Last post ended: “Looking back, and looking at how I am now, the cold does not affect me the same.”
This is HABITUATION. I have become somewhat inured to getting into cold water. I know it hurts for a few minutes. I know adrenalin will shoot my heart rate up before I get in. I know it will be difficult to breathe the first minute or so. I know I will flail about for the first 100 metres. I also know it will settle and I will get used to it.
I know it won’t kill me.
This is a mistake that some people make. They think that other swimmers, (more capable or tougher swimmers than them, in their mind), don’t feel it. They do. I do. It just matters less. Of course I also feel the same about other’s swimmers capability. I met a guy I know by accident one weekend last year, river swimming in 7½ Celcius (45½F) water, in October. That seemed too cold for me right then when I was sea swimming in 10 Celcius. It made me feel like he’s good at cold and I’m not. But he’s much taller and heavier than me, meaning an overall greater heat retention. He did 35 minutes in that temperature. I’m sure it hurt him too though, just as much as a 10C (50F) hurt me then. That’s a point to remember. We all have capabilities and different limits Are we willing to find them?