33rd Anniversary Save the Bay Swim
Last year, my message started with “It's been a wild year so far but one thing I know, swimming has been a life saver. When all the doors and gates started closing with the pandemic, the ocean remained open and I continued to swim for the calm and balance it provided me”. I feel I could start this year’s message exactly the same way.
In that message, I also wrote about the ‘open face’ swimming or ‘sea otter’ swimming I’ve done for the last 8 or more years. Suiting up in my neoprene layers and making my way into Purgatory Chasm for a 20 minute swim in and out of that most beautiful of sanctuaries. Well, I’ve stepped up my game this year and done away with the wetsuit. Starting at the end of 2020, I began “plunging” in the waters off of Surfer’s End wearing only my booties, mittens, 3 hats and bathing suit. I started slowly and made my way up to 20 mins in 40 degree water. When the air dropped to 28 degrees and the water plunged to 33 degrees, I had the sense to cut my time down to 12 minutes. It’s a strange thing that cold water swimming. It’s a bit painful for the first minute or so and then you start to acclimate, you become numb, and then you don’t want to get out because your endorphins are flying. And that’s when you need to get out because you’ll regret it later. I did that once and didn’t do it again!! I usually go alone, enjoying the peace and solitude of the experience, but I have a nice group that I join occasionally in Jamestown and in March, I was joined by a good friend's daughter who asked me to guide her through the cold water swim. Now, she's hooked!
With all that’s happened over the last year, my commitment to preserving the waters I swim in throughout the year has only grown. This year marks my 33rd consecutive Save the Bay swim. Please join me in celebrating my long swimming history and Save The Bay's success in keeping Narragansett Bay clean, healthy and beautiful.
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