Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Good Ole Spring Cold-Water Plunges – Book Out In May
Everything seems to happen along the lines of the "mammalian dive reflex" that the book describes, including the gasp when you hit the water. Obviously, I don't really swim, I just go in and out, almost like taking medicine. But it feels great afterward. Skin tingling all over, and a kind of thrill-seeking rush to the head. A baby seal bobbed in the waves when my son and I went down there today, and I could have (temporarily) used some of his blubber.
I dived in both the Merrimac River, on one side of a jetty, then the Atlantic ocean. If I brought my triathlon wetsuit, then I wouldn't get the full hormetic benefit of a cold-water plunge.
By the way, the Fitness For Geeks publication is slated for the first week of May. You can read a sampler from the book via this download: http://cdn.oreilly.com/oreilly/booksamplers/9781449399894_sampler.pdf. (The Blogger links are broken at the moment.)