Don’t call them crazy or weird, even though each description may apply to some degree and they probably would not disagree much.
Instead, call them very early-morning dedicated masters swimmers. In mass, they start arriving as early as 5 a.m. to swim at some outdoor neighborhood pools in Northern Virginia, during the period from early spring until late summer, and even well into the fall at some venues.
They fill the lanes, swimming for their specific time periods, then get on with the rest of their day. Usually by 9 a.m. or so, most are finished.
Visit one of those pools some early morning and see how many cars are in the parking lot. It won’t be five or six, how about a couple of dozen or more.
And rainy weather, or even cold mornings, don’t keep them away. For many, the colder the weather and the water, the better. Master swimmers don’t like warm water much, even taking daytime measures at some of the pools they use to cool the water.
Yes, these are very serious swimmers, and yes maybe a bit crazy and weird, as well.
– Dave Facinoli