Monday, February 24, 2014

Polar Plunge: Freezin' For A Reason

Saturday I took the plunge and participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge at Moorman Lake to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Nineteen teams signed up to jump in freezing, icy waters. I jumped in with a few members of the roller derby team. Crazy insane, yet crazy fun!

Each individual was required to raise a minimum of $75 to participate. Thanks to family, friends, and blog supporters I raised $95. That scored me the opportunity to jump, a hooded sweatshirt, and free on-site meal.

On the morning of the jump I was surprised with a gang of supporters who came out to watch. I knew my husband was going to be there, but eight other friends and family members showed up to cheer me on. I felt kinda popular!
Everyone was corraled in a large tent before the big event. We were treated to free Starbucks coffee and hot chocolate. Heck yeah!

There are several people on our roller derby team, but six of us braved the cold to represent. Three other members were there to be a part of our support team and hold our towels.

The large semi trailers we posed next to were there for changing purposes. Once a person came back up out of the lake, they could change into dry clothes by entering the semi trailer and swapping out wet for dry apparel. One trailer housed the men and one housed the women. Modesty went right out the window! We were corraled in like cattle, several of us at a time. It was boobs and butts everywhere. I should've snuck into the men's trailer!

Before the big to-do, the fire department chipped away at the ice with chainsaws and axes. It gave jumpers time to rethink their sanity.

We were group #17 to jump. That allowed us to watch most everyone else and plan our strategy. We collectively decided that it was "Go Big or Go Home" mode. We weren't going to be toe dippers or pansies about it. We were to all go completely under. And that we did!

To say that the water was cold is an understatement. It was freakin' freezin! Somehow my shirt and my leggings separated and I bared part of my backside.

The weather was cold, the water was even colder. And I loved every minute of it!

I was freezin' for a reason and would absolutely do it all over again.

Have you ever participated in a Polar Plunge? Would you ever jump in icy cold waters to benefit a special cause? If you ever get the opportunity, I highly recommend it. In one word: Exhilarating!


Masshole Mommy said...

They do this all over the place around here, but it's always on new years day. I would do it, but I have never been able to fit it into my schedule.

VickeC said...

no I haven't an I honestly don't know if I could or not,,I think im too old,,but proud of you!

Theresa Mahoney said...

I have never heard of anyone doing this kind of activity, but way to go! I am such a baby when it comes to cold, I'm not sure if I'd be able to mentally get myself in the game though lol.

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

I'm SO jealous! I've ALWAYS wanted to participate in one of these plunges :)

It looks like you and your team had a lot of fun! I love your strategy: Go Big or Go Home!

Hopefully one day I'll finally be able to do something like this, too!

Rory Bore said...

Oh good for brave you!! Good cause or not - it takes some strong fortitude to brave the icy waters.

my best friend growing up was Finnish, and her family had a cottage on a local lake. complete withe sauna on site of course. Well, in the winter, they would cut a big path in the ice, take a sauna, jump in the frozen hole...and then dash back into the sauna!! Crazy it seems - but there were right about one thing: your skin felt amazing afterward!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

God Bless you hun, never could do it :)

alissa apel said...

I haven't. My Dad used to get a steaming hot bath ready, put his swimming suit on, roll in the snow, come back in and jump in the hot tub.