5. DO STAND ON YOUR FUCKING SHOES IN THE CAR PARK
When I see folk doing a barefoot-in- the-icy-carpark dance, a large part of my hope for the future of human kind dies. It’s like, we sent a man into space, but we can’t figure out not to stand barefoot on frigid concrete? I’ll walk you through it; From foot in sock in shoe to no sock on shoe to in boots, without touching the ground. Is it that hard?
6. DO EAT LIGHT
You want your warm, life-giving blood in your extremities (like fingers and toes) keeping them functional, not in your belly digesting four miner’s pasties and a steam jam sponge with custard. To that end, have a light pre-shred meal, something to keep you going, but not something that’ll quicken the onset of hypothermia.
7. DO GET YOUR FLAPS RIGHT
You’d be amazed by how many times people (me) didn’t do the flaps on the suit right and got flushed, or even worse, forgot to zip it up. Stoner! And once you‘ve had the icy rinse, you ain’t warming up. Although you’re in a rush, take your time to see that the very last part of putting your suit on is done with all due care and attention.
8. DO DO A LITTLE RUN TO GET THE HEART GOING
Whislt stretching is no-no, a warm up is yes-yes. The clue is in the name. Warm. Up. A wee jog on the sand will get you ready for cold immersion by getting the blood circulating around your rig. A few jumping jacks perhaps, some shadow boxing at the water’s edge (always a good one to help make friends at a new spot) hey throw in some jumping squat thrusts if you like. Whatever it is, two minutes of vigorous warm up will make all the difference in terms of prolonging your session, and optimising your performance radness.
Yet more Norwegers!