Jan 1, 2010

Number 2...

Hello 2010! There is a tradition here in Boulder that happens every New Years day and up until this point was something that "those" crazy people would consider. But a couple of days ago I decided that what better to be on my list of adventures than the one thing that would really kick it off.

I am usually up for any challenge and almost always excited about supporting a cause. So a couple of days ago I convinced a group of friends (small group because the others said HELL NO!) to participate in the Polar Plunge which supports Alzheimer's Association of Colorado. The name says it all really...a large portion of the ice is cut out to expose freezing waters begging for insane people to dive into if even for a second. I woke up this morning excited and nervous wondering what I was thinking to even consider following through. I used ice cold water to wash my face hoping to prepare for the days event and honestly just though CRAP! But to make sure that I didn't back out on this I arranged to pick up one of my friends and even meet my parents half way to carpool. We pulled into the lot where over 900 people were lining up to take the plunge. There we stood...my three friends, two of their kids posing for pictures that my parents were more than happy to take as long as it meant they didn't have to jump.
After standing in snow for over an hour with temps at 35 degrees our turn was finally up. We put on our sandals, stripped down to our swimsuits (isn't that a pretty site) and we stood inches from the water. 3, 2, 1...JUMP! I ran into the water and it hit me...OMG THIS IS SOOOO COLD! I am the one in the top right corner with the short hair (it was the only picture that came out). So after five steps into the water i dove (because it was only official if your hair was wet) and then turned to run out of the water as quick as possible.

Second really is all that it lasted but the memory will be forever. I loved this experience and loved that my family and friends were there to do it with me. Now the rest of my friends are ready for next year!

7 comments:

WendyB said...

Woot! Good for you.

Shawn said...

HECK NO!!! Thats what I would have said----you go, girl!!

us2 said...

omg i bet that was sooo cold but congrats ...very daring i say....good for u

Caroline said...

What a great way to start the new year!! I can only imagine how cold the water was!!

Happy New Year.

Whiskeymarie said...

This is awesome- good for you!

Suze said...

You go girl! That was awesome!

Charm City Barfly said...

We also have a polar bear plunge here that benefits Maryland Special Olympics. I have friends who participate every year and I always pledge money to them, but there is no way I'd go jump in that cold (and most likely polluted) water myself. Good for you, though, on doing it!