Where can I swim in open water in Fairfax County, Virginia?
July 30, 2014 9:49 AM Subscribe
I - rather foolishly perhaps - registered for an upcoming triathlon, which will include an open water swim in a local lake. Like a lot of beginning triathletes I gather, I find the swimming portion the most intimidating so I've been taking some lap classes at nearby rec centers, etc. But I'd like to get some open water experience before race day. This is turning out to be the last great taboo. Skateboarding may not be a crime, but it sure looks like swimming is. What can I do?
posted by Naberius to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The lake where the race will be held is right out. It's open one day a year for this race, and the organizers are terrified that NIMBY-ish waterfront homeowners will rescind even this grudging permission if people practice in their lake out of turn. It's apparently been an issue and threats have been leveled. So that's out. The County has plenty of lovely parks with lakes, including the very convenient Lake Fairfax - which expressly prohibits swimming. It looks like anybody with so much as a large puddle in their back yard is scared to death of liability issues and no swimming is allowed. I don't really want to try the Potomac - more dangerous and not the kind of open water I need.
So where do area triathletes go to get in open water practice around here?