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jim thornton
February 27th, 2008, 02:35 PM
I invite my friends to check out the following video of the 2008 Sea Isle City (New Jersey) Polar Bear Plunge.

Notes:

1) it was made by my twin brother John, who has a confusingly similar voice to my own

2) there are some occasional moments of ribaldry here and there, so please do not watch if easily offended. Spoiler Alert: there is a scene towards then end involving girl-on-girl beach scissoring which I personally find beautiful but may not be every person's cup of tea

3) finally, if you feel as I do that Cold Water Plunging should be included as a possible Olympic Sport in future years, please let your local Olympic official know. With the growing girth of our population, I think it's high time we include a water sport for people like myself, with hard-won layers of protective blubber that may retard swimming speed but increase cold water endurance by seconds.

With the above in mind, I invite you to enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OqJikefD0Y

Leonard Jansen
February 27th, 2008, 03:33 PM
I have to confess that I watched to find out what "girl-on-girl beach scissoring" was. After seeing that, with some intensive psychotherapy and medication, I may be able to live as a semi-productive member of society.

-LBJ

geochuck
February 27th, 2008, 04:28 PM
I prefer this Polar bear swim. Geat dive into the water, backstroke sequences, the breastrokers shoild take not of a very nice stroke, some great EVF stuff, and all in very cold water. http://www.metacafe.com/watch/639352/polar_bears_swimming_underwater/

fanstone
February 28th, 2008, 09:42 AM
Jim, out of subject but in the spirit of this forum, yesterday I found a Men's Health magazine at my daughter's place (?). It was a brazilian issue of 2006 where you did an article on testosterone. Interesting. The incident of the beer spilling on you happened to me opposite. I spilled a quart of coke on some slightly drunk guys at a Cardinal's game in St. Louis in 1990. They laughed and said it was refreshing and were not bothered at all. It is odd to read articles signed by people you know from right here...like maybe you are a celebrity! I once jumped into the Colorado River, south of Lake Havasu, in my underwear, at the side of the highway, without checking out the water temperature. Hey, we were in the desert! Later someone told me the temps were around 50 f. The scissors thing reminds me of a position we do while stretching before swimming, except maybe we do it solo.

geochuck
March 8th, 2008, 09:52 AM
I just watched this race that took place. It was held during a terrible storm. http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=1586788828416845775&q=ugly+swimmers&total=3&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=0

3strokes
March 8th, 2008, 10:10 AM
I just watched this race that took place. It was held during a terrible storm. http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=1586788828416845775&q=ugly+swimmers&total=3&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=0

Which goes to show that the bent elbow recovery (the guy on the left) is faster than the straight-arm, windmilling action of the second place finisher............. and the waterr was a bit too shallow for SDK..........

geochuck
April 25th, 2008, 05:54 PM
Polar Bears are unique http://www.earthactionrightnow.org/polar.htm

jim thornton
April 27th, 2008, 03:42 PM
Thanks, George. That makes me proud to call myself a Polar Bear.