In honor of all of our second-grade selves, former USA Olympic swimmer Carly Geehr has spilled the beans on poolside urination habits. Her post on question/answer website Quora is illuminating to say the least.
Nearly 100% of elite competitive swimmers pee in the pool. Regularly. Some deny it, some proudly embrace it, but everyone does.
Here we have a diverse range of pissing personalities. But as Geehr continues, the more interesting facet to all this may be when the peeing takes place. Geehr says races are rarely open season, citing "you're too tense and too, well, busy to even think about peeing." Though pre-racing and warmups certainly yield a different story:
Before a race is an interesting time. It depends on the meet and to some extent the color of the pool deck. I kid you not. You always try to pee before you swim, but sometimes your body defies logic and finds a way to refill your bladder just to spite you. Adrenaline and nerves wreak havoc on your system, and I knew tons of other swimmers that always, regardless of prior planning, had to pee right before a race. What to do if you're desperate? Well, it's not uncommon to splash yourself before you climb up on the blocks, so that extra liquid on yourself and the pool deck affords you an interesting opportunity. (I'll let you finish the rest of that thought.)
Warmup/practice - totally free reign. As a swimmer, you just have to accept that you're swimming in pee. I had a teammate that would sit on the wall and announce "I'm peeing!" which was... disgusting... but at least she warned us. I'm sure I've swum directly behind people who were just letting it all out.
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