When I started a winter swimming group for newbies, I had no idea how it would pan out. As the winter season draws to a close, it seems that it been more than I imagined.
Cold water adaptation through winter swimming has been one of the biggest revelations of my life. Sounds dramatic. But it has turned winter from a season of seemingly endless dark, dreary days that laid me low into something to enjoy. I hate the cold normally, but the tingling cold of the water is a tonic for mind, body and soul, kicking into touch my winter blues and life stresses.
Pass it on
This therapy is something I wanted to pass on to others. This and the camaraderie that comes from being part of a group. And so I started my winter warriors group at the end of September with the intention of giving people the confidence to swim through the winter.
It wasn't without difficulty. A couple of people questioned my judgement taking responsibility for new winter swimmers. And after someone was taken ill from the cold water at an event I attended, I questioned my own sanity.