I did it y’all!!! I took the plunge!! I was so nervous I was sick to my tummy all morning long. Avery held my hand as we walked out to the car, gave it a tight squeeze, then looked up at me and said “I’m nervous for you, Heidi! But you are going to do so good!!” Delaney still doesn’t understand why I jumped into a river…it is cold Heidi.
All six of us piled into the car and headed off to the plunge. I sat in the back clenching and unclenching my fists. It gave me something to do. I also texted quite a bit. Kept my mind off of where we were heading. When we got there, Chris dropped me and Joni (who was a huge trooper by the way, tons of walking was involved to come watch me) off so I could go register. When I turned around after registering, there was my Lyz, waiting to walk with me as my wonderful moral support!! We walked down the walkway, my hand securely in Delaney’s (I’m cold Heidi, why you doing this??) and we arrived at the tent TattooJenn had set up.
And that would be about the moment I stopped breathing. The next hour absolutely flew by. We took in the sights:
(Yes, the bath house cracked me up)
Did the Chicken Dance:
Took some photos of the group of plungers I joined:
This is the Famous TattooJen and her beautiful wife CJ
And then oh my heck it was time to plunge!! Lyz took a picture of me as a before picture:
They my CLAD+J left to go stake out their spots on the banks of the Susquehanna to wait for me to run into the water!! Thankfully, CJ had promised to hold my hand (or handcuff me to her so that I wouldn’t run away)
The closer we got to the water, the colder it got. I wore a bathing suit (A very old one…I was surprised to find it was actually a little big on me!), mesh shorts, and a pair of Crocs tennis shoes. That was all. I had briefly considered wearing leggings under my shorts…but thought that if I was going to do this, I was going to go all out! So, bathing suit and shorts it was.
The walk felt like it took forever.
Then we were told to wait a little bit. So we did a cheer:
Walked some more and I saw Avery and had to wave:
While we were walking, CJ and I discussed how deep we were planning on going. We both agreed to go all the way under, even though you aren’t required too. But again, why do something only halfway?? I was going under, come hell or high water!!
And then all of the sudden we were standing on the bank. Waiting for them to tell us to go.
They started counting down from 20. I missed 19-4. All the sudden all I can hear is 3-2-1. Do you want to know what I was thinking right then?? OMG DO NOT SLIP AND FALL DOWN.
And then we were off…
(This is me “yelling” at CJ to get her head under the water)
(look under the right arm of the man in the black tanktop…you see me coming out of the water, so not a sexy face!!)
Yes, it was cold:
But I think CJ’s picture better represents that fact:
Group after shot:
In all honesty, I wasn’t that cold. It was a bit shocking, and my thighs had that tingly burr cold feeling, but I didn’t feel all that GASP I’M FREEZING TO DEATH feeling that I thought I would have, especially not after Lyz came running over with my towel!!
After changing we went back to the car. I still didn’t feel cold. About one hour after the plunge…wham. FROZEN. I had Joni’s coat, a huge blanket and still didn’t feel warm. I wrapped those two items around the heater. Nope, still cold. We stopped for lunch…frozen. Waiting for our table I pulled Avery and Delaney onto my lap and tried to suck all of the warmth out of them. Finally, Chris took pity on me and took me to the bar and bought me a shot. That helped A LOT!!!
I still hadn’t warmed up when I went to bed. And somewhere in there I had taken a 30 minute VERY HOT shower.
I will be doing this again next year. While at this year’s I was already planning it. What a perfect place to wear your wedding gown!! (I changed my mind on that though…I cannot imagine all of that weight! The dress weighs a bazillion pounds as it is, I can’t imagine how much it would weigh soaked in water!)
Thank you to everyone who donated money to the Special Olympics to help me do this!! Thank you to TattooJen and CJ for inviting me!! And of course, thank you to my CLAD+J for coming along and cheering me on in my craziness!!! LOVE YOU ALL!!
One more picture…just because it makes me laugh…Red Solo Cup…I Fill You Up: