I've always joked that I would like to do a Polar Bear Plunge on New Years Day. I'm usually at my warmest first thing in the morning. I'm so hot that I can steam up the car windows on a cold winter morning. Then I have to blast the defroster but keep the windows down so keep me from expiring due to the perspiring. I figure if I get up, bundle up and blast the car heat, I'll be happy to jump into an icy cold lake.
This New Years Day my friend Rhonda put up a FB status about wanting to for a Polar Bear Plunge, somewhere in Pierce County b/c she didn't feel like going to Seattle. I commented to her that I always wanted to do it. She begged me and dared me (and called me chicken when I wimped out), to try and get me to meet her at American Lake in Lakewood. I went with my standard, "I don't feel like driving that far" excuse. So she calls my bluff and offers to drive to my house, so that we can do the plunge in Lake Tapps, which is right down the street from me! Needless to say I begged off and said I'd do it next year when I have more time to get mentally prepared. But I didn't think she was serious about going through with it.
At about 1:30 pm on New Years Day, this picture pops up on my newsfeed with the title, "I DID IT!" There's Rhonda, in American Lake, in Lakewood.
I asked her if she dunked her head or only went in as far as her waist. She said she went to her shoulders, and is saving the head dunk, "....for next year when you come with me." Looks like I'm committed now. Or I need to be committed for agreeing to do this! Brian said he'll be sure to take photos. I now have just under 365 days to get used to the idea.