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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

Volleyball: No. 7 Wisconsin completes weekend sweep of Ohio State, Maryland in dominant fashion

first_imgThe No. 7 University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team (20-6, 13-5 Big Ten) won two matches on the road over the weekend.They defeated The Ohio State (12-17, 3-14) in straight sets Friday before doing the same to Maryland (17-13, 8-10) Saturday.The victories pushed the Badgers’ winning streak to four, during which they have secured a season-high of twelve consecutive sets. The streak began last Friday night against Purdue, when Wisconsin came back from down 0–2 to win the match 3–2.Sophomore Dana Rettke once again had a monster weekend, finishing with 24 kills and eight blocks over the two matches. Other key contributors included Madison Duello, who finished with 22 kills and six blocks — including 13 and five against Maryland on Saturday — and Sydney Hilley, who had 45 and 44 assists against OSU and Maryland, respectively.Football: Wisconsin rallies from 14-point, fourth quarter deficit to defeat Purdue in triple-OT thrillerJonathan Taylor rushed for a career-high 321 yards and scored three touchdowns, including a 17-yard game-winner in triple overtime to Read…The Badgers won the match against OSU in straight sets 25–10, 25–14, 25–23. Their offense dominated the first two sets, including eight kills by Rettke in the first set alone.The Buckeyes emerged from the intermission with more energy than the Badgers had seen all night, leading through much of the third set before Wisconsin went on a 4–0 scoring run late to win 25–23.The Badgers finished with a hitting percentage of .432, compared to the measly .134 put up by the Buckeyes. The skilled trio of Duello, Rettke and senior Tionna Williams finished with 35 combined kills.The Badgers then traveled to College Park where they took on the Maryland Terrapins Saturday night. Wisconsin once again won in straight sets, 25–22, 28–26, 25–22. The Terrapins proved to be a steeper challenge than the Buckeyes, pushing the Badgers to the brink of defeat before Wisconsin put together clutch rallies to win each set.Men’s basketball: Badgers take down Houston Baptist in overwhelming fashion 96-59The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team flirted with a 100-point offensive performance as they beat Houston Baptist University 96–59 Read…The match featured 37 ties and 12 lead changes, including a back-and-forth second set that Wisconsin was able to secure 28–26. The Badgers finished with a .254 hitting percentage and held the Terrapins to just .127 in the process.Looking ahead, Wisconsin will finish their regular season with two road games against Rutgers Nov. 23 and No. 7 Penn State Nov. 24 before beginning the NCAA Tournament Nov. 29. Both games can be listened to on 100.9 FM, and the match against Penn State will also be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.last_img read more

Local driver takes part in Las Vegas 2019 Spring Fling

first_imgThen on May 10 to the 12, Kowalski will be in Mission, B.C. for a race, where he will be testing his Corvette that ran into some issues during the qualifiers of the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Pacific Division Race in Las Vegas.Travelling along with Kowalski for the races, in Boise and Mission, will be Mike Lucas and Matt Dohm.Following those two races, they will be in Fort St. John on May 25 and 26 for the first local race of the season. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Dave Kowalski, of Fort St. John, was in Las Vegas from April 16 to the 20 for the 2019 Spring Fling Race.Over 580 entries took part in the Spring Fling for a chance at $1 million.Kowalski says he had a good first few rounds, but then started to get lost once he started to earn some money.- Advertisement -“Went a few rounds but got lost just as it started to pay. One more round and I would have got $300 and then more every round after.”Despite not doing so well in earnings, Kowalksi says his 1970 Chevrolet Nova ran well during the Spring Fling.This Sunday, Kowalski will be flying back to Vegas to pick up his race rig and then will be headed off to Boise, Idaho from May 3 to the 5, with his Nova for the NAPA Auto Parts Ignitor Nitro Opener at Firebird Raceway.Advertisementlast_img read more