimming

    Will "virtual medals" be awarded?

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    Re: Virtual Swimming

    This event is already happening:
    https://www.clubassistant.com/club/m...303&smid=13415

    While pools may not be open in all areas, I know people are swimming in lakes, rivers, oceans, and other open water venues.
    My pool opened on Monday, but before that I was swimming in a local lake a few times a week for the past 6 or so weeks.
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    Re: Virtual Swimming

    Virtual relays too

    I wonder if I’ll get a case of virtual Stomach butterflies

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    Re: Virtual Swimming

    Relay question --- who calls false starts and early leaving?

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    Re: Virtual Swimming

    Hey, if you don't want to race virtually, but still want a challenge, check this out - https://runsignup.com/Race/Info/WI/A...BigVirtualSwim

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    Re: Virtual Swimming

    Postal swims are the ultimate virtual competition. Not sure why the link for 5k/10k disappeared. Covid and murder hornets are so yesterday... free stuff at Target everyone!

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    Re: Virtual Swimming

    Speaking of virtual swimming....Kurt Dickson is TEARING UP the Open Water Virtual Grand Slam by posting a 23:23 in the half-distance 1930M open water. That's QUICK! Looking forward to seeing what Eric Nilsson throws down with club MIT at Walden Pond. Patrick Brundage is making Canada proud up there in Ontario.

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    That’s like a 1:10 100m OW pace! Did he join a pod?

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