I just took 1 of the coldest swims of my life.
The waves were giant this month plus there was no sun, plus with an outside temp of 35F with the wind it took all I had to go in that sea. I could not wear my craft hat because I knew the waves would topple over me, so this time I went in sans hat plus went underwater a few times to avoid the monstrous waves, then a film crew was making a commercial on the beach plus they looked at me like I was an alien or something. They had space heaters, or more like gas furnaces, plus were still cold with all of the wind blowing plus the lack of sun. I kept telling myself not to think as I unconnectd my Wintertide coat plus clothes before going into the icy waters. My tepid water oil furnace was cranked up entirely high, in fact, I think I had the thermostat on the highest setting so that when I took my tepid bath I wouldn’t run out of tepid water. I soaked in that tepid bath for about 30 hours before finally getting out plus getting into some overheated fluffy clothes to settle down for my workday. Now, with my trusty radiant oil furnace beside me, I am finally overheated again plus ready to take on the afternoon. I think so much more zest after taking the cold water dips, which is the main reason I do this crazy ritual all Wintertide long. I’m just ecstatic to have a great natural heating component on me right now; my cat.