i need Schrodinger cat wool socks that switches automatically between warm and cold when i need it...and also clean themselves.. walking in a river possibly a solution ? and for the first time I did extensive ice bathing this year in the oslo fjord. Experienced ice bathers where "shouting" at me that I had to get up from the fjord after like 30 minutes out, I told them they had to learn to pass the pain barrier...the first 5 minutes are brutal (and I noticed they did not pass it), burning fire in the skin..then suddenly it get very comfortable. Extreme breathing in the cold shock period, i also got nick name the whale... but I stopped now, after googling more about ice bathing, and understood it can be quite risky to be out long. One missing ice bather they found in the sea some years ago where I am going out now. Could possibly explain that the experienced ice bathers actually tried to give me a good advice, but I told them how to pass the pain barrier and they did not want to listen ;-- )
nothing is like a swim in the ocean when snowing, alone (few swimmers in winter) and really feel one with the ocean...but yes one should not be too long out. Blood pressure and heart rate is not increasing significantly, it is blood to brain that is reduced quite significantly., also motion range of arms and legs reduced after some time out in cold water, but this I did not find a big issue as one can take just shorter moves....remember my head was quite foggy after 30 minutes out, and one get lots of endorphins, it is a kick..and the brain feels faster even if foggier. there are plenty of ice swimmer clubs, some swim all winter every year, likely safer than swimming alone...someone can tell where one went missing
qualified Ice swimming is <10 C in water I think, only once I did ice swimming when it was so cold I had to jump trough the ice (thin ice, but yes frozen lake), many years ago...(1 minute or so), on purpose.
no cats have joined any of the ice swimmer clubs to my knowledge..