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Sat, Jan. 22nd, 2011, 05:19 pm
Polar Bear Plunge 2011

This was a charity plunge, see KeepWinterCold.org for details.

Shock and Horror 1


I'm glad I did it. I don't think I want to do that a second time ever. It was so cold on the beach the water actually felt balmy at first. When it hit my belly button, however, reason kicked back it. My brain turned to autopilot (because it was obvious to my primal self that all centers of logical or rational thought had malfunctioned) and I had to turn around. Part of me was a little mad at myself for not being able to totally submerge (despite warnings from the event organizers that first-timers should NOT submerge completely)... then I concluded I didn't really have a choice in the matter. Once my survival instinct kicked in, I don't think I would have been capable of doing anything other than scrambling for shore and clothing.

For the record, when we left the house it was 17 degrees Fahrenheit with light winds of 7 mph and overcast skies. By the time we reached the tents (which were not heated as promised) my legs had turned this interesting boiled lobster color and the tips of my toes were white. Now, warm in my house, my legs are white and the tips of my toes are red (and still a little sore).

...and all I got was a lousy t-shirt... ;)

Sat, Jan. 22nd, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
lather2002

Imagine how much colder it would have been if not for Global Warming !

Sun, Jan. 23rd, 2011 04:13 am (UTC)
happyorganist: survival

I'm glad your survival instinct took over! That sounds horrible cold. Couldn't pay me enough to do that. But I could make blankets for afterward ;D Maybe that's what I would offer if I was ever invited to such an event.
And happy that you are warming up now. ;D

Mon, Jan. 24th, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)
TheNatrlCaptl: congratulations!

I've done support for the plunge (i.e., stand on shore with a big blanket) about 4-5 times but I've never had the courage to go in the water. You rock!

Tue, Jan. 25th, 2011 01:49 pm (UTC)
jadxia: Re: congratulations!

Thanks! And thanks for having come out to the beach! It would be impossible for folks to 'man up and dive in' without beachside support.