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CTC vs COVID-19

CTC vs COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives,  everyone is eager to get back to the normal schedule of training and racing.  Unfortunately racing is being cancelled on a regular basis and the traditional CTC  group training is still not a safe and acceptable practice.  As a sanctioned club of USA Triathlon, the Board of CTC encourages our members and friends to refer to the USA Triathlon Safe Return to Multisport Guidelines.  Links to various documents and resources are in this newsletter.

We have tried to compile some of the guidlines below from these resources.  This information has been gathered from the CDC, WHO, national/state/local governments and the governing bodies of different sports.  Since this information is constantly changing, you are encouraged to check these sources for current and accurate information.

There are many decisions to be made when we venture out to swim/bike/run.  When, where, how and with whom.  Each choice can have significant impact to you and many others.  But it is always an individual choice. 

One of my favorite comments comes from USA Cycling:

  • Assume that you have the virus and don’t spread it to others
  • Assume that others have the virus and don’t catch it from them

Very simple and to the point.  There are many ways to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in our lives and hopefully the information to be provided will assist you in remaining healthy.

The Board of CTC looks forward to the day when we can: have an in-person board meeting, have a club picnic, meet in Loudonville for Tri Camp, have a pre-race picnic at Maumee Bay, travel to a big race as a group, celebrate our accomplishments at a big party. 

CTC has always been about the wellbeing of the athlete both physically and mentally.  Now more than ever we need to remember that as we navigate the rocky waters of COVID-19 and support each other. 

Any feedback from our membership is appreciated to keep the club in communication and moving forward.  Please feel free to reach out to myself and any board member with questions and comments.

Every member of the Board celebrates your accomplishments however they are achieved.  If there is a goal, challenge, PR or medal you are proud of we want to hear about it.  Most of all please enjoy the remainder of your summer safely!

Officers and Board of CTC

  • Eric Gibb, President
  • Scott Frost, Vice President
  • Julie Sadar, Secretary
  • Michael Smythe, Treasurer
  • Jennifer Borovica
  • Melissa Braskie
  • Mayra Gonzalez
  • Tom Roach
  • Emily Roberts
  • Marty Roberts
  • John JC Stouffer
  • Barb Thomas
  • Brandon Thomas
  • Anita Woods

USA Triathlon Safe Return to Multisport

USA Cycling

USA Swimming

State of Ohio Non-Contact Sports

HOW DO WE MAKE TRAINING SAFER?

  • The virus is primarily spread through direct contact and droplets.
  • ­Outdoor activities are probably the lower risk of infection.  Be cognizant of post training/racing activities.
  • You have the responsibility to not spread the virus and to not contract the virus.
  • ­All athletes should be symptom free
    • Members must conduct daily symptom assessments (self-evaluation). Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home.
      • Symptoms = fever (100.4°F or over) , chills, fatigue, cough, upper respiratory infections symptoms, body aches, loss of smell or taste.
    • ­At least 1 day (24 hours) has passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without fever-reducing medications

AND

    • Improvement in respiratory symptoms (shortness of breath, cough),

AND

    • at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
    • The days of being a “hard man” and going to work or the group workout when you are feeling sick are over. Stay home, train solo.
  • No touch rule is in effect. All individuals must avoid physical contact with others before, during, and after the events.
  • Athletes must not share individual food, water bottles or other beverages before, during, or after all events.  Do not reuse containers from previous sessions.
  • All individuals should avoid congregating in common spaces or parking lot before, during and after events.  If applicable, individuals should enter or exit venues at separate times to adhere to six-foot social distancing.
  • Train with people you are familiar with.
  • Assume that you have the virus and don’t spread it to the others
  • Assume that others have the virus and don’t catch it from them.
  • Reduce droplets: if you must sneeze, cough, blow your nose, spit etc. drop back and ensure that no one is nearby.

 

 

Open Water Swim

  • ­Small group swims with close contacts are likely safe.
  • ­Small group swims with individuals other than close contacts can be risky, but that risk can be mitigated with some simple behavioral changes ie. wearing a mask.
  • Large group swims with people that you don’t know are not recommended currently.
  • Wear a mask until you are ready to get in the water.  Store your mask in your swim buoy.
  • Columbia Beach OWS
    • No loitering at bottom of stairs
    • Meet at top of stairs and be ready to enter the water immediately at bottom of stairs.
    • Practice social distancing going down the stairs – one person at a time six feet apart.
    • When done swimming take all gear to the top of the stairs or parking lot. 

Bike

  • ­Solo rides are safer than group rides.
  • ­Small group rides with close contacts are likely safe.
  • ­Small group rides with individuals other than close contacts can be risky, but that risk can be mitigated with some simple behavioral changes ie. wearing a mask.
  • Large group rides with people that you don’t know are not recommended currently.
  • Avoid drafting to maintain physical distancing requirements
  • Ride side by side or more than 20 feet behind.
  • If you must sneeze, cough, blow your nose, spit etc. drop back and ensure that no one is nearby.

Run

  • ­Solo runs are safer than group runs.
  • ­Small group runs with close contacts are likely safe.
  • ­Small group runs with individuals other than close contacts can be risky, but that risk can be mitigated with some simple behavioral changes ie. wearing a mask.
  • Large group runs with people that you don’t know are not recommended currently.
  • If you must sneeze, cough, blow your nose, spit etc. drop back and ensure that no one is nearby.

DISCLAIMER: While the advice given in these guidelines has been developed using the best information available, it is intended simply as guidance to be relied upon at the user’s own risk. Cleveland Triathlon Club does not take responsibility for the accuracy of any information or advice given or omitted herein nor does any person, organization or corporation connected with providing this guidance. Cleveland Triathlon Club is not liable for any consequences whatsoever resulting directly or indirectly from compliance with or adoption of this guidance. These guidelines should be considered along with the latest information from the WHO, CDC and other health authorities, as well as the USA Triathlon, USA Cycling USA Masters Swimming, USOPC, ITU and other resources released on this topic.


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