7 o’clock. The sun was still below the horizon but already colourised sky and sea at Storgrundet.
Some minutes later – looking into the opposite direction revealed another colour impression.
There was thin ice on this bay. It was partially broken. You may already guess, why. I’ll tell you.
I love bathing in the sea and this bay is my favourite beach and bathing place. In mid-August the water temperature had been 18 °C, in September it had fallen below 10 °C and this morning it was only around 0.7 °C.
Anyhow, time for another bath.
I undressed and started wading through the ice. First I stalked like a stork, than the water got deeper and thinner and I just walked normally, breaking the ice with my thighs.
Soon I reached both open water and swimming depth. I love bathing in cold water and think it’s invigorating and refreshing. Bathing before sunrise with these beautiful morning colours is an extra bonus.
As long as the skin is cold, you hardly feel such scratches.
Being still wet I started freezing because the air was not warm neither. -9 °C the car thermometer had shown. Then the great moment came where I realised, that I had forgot to take a towel with me!
I dried myself a bit with my hands and slipped – wet as I was – into my clothes. And warm clothes it was!
This worked much better than expected and I decided to drive to the office directly. Arriving there only the tips of the socks felt a bit damp, the rest (outdoor pants and woollen sweater) felt warm and dry again.
Since the ice will get thicker and thicker every day I guess that this was the end of my bathing season 2019. At least at Storgrundet.
Some random comments
- It has been quite cold for late October the last days. In some parts of Finnish lapland temperatures had dropped below -25 °C.
- Later this morning I realised that I had got many more cuts and scratches from the ice than excepted.
- The definition of a winter bath is a bath in water colder than 10 °C. According this definition I took my first winter bath this season on 9 September. But it was today that I took my first ice bath of the season.
- While I am writing this blog article I realise that I had a roll of kitchen paper in my car. So I could have dried myself this morning.