He told me he wants to do the ice water dip, and finally tomorrow my cooling representative is going to go with me on my cold sea dip.
I don’t know if he will be able to last the whole 15 minutes, or even if he should try and last, because it can be quite painful for the first few minutes.
I can see him all nice and warm in front of the radiant heater before he goes outside into the cold air and heads for the beach with his towel. I would say there is a 85% chance that he backs out and changes his mind. I’ve had other people do the same. My HVAC specialist friend went on the dip with me a few months ago and ended up screaming the whole time he was in the water saying how cold it felt. I told him to relax when he goes in and to keep his breathing slow and steady, like the navy seals do, but he just couldn’t do it. He ended up going home and lighting a fire in his fireplace and sitting in front of it the whole day. I know that 55F water is not the ideal bathing temperature, especially when it is cloudy and below freezing outside, but the benefits far outweigh the temporary uncomfortable feeling you get for the first few minutes in the sea. I have a system down to warming myself up afterwards with a hot bath and a hot space heater beside me. I think if you warm up right after the dip you are okay.