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    Sep 19, 2007 11:58 AM GMT
    in the course of swimming over the years, i've discovered some great pools around the u.s. (and outside the u.s.) to swim in. last week, i was in austin, texas, and found barton springs pool. for anyone who hasn't been there, get there now! it's a swimmer's experience - so long that you only have to do eight lengths for a mile.

    so it got me to thinking that perhaps i could somehow get a list started of places like barton springs for swimmers to consult when they travel somewhere and are looking for a pool that might not be immediately obvious.

    does anyone have any other suggestions? indoor/outdoor/whatever.

    thanks
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    Sep 19, 2007 4:26 PM GMT
    Maybe this is only slightly related, but there is a site that tracks and reviews gyms for travelers. It's supposed to find the nearest gym to any airport, for use during those long layovers.

    http://www.airportgyms.com

    But I suppose that's now been partially usurped by google maps.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 04, 2007 8:05 PM GMT
    swimnrun,
    I lived in Austin, Texas for almost ten years and I have done some swimming and suntanning at Barton Springs Pool. The spring fed pool is ok but the City of Austin is the most arrogant, unfriendly, overpriced, overrated city in the USA. I would never recommend Austin to any gay traveller it is best avoided. Go and visit San Antonio, Galveston, or Houston instead. Austin stinks. icon_mad.gif
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    Dec 13, 2007 6:13 AM GMT
    Boo! Austin Rocks. I do wish there were more places to swim.
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    Dec 13, 2007 6:19 AM GMT
    the goodwill games pool at Eisenhower park on long island would be nice if they took care of the facilities. the pool was spectacular when they built it but they are really letting the building get a bit run down. that said the pool is 75 meters with two floating bulkheads. it is usually set up in 25 meter stretches plus one of the best diving wells you will ever find, though some times it is set up for long course with a 50 meter stretch.

    That said if your ever in NYC head up to asphalt green for what is supposed to be a nice swimming experience I know the gay swim team practices there.

    For all the divers out there. there are only 4 places in the Manhattan where you can find a diving board. NYU has two pools with diving boards, Columbia has one pool with boards, asphalt green has diving boards and so does borough of Manhattan CC
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    Dec 13, 2007 6:27 AM GMT
    I can't wait to move out of Austin!!icon_mad.gif
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    Dec 18, 2007 2:21 AM GMT
    I swim at the local Y in West Philadelphia. It's not bad, but often too hot. This makes my mile much harder. The people are friendly. It is good place to workout because when I get there at 6 am I don't have to share a lane. I get one all to my self which means I don't have to worry about passing or being passed or hitting someone while doing butterfly.

    I would love to train with a team but am unable to because of schedule.




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    Dec 18, 2007 2:30 AM GMT
    Here in Oberlin, the SplashZone is a really nice (short course yards) pool. Used it myself... kinda like swimming downhill in all directions.

    http://www.loraincountymetroparks.com/splash.htm


  • Kevin82

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    Dec 18, 2007 3:09 AM GMT
    Pools are ok but there is nothing like going for a long swim in the ocean.
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    Dec 18, 2007 3:30 AM GMT
    The new natatorium here at OSU in Columbus is pretty freaking sweet. The competition pool is far superior to the other recreation pool. The competition pool is brand new and state of the art. It gets rearranged a number of times daily, so there's really no specific way that i've found it best. The recreation pool though is kind of rough. Swimming backstroke in the rec pool is the worst, because some genius decides to make the I-beams overhead at an angle about 15 degrees obtuse to the direction you are swimming, so it's really hard to go in a straight line.
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    Dec 18, 2007 3:31 AM GMT
    Not really 'my' pool, but the lap pool at Saratoga Springs State Park in Saratoga, NY is also eight lengths for a mile. It is a beautiful facility that only costs a couple dollars a day to use.

    There is also a diving pool with several high boards, including a 10M board I believe.

    On top of that the park is incredibly beautiful and there are several accessable mineral springs to sample the famous spring water.

    At the other end of the park are the Roosevelt baths, built by the WPA in the 30's. Go for a long swim, hike, or bike ride next to the river, soak in the mineral waters, have a message, enjoy a picnic grill at one of the picnic areas and thengrab some lawn tickets to take in a concert on a summer evening (summer home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York City Ballet, Saratoga Chamber Music Festival, Saratoga Jazz Festival and Lake George Opera) at SPAC. All for well under $75.00.

    One of my favorite parks anywhere.

    If you really want to step it up a notch you could stay at the 4 star Guideon Putnam hotel and have dinner on the patio overlooking the famous gardens, wander over to the polo fields to watch a couple chukker's, have a horse drawn carriage take you up to the casino, or attend the Thoroughbred races during August: The Travers/Whitney/Alabama/and Hopefull are the premiere weekends: learn why Saratoga is called the graveyard of champions.

    A truley incredible town.

  • Dec 27, 2007 12:32 AM GMT
    The aquatic complex in Ft. Lauderdale is really nice. Swim there when I go on spring break.

    Don't know the name, but there is a community center about a mile outside of South Beach Fl. It has a 25 short course outdoor pool.

    My pool here at MSU. 50m outdoor pool at IM West is so nice in the summer w/a grass area on 3 sides to lay out on.

    Cranbrook in MI (it's off of Woodward down by Bloomfield Hills). 25 short course yards indoor. they use Bromine in the water.
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    Jan 28, 2008 12:53 AM GMT
    My team's pool at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, OR was renovated over the summer to make it world class. It's 50 meters by 25 yards. The shallow end is now 6' deep. We have a brand new timing system, starting blocks, and scoreboard. The water is always 78.6 degrees. We have a bubble over it in the winter so it's now year-round (it used to be drained in the winter). We'll be hosting USMS Long Course Nationals this August. We're hoping to get the Olympic Trials sometime.

    Come join us any time you're in the Portland area. You can find our schedule and other info at www.oregonreignmasters.org. Or send me an e-mail through this site.
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    Jan 30, 2008 6:09 AM GMT
    This is by far the best and most comprehensive list of places to swim:

    http://www.swimmersguide.com/

    and you can add to it to keep it current. Until I learned about this site, my first task when traveling to new places was to find a pool - and then talk my way into it! Most folks are pretty friendly, though, and I've never had a problem.

    All time favorite pool so far, anywhere: Sunset Canyon 50m pool, at UCLA. Go Bruins!
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    Feb 25, 2008 3:49 AM GMT
    NYC just opened a new Olympic Pool w diving at Flushing Meadows Park site of the NY World's Fairs and the US Open of Tennis.

    Its Awsome dudes Check it out
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    Apr 08, 2008 4:22 AM GMT
    The Natatorium at University of Minnesota is beautiful. 50 meters with bulkhead and a separate diving well with a great 10 meter platform. I still haven't swum in water that is so crisp and clean. They host the NCAA Div 1 championships every 4 years or so.

    There's a USS club and a water polo? team that practices there as well if you ever are in town and want to drop in.

    If only Boston had some nice pools available icon_sad.gif.
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    Apr 08, 2008 4:44 AM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidswimnrun,
    ...the City of Austin is the most arrogant, unfriendly, overpriced, overrated city in the USA...Austin stinks. icon_mad.gif


    Come on, really! Austin misses you! Come on back! Give us another chance! We were just drinking a little and slapped you around a bit. Now we're cleaned up and ready for some real lovin'. You gotta admit the bruises made the sex exciting, right?

    Buffalo doesn't deserve you!
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    Apr 08, 2008 4:48 AM GMT
    The natatorium at University of Denver's Ritchie Center is GORGEOUS .. I am considering getting a "pool only" membership just to experience it. Especially b/c pool at my gym is only 25m, only has 3 lanes, people don't know how to cycle swim, and filters often need backwashing ... ick ...

    http://www.recreation.du.edu/aquatics/?sec=co&main=4&main2=143&main3=0
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    Apr 20, 2008 1:39 PM GMT
    try this link:
    http://www.usms.org/placswim/search.php

    US Masters Swimming has a great directory for the US. I used to do an international for them, but that was discontinued about 12 years ago.

    I've been thrown out of some of the finest pools on the globe. Good Luck.
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    Apr 20, 2008 2:01 PM GMT
    I'm actually in the process of building a pool and a guest house for people who want to come out here and train for triathalons.

    I used to swim in high school on the swim team and I was a life guard in college, but I havent' swam competitively since then.

    I'm designing a 75foot, 3 lane lap pool...prolly saltwater. It'll be heated by solar in the winter, and we've got miles and miles of bike and running trails in my neighborhood and surrounding burbs.

    I'm hoping 75 feet will be good enough, but not sure about salt water. I'd rather swim in the ocean any day, but I don't know what triatheletes would prefer.
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    Apr 20, 2008 7:57 PM GMT
    Maybe it is just me being arrogant or lying because I am unfriendly, but I think Austin has a number of great pools.

    My favorite 3 are all spring fed.
    Barton Springs
    Deep Eddy
    Big Stacy

    Barton Springs and Big Stacy are both open all year round which is really nice and Stacy is heated and free (and roadbikeRob said austin was overpriced). Barton Springs and Deep Eddy are also both free in the morning til 9 or 10 for lap swimmers.


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    Apr 28, 2008 4:46 PM GMT
    I have been meaning to try Stacy pool. Its reletively close to my house. Is it usually busy in the AM?

    BTW, don't get too worked up over bikerun's austin assessment. Its really what you make of it. Starting to bother me that the only posts I see are him slamming my home I love.
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    Apr 28, 2008 5:25 PM GMT
    DJBens77-

    He doesn't bother me I was just being a smartass. I don't imagine anyway takes him seriously. As you pointed out his sole existence seems to be based on bashing Austin on an online gay fitness site. If anyone takes him seriously and refuses to come here because of him then we are probably better. My guess is most rational people see him for the unhappy gent that he is.

    As for Stacy pool, it is not to crowded in the AM. They open at 6 on weekdays for lap swim and it is pretty easy to get a lane or half lane. Weekends are a bit more difficult.
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    Apr 28, 2008 5:32 PM GMT
    Yeah. He's a bit tired.

    i think i am gonna try Stacy out tomorrow morning (if I can get my ass out of bed). Tue./Thur will be my new schedule for swimming. eventually, I 'll make it to the masters program up at UT. Just a pain to park. Maybe I will see you at Stacy one morning.

    any people visitng austin or who live here, Barton is a great place to swi too. Great way to clear your head and be in nature for the morning.
  • HotCoach

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    Aug 30, 2008 3:47 AM GMT
    Still prefer the Ocean to any pool but I now swim At Zenergy At Thunder Springs (condo complex) in Sun Valley Idaho. We're at 6K ft of altitude.and the sun shines 98% of the time. That's nice because pool is open year round, no cover. Water temp 83deg even when the air temp is -20. Newly turned into salt water. Downside is that length is 25 yds, 6 lanes. Views of surrounding mts is spectacular. Also have an enclosed 3 laner for folks who don't want the sun. Imagine!