everybody do it? Don't you need to be conditioned for it? I mean, wouldn't it
be bad for some people? (Me, for instance?)
"I have a
saying: 'If you go into the water and you turn blue, this isn't the sport for
you.' Turning blue means that you have poor blood circulation and your
extremities can freeze because the blood doesn't get to them. You should turn
bright red, like you've been out in the sun. We watch for people, though. We
don't let anyone stay in too long."
"Why does a
person turn red?"
"When you go
into the cold water you're asking your body to do something to keep you warm.
To do that, it makes the blood rise very close to the skin and circulate very
fast, and that's very healthy. It keeps you from getting hardening of the
ever get heart attacks from going into cold water?"
you have a much greater chance of getting a heart attack in the summer than you
do in the winter. In the summer you're going from very hot air to cold water
and that can be a shock. In the winter the water is warmer than the air; it's
not the same shock to the system."
We'd all finished
eating, except for Eli, who was beginning his third large breakfast. He grinned
and waved his fork at us from the other end of the table. Everybody
means different things to each of us," Al said quietly. "But all of us
leave our worries and pressures behind when we go to the beach. There's one
woman, Martha Grondski, from Sweden, who couldn't come this weekend. She's in
her 70s and she has her own philosophy. She says when she goes to the water she
pours her troubles into the ocean and lets them float away." His eyebrows
It was a sunny
day, cold and windy—which is the one thing all Polar Bears hate because of the
hardly any snow," Eli said to Destin, who just shrugged and grinned.