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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 get better mileage out of your savings at the pump

first_imgby: BlackRockU.S. drivers are spending approximately 90 cents less on a gallon of gas than they were a year ago. That can easily be more than $10 a tank. If that’s you, what are you doing with that money?If you’re like many Americans, you’re not spending it; you’re saving it. As my colleague Russ Koesterich has pointed out, the U.S. savings rate since November has risen , from 4.4 percent to 5.3 percent.Are you saving for a bigger purchase, such as a car, vacation or even a home? How long do you think it will take to reach your goal?Rethink the safety of cashUnfortunately, it could take longer if you keep your money in low-interest cash accounts and money market funds that barely earn a penny on the dollar. In fact, you may actually lose money after taxes and if inflation continues on its 1.7 percent climb*.Truth is that many people may be holding more money in cash than they need to. Americans interviewed for BlackRock’s 2014 Global Investor Pulse Survey said they should hold about 29 percent of their investible assets in cash. But when you add in money market and other low-interest-bearing accounts, they actually hold an average 63 percent. And over half of these savers said they plan to contribute more to these types of accounts. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Juventus’ Paolo Dybala still has COVID-19 six weeks after first positive test

first_imgJuventus forward, Paolo Dybala, has not recovered from COVID-19 despite contracting the disease six weeks ago.The player, who is still being treated, has since had four positive tests.Dybala announced on March 21 that he and his girlfriend, Oriana Sabatini had contracted the disease following their first test.His Juventus teammates, Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi who both tested positive before Dybala have both since recovered.26-year-old Dybala recently stated that he was no longer showing symptoms, which he said initially included not being able to breathe easily.“Luckily [we are] much better, these days we do not have any symptoms. I had stronger symptoms, I got tired very quickly, when I wanted to train, I was short of breath after five minutes. There we noticed that something was not right and through the tests the club did we were told that we were positive,” Dybala said.“From there we had more symptoms, such as cough, tired body and when we slept I felt very cold, but from the club they had told us that we were going to be fine so we had to be calm.”Football in Italy has been suspended since March due to the pandemic but Serie A teams will be allowed to return to training on Monday, May 4.Italy has been one of the hardest-hit countries during the [pandemic with over 200,000 confirmed cases and over 27,000 deaths.last_img read more