“I think everybody pees in the pool. It’s kind of a normal thing to do for swimmers. When we’re in the water for two hours, we don’t really get out to pee.” Swimming King Michael Phelps admitted it already in 2012 but now scientist came with the same statement: you don’t only swim in chlorine and water but also in pee.
Good swimmers pee in the bathroom, great swimmers pee in the pool –@jonah_siimmons , - Em (EmileeReghan) February 26, 2017
Just a little bit though. Canadian scientists found that a 220,000-gallon short course swimming pool contains almost 20 gallons of urine. This is 0.01 percent of the whole pool. Although it is probably more than you want to swim in, it is not much. While normal people freak out, competitive swimmers stay relatively calm. Here’s why.
The swimming pool where I swam had much more than just pee in it. There was an incident with poo and there was the incidental tampon. Pee really doesn’t hurt so much if you’re used to that. – Anonymous
I pee approximately three times during a training. We drink a lot and really don’t have time to go to the bathroom.” – Anonymous
As a swimmer I can state that pee is really not the worst thing you can find in the pool. We swimmers lose almost every body fluid while training, even involuntarily: sweat, snot, sperm. I even knew someone who didn’t want to use tampons during her menstruation. Pee really is the least of your problems (and every swimming pool should be more hygienic)!
Kato Vander Sande is studying journalism at Thomas More University College in Belgium, co-founder of swimnation.be, and book lover @Koekeloert
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