The world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, but swimmers like National Age Group record-holder Claire Curzan are finding ways to continue to train despite being barred from their usual pools.
Curzan, one of the top butterfliers in the country, has been focused on running, dryland training, and a bit of butterfly in her backyard pool. Under normal circumstances, she’d be training with her club team, the TAC Titans. She’s had to get creative, though, in the meantime.
Check out a clip of her doing fly with bungee cords in her backyard pool, wetsuit and all, below:
“We’re trying something new today,” Mark Curzan, Claire’s father, told SwimSwam. While it might be in the 80s this week in Raleigh, North Carolina, the pool is still frigid, hovering in the high 50s.
“She can’t feel her face. But she says she’s more of a water mammal than a land mammal.”
Claire told SwimSwam today that she plans on getting some open water swimming done in the ocean as spring continues to warm up.
Curzan is not the only swimmer to start working with resistance or bungee cords in private pools; Olympic champion Chad le Clos is doing the same thing in South Africa.