I’ve been checking my digits — all of them — regularly, and it appears I’ve survived my second New Year’s Day swim in the Mon.
But I’m not the only one. Mrs. Crappy, who had to miss our inaugural swim a year ago because of work, took the plunge for the first time Friday morning, as did a bunch of other Yinz Teamers who joined a few of the veterans on the Mon Wharf. And the swimmers enjoyed the support of a big crowd of other Yinz Teamers who came to watch, document the event and join us for postgame at the Hard Rock Cafe.
It’s kind of funny. Although it was warmer this year — about 30 degrees compared to 16 a year ago — the jump seemed a whole bunch colder to me. Last year was a crystal-clear sunny day, while it was cloudy, snowy and a little windy this time around. I don’t know if that’s what made the difference, but wow, it seemed harder in 2010.
Much was similar, though. When you hit the water, your brain just goes blank — with the small exception of thinking “getoutofthewatergetoutofthewaterrightnow.” Mrs. Crappy said the same thing I did a year ago — she’s never felt anything as cold as the Mon at 9:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
To everyone who came out, swimmers and audience alike — thanks for being there. Although jumping in a freezing river seems completely insane, I can’t think of a better way to start the year — and I can’t think of better people to start it with.
You’ll find a beautiful version of Rob’s team photo on Flickr.