Look, doing whatever it takes to be the very best doesn’t come without sacrificing comfort sometimes. If there’s a Blastoise in the water, you damn well better get in the water. Otherwise, you’re just another jabroni with too many Zubats.
A good number of Jacksonville locals showed their commitment to Pokémon training by wading into the Atlantic Ocean. Riding a Lapras probably would’ve kept them dry, but whatever. Convenience is an expendable secondary goal here.