7 weeks ago, I decided that I was sick of hating the cold.  It got so bad that I started dreading September because I knew October followed, and in October the temperature starts dropping.  It was taking a major toll on my happiness 7 months of the year.  
I decided it was time to face my fear and weakness head on.  It was time to embrace the cold.  If I was going to live in a cold climate, I needed to be happy in that climate.  
So, when the first snow fell, my youngest boys Forest, Reed and I went and rolled around in it.  It was painful, but exciting and invigorating also.  Instead of running from it, we would play in it.  Every day we would create a new challenge to keep it exciting.  After a couple weeks, I decided that we needed some sort of goal to work towards to keep us motivated.  And what better than a polar plunge.  I bought a water trough so we could practice dipping in the water also, and our training program was born.  Forest eventually decided that the cold wasn't for him, but Reed (who is 7 years old)  was all about it.  I'm pretty sure he motivated me more than I motivated him.  
 Here's a few videos of our training for you to enjoy.  
Side note: other than working up to a few minutes in the trough (waist deep), most of our sessions lasted a grand total of 1-2 minutes max.  I wanted to have fun with this and keep it healthy.  
So get out there and enjoy your environment.  You'll be healthier.  You'll be happier.



01/03/2017 3:38pm

I'm in full agreement with you on this topic! Every time I register for a fall Spartan Race, I nervously & repeatedly check my weather app in the weeks preceding as I pray intently for warmer conditions to prevail! It's comforting to know that Texans like me aren't the only ones who hate cold water! Thanks for the motivation!

02/08/2017 4:22pm

Facing your fear is a sign of bravery. I am really glad to know how you have managed to face what you really hate most. I think what you did is the so called appreciation. When you started to accept and appreciate the cold or temperature, you begun enjoying being on it. I think as well that it really involves our own choices. We choose to face it and as a result, it made us realize how nice the cold weather is. Anyway, thank you so much for sharing this!

Cole Menzies
01/03/2017 7:40pm

Great message in there about facing adversity Hobie and turning a negative into a positive. I like it. Thanks.


The next winter I will train too! A lot! I think it fun!

03/19/2017 3:33am

This training is too extreme for me. I don't like cold weather much.

04/09/2017 4:20pm

Thanks for this information... Love to read your articles.


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    Semi-Retired Semi-Professional Obstacle Course Racer
    1 Wife  5 Kids
    Full time HVAC Installer
    Part Time Superhero
    Kryptonite: Cold Water


    January 2017