How to swim comfortably in 10 degrees Celsius water
I hate to freeze. It is just awful. I have never learned to enjoy it, no matter how many times I have exposed myself for it in an attempt to HTFU, short for «Harden The F*** Up».
What I have learned is to not freeze while swimming in cold water, and that is done by putting on proper clothing. The coldest I have been swimming in was 3 degrees C water and minus air temperature, a swim lasted 11 minutes. Except for the fingers, which got rather cold, the rest of the body was totally okay with it. 3 degrees is much lower than people would go out for a swim. The cold summer we have in Norway for the moment does not make 10-14 degrees unlikely temperatures you would meet. Luckily it is fairly easy and inexpensive to get gear for swimming comfortably in those temperature ranges.
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