I’m still thinking of what I could try for New Things January and this essay about winter swimming got some gears turning. Am I a strong swimmer? No! Do I live conveniently near a body of water? Not really! But did I enjoy the single cold plunge I did last year on a hot springs trip? Strangely, yes. The adrenaline jolt after you get out of the water is really something.

I probably won’t take up winter lake swimming, but it caught my interest this week. As the essay says, there’s “joy and discipline in embracing what was once unthinkable […] Cold forces a focus.”