I did the polar bear plunge yesterday, and I tried to be a bit macho and not use a wetsuit. Wore just my racing suit. My kid sis didn’t use a wet suit either, but she always tries to keep up with the guys on her lifeguard team.
With no wetsuit, that was quite a natural rush. It even triggered some low level visual and tactile hallucinations. Nothing scary, but color flashes and distortions, and little fingers everywhere. It was like being back on acid again. The voices sure hated it, they amped up. I hadn’t taken all my meds before the plunge due to the fact that breakfast was going to be after so I waited a bit so I could take my meds with food.
I was sort off the rest of the day. Nothing bad, but just not able to really keep up or stay focused. I had a lot of intruding thoughts and other glitches. My visual was really colorful and distorted until the meds really kicked in. Then I was overly tired. I even fell asleep in the car. (No, I wasn’t driving)
Notes for next year… have a small breakfast and take the meds before the plunge and maybe wear a rash guard and Jammers. Don’t go in with just a racing suit. I bet I’ll take this plunge again.