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Polar Barely

first_imgI was tired of the same old New Year’s routine — drinking champagne, lighting a few crummy fireworks, watching the ball drop. I needed a new tradition, and jumping into a half-frozen lake seemed as good as any. So I signed up for a polar bear swim—an out-and-back 50 meters in a mountain lake on the first day of the new year.Hung over and half asleep, I drove two hours through the mountains and arrived at Lake Chatuge just before noon. Sixteen other shivering swimmers huddled around a campfire along the shore, trying to stay warm in 30-degree weather and flag-whipping winds. I squeezed in between a crew-cut army cadet, two teenage girls, and an overweight man wearing Spandex.“Do we tip-toe into the water or dive in?” asked one of the girls.“Gotta hit it hard,” the cadet said stoically.At least one hundred spectators lined the lake, waiting to see a bunch of half-naked Southerners act like Eskimos. Some watched from the warmth of their cars. Minutes before the start, the organizer pulled a thermometer from the water: 46 degrees Fahrenheit.The cold truth was starting to sink in: I really had to go through with this. I had to get in that water and swim 50 meters — two full swimming pool lengths. Though I’d competed in dozens of triathlons, I had never felt more nervous than at the starting line of a mere 50-meter swim. My teeth were chattering, my arms twitched, my goose-pimpled skin shook uncontrollably — and I hadn’t even touched my toes to the water yet.Waiting made it worse. Just thinking about the swim made me cold. I jumped up and down, pretended to stretch, and even ran a few barefoot sprints along the rocky, frost-covered lakeshore to stay warm. Then, back at the boat ramp, I listened to a wife berating her husband as he undressed.“You warm up your shower water before you get in every morning, for Chrissakes! How are you going to swim around in a freezing lake?”But the husband would not be dissuaded. He quickly stripped off his clothes, handed them to his wife, and joined the other swimmers milling around on the boat ramp making jokes.“Weather’s bit nipply out here, wouldn’t you say?”“It takes some balls to be out here.”“Yeah — blue, shriveled, marble-sized ones.”At high noon, the organizer yelled “GO!” and we herded into the lake. Swimmers whooped and shouted as they plunged in. I high-stepped out as far as I could, then dove headlong into the lake. When I popped up, my mind completely shut down. I was all body and instinct. Panic poured through my muscles. I was hyperventilating and hypothermic. Frantically I threw my arms in front of me and swam toward the orange buoy. It looked a lot farther away than a pool-length.I was breathing too rapidly to put my face underwater; instead I was splashing across the lake with a spastic, all-arms, head-out-of-the-water stroke. Frenzied swimmers collided with me as we rounded the buoy. Trickles of laughter from onshore spectators drifted across the water.On the long swim back to the boat ramp, my adrenaline-fueled muscles slowed. Icy blood coursed through my veins. My arms slapped against the water. I floundered forward, meter by meter. Finally my knuckles scraped the sandy bottom, and I felt my brain click back on.I climbed out and felt rejuvenated. After numbing myself in the lake, I felt the glow of life so much more intensely. Every sensation was heightened. Scalp tingles surged electricity down my spine.Blue-faced and panting, I put on my clothes and watched the rest of the swimmers slugging toward shore. Rescuers in oar boats threw life jackets and float rings to struggling swimmers. Two guys had to be helped to shore. The teenage girls stumbled out of the water together, holding hands and hugging each other. The army cadet was close behind.After three minutes, everyone had made it back — except three especially cold-blooded polar bears. They were still wading offshore to see who could stay in the lake the longest. One kicked his feet in the air as if lounging in a warm bathtub. Their breath visibly condensed in the frozen air. After five minutes, nobody had flinched. Finally, to break the tie, the three swimmers raced back to the boat ramp.Afterward, we all crouched around the bonfire sipping hot chocolate. I warmed myself inside a circle of other hardy, grizzled beasts. I was one of them now. I was a Polar Bear cub.I couldn’t wait to get back home and hibernate.Polar PlungesJanuary 1: LAKE LURE, N.C.January 17: WESTMINSTER, MDJanuary 25: BLOWING ROCK, N.C.January 26: CHATTANOOGA, TENN.FEBRUARY 1: VIRGINIA BEACH, VA.FEBRUARY 9: MORGANTOWN, W.VA.FEBRUARY 16: LAKE LANIER, GA.FEBRUARY 25: RALEIGH, N.C.last_img read more

How to filter your IP address from Google Analytics

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derik Krauss Derik is a cofounder of BloomCU, an award-winning website design agency for credit unions. His agency’s design work has received recognition from CUNA (Diamond Award), TheFinancialBrand.com, and others. He … Web: bloomCU.com Details Analytics can help you measure the success of your credit union website and calculate the revenue it generates. But to get accurate reports, you need clean data. You and your colleagues visit the credit union’s website for various reasons. Maybe you’re working on a page for a new product. Or, your call center agents reference the answers to frequently asked questions. Those are good reasons to visit your website, but all those activities get logged in your analytics and can skew your data—unless you filter your IP addresses. The video above will show you how to set up three different Views in Google Analytics and filter IP addresses so you have clean data to create accurate reports.You may also like “How to track every click and form submission on your website”. This is placeholder text center_img This post is currently collecting data…last_img read more

MansionBet unveils KSI vs Logan Paul boxing sponsorship

first_img MansionBet adds Bristol City to sponsorship portfolio August 20, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon Spotlight Sports takes over MansionBet blog  June 18, 2020 Related Articles Submit Degree 53 expands technical and product development teams   July 22, 2020 MansionBet has announced the latest entry into its sponsorship portfolio, as the operator throws its support behind the KSI versus Logan Paul boxing match.Stating that it’s “pleased to continue supporting the lighter side of sports with this unique sponsorship,” it sees the firm build upon its deal with impressionist Darren Farley, which sees a variety of exclusive video content produced.British social media star KSI goes head-to-head with his American vlogging rival Logan Paul at the Manchester Arena this weekend (Saturday 25 August), as bad blood between the pair boils over into the MansionBet branded ring. Soaring to fame through their respective YouTube channels, which boast a combined 37 million subscribers, the fight is to also be streamed on that platform, which is “to strengthen the brand’s awareness within the UK market and target a new platform.”Shelly Suter-Hadad, COO and Managing Director of Mansion, commented: “We are excited to expand our sponsorship portfolio with such a huge, media-focused event.“We recognise that sports betting should be a fun, safe environment, and with this sponsorship so heavily based on online comedy, it was the perfect fit for us.”The fight’s potential as a betting proposition has been previously emphasised by Coral PR Exec Harry Aitkenhead, who told SBC news: “In our book it does go down as a sports event, even though the standard might not be quite as high as the other boxing matches we bet on! It can be difficult to gauge having not seen much of the contenders in action, however, we saw KSI beat another YouTube star in Joe Weller back in February and that performance means for this bout coming up he is our hot odds-on favourite, at 1/2.“That fight back in February drew in more than 15 million viewers online, which is more than the 2017 epic clash between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley”.last_img read more

Daily Sport launches ‘The Bet’ for all wagering audiences

first_img Submit PMU bets big on French football and rugby coverage July 19, 2016 Share Related Articles StumbleUponcenter_img Share Racing Victoria purchases Racing.com domain August 18, 2014 Grant Miller – The BetUK news and entertainment publisher Daily Sport Limited has launched new property ‘The Bet – ‘TheBet.co.uk’, seeking to deliver the most comprehensive and simplified free information portal for all sports betting audiences.Launched under the tagline of ‘The Bet is #YourBestBet’, the Daily Sport’s new property aims to deliver wagering news, information, stats, form and odds across all major sports, illustrated through simplified content and terminology to engage wider audiences with sports betting markets.The development of the Portal has been overseen by the Daily Sport owner and serial entrepreneur Grant Miller, who details to SBC that The Bet will be run by a ‘team of sports betting experts and journalists’ capable of not only communicating but further simplifying sports betting’s jargon, trends and customs towards a wider audience.Launching The Bet, Miller stated: “Never before has the sports betting punter had so much FREE in-depth information at their fingertips from a single source.”Furthermore, beyond news and information, The Bet will reward its player community with a range of racing breaks which will be launched by its in development ‘Racing Club’ in the near future.Miller added: “We plan to make The Bet the go to place for everyone from your professional gambler to your once a year punter than fancies that cheeky flutter.”last_img read more