Sharon van Rouwendaal is an elite distance swimmer who took home a gold medal for the Netherlands at the 2012 Olympics in the 10K open water event by pulling away from the field midway through the race and winning by 17 seconds. She told Medium that her typical training week includes swimming about 90K over 10 three-hour sessions. That’s a lot of time in the pool.
With swim clubs shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, van Rouwendaal came up with a novel approach to getting her laps. Wearing a belt around her wetsuit that’s tied to a rope attached to a pole to keep her in place, van Rouswendaal is swimming laps in an inflatable pool.