December 30, 2009

Remembering Cherry Beach, January 1, 2003


Life is often about loss.

The older we get, the more things we regret not doing.

New Year's day gives us the opportunity to promise ourselves that we will live our lives to the fullest.

So on New Year's day of 2003 I challenged myself to do a Polar Bear swim. My friend Andrew agreed to do it with me. Down we went to Cherry Beach on the first day of the year to test our resolve.

My only fear was that I might have a heart attack, but this did not happen. Apart from the shock of the cold water, the only thing that really surprised me was the giddy euphoric state of mind that lasted for about an hour after our plunge.

I do NOT recommend that anyone else do this.

The photographs are courtesy of Ken Collict.


Polar Bear Swim January 1, 2003
Polar Bear Swim January 1, 2003
Polar Bear Swim January 1, 2003
Polar Bear Swim January 1, 2003
Polar Bear Swim January 1, 2003
Polar Bear Swim January 1, 2003
Polar Bear Swim January 1, 2003
Polar Bear Swim January 1, 2003
Polar Bear Swim January 1, 2003
Polar Bear Swim January 1, 2003
Polar Bear Swim January 1, 2003
Polar Bear Swim January 1, 2003
Polar Bear Swim January 1, 2003
Polar Bear Swim January 1, 2003
Polar Bear Swim January 1, 2003
Polar Bear Swim January 1, 2003
Polar Bear Swim January 1, 2003
Polar Bear Swim January 1, 2003

All the very best for 2010!

Mark

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