Cold shower challenge: day 1

Today was the big day. The first day of my first challenge. It may sound a bit strange, but I was looking forward to this, in a way. Not that I envisioned enjoying the cold shower, but still. I’m going to prove myself, to myself. This has always been a big part of me, I prove to myself that if I decide something, I will do it. If I decide to put my alarm early, I get up when it sounds, no matter what. I decided to take the 30 day cold shower challenge, so I will do it, without hesitating. That’s more easily said than done of course, sitting cozy in the couch the evening before, sipping hot milk.

Waterfall on our holiday. It was such cold water that it hurt our feet after 1 minute.
A waterfall we visited during our holiday. It was such cold water that it actually hurt my feet after a minute.

In the morning I got up from our nice, hot bed to go to the shower. Hesitating came naturally. I got in the cabin, put the thermostat all the way to the coldest and opened the tap. Sweet @#&ยง% was that cold! Now I wasn’t going to quit obviously. My friends in high school didn’t call me a Russian Siberian experiment for nothing, people that don’t know me personally at work don’t call me “that guy that doesn’t wear sweaters” for nothing. No, I was going to beat this hands down. Well… feet down! I put one foot under. That wasn’t too bad. I mean, sure it was cold but OK, that’s just a foot, not some sensitive part. Then I put the other, one hand, another hand. At this moment I was trying to pump myself up: “it will be over before you know it, how bad can it be, it’s just some water?”. So I took one small step forward and put my head under. Then another step and there I was, standing completely under the shower head of ice-hell. Reflexively I sucked in my breath and started to move back.

No! I stayed under the water but started turning, so the water wouldn’t be at the same spot all the time. A strange feeling came to the parts of my body that got rid of the cold water. In the cold bathroom, they started to feel warm. Just for a moment though, before the ice-spewing shower head would show up again to quench that precious heat. I did this dance for a short minute before I turned off the water. I soaped myself and put the water on again. Not any longer than needed to remove every piece of foam, but I noticed that it was actually a little bit easier to keep standing under it. Maybe the shock effect was gone, since my skin was cold already?


I was happy to get out. Obviously because the torment was over, but of course also because I did it! I was very much awake now and my skin was again glowing a bit where I rubbed it dry. It’s good to end the shower session with a nice feeling. If I would be cold to the bone and shivering, it would probably be very difficult to mentally prepare myself for the next time.

1 day down, 29 to go.

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