With all the snow last weekend I almost completely forgot. This Saturday is the Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge!
Thank goodness it wasn’t last Saturday because I’m positive it would have been called off. For those of you who may not be familiar with what a Polar Bear Plunge is, I will explain:
It’s basically a huge ice bath. I know we are all familiar with those.
Or the Ice Bucket Challenge x 1 billion.
I’ve plunged once in the past and it looked like this:
This was in 2010. Yes it is snowing and yes I am dressed like a giant bee for reasons that I cannot remember. Also I was absolutely as cold as I look.
So why do I want to do something like this again even though last year I specifically said that I was never going to do it again? First of all, I have a terrible memory. Secondly it’s for an excellent cause. A bunch of crazy people have been diving into the Bay for the past 20 years to raise money for the Special Olympics of Maryland. I considered plunging last year too, but instead decided to participate in the sister event, a 5K called Freeze Your Buns, which ended up being colder and more awful than taking an icy dip in a ridiculous outfit.
It just so happens that Freeze Your Buns was supposed to be last weekend and obviously was postponed along with my run club’s 8 miler that I was supposed to volunteer for. Damn Jonas messing up all the race plans.
Third of all…FRIENDS! The Plunge is like a great big beach party minus the warm sunny weather and instead of sand we will be slogging through 2 feet of snow. (Unless they’ve cleared the beach which I suspect they have not.) Lots of people even hop in the Bay in their swimsuits which I will be doing this year since I can’t locate my bee costume. We have rented a bus to take us down there as it is about a 45 minute trek from where we live and it will be full of healthy snacks and drinks.
Okay fine…taco dip and beers. It’s going to be my rest day so I do what I want.
I’m sure I’ll have tons of hilarious photos to share when Monday rolls around.
Have you ever done a Polar Bear Plunge? Would you?