It has been a few weeks since I have gone for a fully immersed cold swim. Summer travel, home projects, and time with the family has been a bit of a priority. But the laminate floors looks awesome, the Irish Fair in Minneapolis-St. Paul was a blast, and Micki and I came out of it … Continue reading
Tag Archives: Puget Sound
As a former actor, former EMT, and elementary teacher it is pretty much a requirement that I have a therapist. The guy I have been seeing off and on for a few years now is pretty no-nonsense and is great at calling bullshit. So I keep going back. About a year ago he asked me … Continue reading
When I was a child I used to have this recurring dream. In the way of dreams it was always slightly different, but familiar enough that in the midst of the dream I would have a moment where I would consciously think “oh yeah, I know what happens now…” That was typically where the fun (or … Continue reading
Things that go bump…
Last week I decided to stay in the water a bit longer, which is much less of a challenge with the wetsuit. I tried two different days, about 15 minutes both times. It was an ebb tide both days, with a pretty fast current. The first day the tide was far enough out that I was able to … Continue reading
The right tool for the right job
I bought a wetsuit this past weekend, with the idea that it would keep me a hint warmer and help with buoyancy, freeing me of the bulky life jacket. We were at the second hand sporting goods shop looking for biking shoes with clips. Walked out with shoes, a wetsuit, and a replacement wetsuit for … Continue reading
Open water rescue
Continuing on the subject of how cold the waters of Puget Sound are, I thought I would write a little bit about open water rescues that I have witnessed and how they influence my understanding and appreciation for the place I live. According to NOAA the waters of Puget Sound in the Tacoma area fluctuate from … Continue reading
That is ONE way to feel tough
I haven’t climbed back into Puget Sound again quite yet. The weather has cooled off a bit, the days have felt quite long, and taking a cold shower has felt more than adequate. But that has left me feeling like I grasped the brass ring and dropped it. Hmm, not quite- like I had flown past … Continue reading
How long is too long?
It is excellent to concretely understand and respect your physical limits, temporary as they might be. Fifteen minutes in the 51 degree waters of Puget Sound is currently it for me. 10 minutes the day before felt fine – invigorating once the pain receded. I’m sure the unseasonably warm day helped, too. But 15 minutes in the … Continue reading
Cold showers? I will see you, and raise you one salty freeze-fest!
It was warm in the PNW today. Middle of July warm. So instead of the 10 minute cold shower (52 F well water, around 11 C) I leaped like a gazelle into the Narrows. A whole 1 F colder! Oh yeah… Well, I slid off the ladder into the water. Incrementally. Pretty sure it was … Continue reading