Something to Think About at McCarren Pool This Weekend

Relax, Ryan, let it all come out.

  • Relax, Ryan, let it all come out.

If Ryan Lochte were swimming at McCarren—which he’s not because he’s busy, although maybe someday—but if he WERE, he’d be peeing in it.

It’s cool, though, because it would be like a literal golden shower. Because he has won Olympic gold. That is how the word “literal” works, I think.

Daily Intel reports that, when asked whether or not he ever puts the “p” in “pool,” Lochte revealed to Ryan Seacrest that, “Of course. I think there’s just something about getting into chlorine water that you just automatically go. [I didn’t] during the races, but I sure did in warm-up. Heh-heh.”

Oh, Ryan! Nothing you do or wear or embarrassingly misspell in a tweet will ever be anything less than gold!

To me, anyway.

To hygienic sticklers, though, like Mick Nelson who is the facilities development director for USA Swimming, the whole pee in the pool thing is not ideal, common as it is. Salon interviewed Nelson who said that, while peeing in the pool is very common, for those in charge of maintaining the cleanliness of the water and air quality around a swimming pool, “You only need 2 or 3 percent of people to ignore this rule and I’ve got a problem.”

All of which is to say, it’s going to be very hot and humid this weekend.

You might be thinking about going to McCarren or one of the other fine pools in our fair city.

Just know—and you can’t say now that you DON’T know—that the pool is probably full of pee.

And it’s not Ryan Lochte’s.

So, that is not cool. Not cool at all.

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