As Churchill is famously quoted: “The empires of the future are the empires of the mind”. Too many times our head gives up way before our bodies do and once the head goes, everybody can accept the sad inevitability of the body following suit. I’ve been here, I’ve bought the T-shirt, and I hopefully don’t wear it too much these days – but believe me, I know what I’m talking about! We started with the first RGActive Open Water session this morning in Ham Lake in April. Yes, I know, crazy or what? It might sound as warm as a dip in a Norwegian fjord in February, what with this ‘cold snap’ we’re having, and, y’know, as we do live in England and haven’t seen much of the sun for the last 2 years – BUT we were pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t as frosty as I was expecting, and I largely put this down to my state of mind.
I know that what some people consider cold others don’t. For example, Wim Hoff is currently a Dutch multiple world record holder; seeing as he managed to complete a full sub-6-hour marathon in -20º above the Polar Circle in Finland, dressed in nothing but his shorts and trainers, he can be excluded from this example. I am only talking about us normal humans who have trouble with the idea of getting up at 6am, of course for training, bypassing the most heartwarming of morning coffees, and jumping into a cold lake, the bottom of which is obscured by silt, mud, and little creatures that occasionally brush our toes. Well STOP right there!
I am now looking at it as a wonderful opportunity to do a sport I love, in a beautiful setting not many people have access to being in London. It is only cold if I let it be cold and, as Churchill and myself have said, mind over matter really does triumph… If I don’t mind it doesn’t matter, right?
So this morning have I decided never to complain about getting into cold water again; I am going to try to embrace all that open water has to offer and be positive. Lets hope this works next time!
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