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You know, the folks that jump into lakes or rivers or the ocean at the beginning of the year with a bunch of other crazy people?  Are you one?  Have you been one?

This time of year there's lots of local news stories about the people who jump in on New Years Day all around the country.  Not all Polar Bears are alike - I could probably do the Polar Bear dip in Miami, probably would reject the idea in Wisconsin.  Still... the question remains...

Originally posted to PSoTD on Fri Dec 30, 2005 at 07:28 AM PST.

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  •  Does post sauna count? (4.00)
    I used to roll in the snowbank outside of Molson Hall at McGill (Montreal) with 10 other people (mixed gender, all starkers) at -20 degrees C on a regular basis.

    Ahhh, the '70s

    The Perfect is the Enemy of the Better

    by dabize on Fri Dec 30, 2005 at 07:33:06 AM PST

  •  Traditional swim in Barton Springs on Jan 1 (none)
    Usually not what I would call 'Polar Bear' with water temp 68F year round. I even take my kids.

    "Don't talk nonsense," Esmé said crossly. "If we give money to poor people, then they won't be poor anymore."

    by George on Fri Dec 30, 2005 at 07:35:31 AM PST

  •  Do it for America. (4.00)
    You're right, there are a lot of news stories about this stuff.

    So if you're going to do something this crazy, why not make it just a little crazier?

    Bring an IMPEACH sign with you!

  •  Regular San Francisco Bay swimmer (none)
    I'll be doing the Alcatraz swim on January 1.

    I love open water swimming. I've done Alcatraz about 20 times, the Golden Gate about 10 times, the Alcatraz triathlon 3 times, the Bay to Breakers swim once, Lake Tahoe crossing once.

    If I ever stop doing ultramarathons, I'd love to train for the English Channel swim, but right now I'm training for a 24-hour track run, so my swimming has taken a "dive." :)

    •  I don't understand you guys (none)
      why...why...just tell me why are you doing this. What in earth can make a human being want to run for 24 h. I can understand that you run when it's literally about running for your life...but for fun??. How the heck do you keep up your motivation. Tell me the secrets...

      You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. -- Eric Hoffer.

      by New Sweden on Fri Dec 30, 2005 at 08:37:25 AM PST

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      •  It's challenging. :) (none)
        To always push your body, see how much it can do.  A 100-miler is nothing. There are people running the Sri Chinmoy 3,000-mile race - around a 1/2-mile city block in New York. I believe it takes 3 weeks to a month to do, and they run from 6 a.m. to midnight EVERY DAY until they cover the distance. (I would love to do this run, but I am a few light years away from it at this point, although the 24- and 48-hour track runs are good practice for it.)

        I don't know if it's so much motivation as it is a habit. On easy days or "off days" I still run about 8-10 miles, pump iron for an hour, or take a dip in the Bay for an hour or so. Something relaxing! :)

        Happy New Year!

        Stella

  •  How about jumping into a frozen lake in Idaho (none)
    in the middle of June?  Done it many a time.

    The best things in life aren't things.

    by Idaho Guy on Fri Dec 30, 2005 at 10:17:34 AM PST

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