“I began within the spring lockdown, when a buddy of mine informed me that it was good in opposition to melancholy.
“So I began to do ice showers.
“Then through the autumn a bunch of associates of mine invited me to go to 1 pond which is close to Dejvice.
“They informed me quite a lot of issues about ice swimming and that it’s very cool and I made a decision, OK, let’s strive it, it may very well be enjoyable.
“It was the top of September so the water was not that chilly – it was round 14 levels [Celsius].
“I used to be like OK, that wouldn’t be that horrible. However then once I dived into the water I used to be like, Oh, that’s hell, I can’t try this.
“So it was sort of a extremely intense expertise.
“But it surely was very good. It was a bunch of associates, we had been exterior and it was one thing distinctive, let’s say, as a result of the second lockdown was beginning already, or we knew it was coming.
“So I used to be like, OK, that’s a fairly good passion for lockdown, so I’ll attempt to preserve doing this.”
You say that folks say it’s good for melancholy, or good in your temper. Have you ever discovered that to be the case?
“When you’re within the water, you actually can’t take into consideration the rest – it actually clears your thoughts in lots of, some ways.
“In order that’s why I believe it’s good in terms of psychological points usually.
“And after you end ice swimming your physique actually must struggle this discomfort, let’s say, so on the psychological aspect it’s very useful.
“It actually helped me to remain centered, to clear my thoughts, to maintain myself calm. That basically began to work for me.
“And that’s the primary cause I’m persevering with to do it.”
Is there any well being threat? Or have you ever ever felt you’ve bought sick since you’ve carried out it, or something like that?
“It’s mentioned that when you’re doing ice swimming you may’t go alone.
“As a result of it’s harmful – you can have some coronary heart points, or no matter.
“However I by no means had that. I had no issues with that.
“The one factor is that when your fingers are actually, actually frozen you may really feel your nerves, how they’re actually tense.
“So it was sort of a bizarre feeling. However in any other case it was OK.
“However, sure, you positively have to go along with anyone, in case one thing occurs.”
What do you need to do instantly afterwards? Do you need to dry tremendous quick and dress as shortly as doable?
“Some folks actually begin to do squats and do some workouts after that, to maintain themselves heat.
“For me it’s rather more that I’ve to remain calm a bit, so I dry myself and dress slowly – and once I have already got my garments on I begin to do some workouts to warmth myself up inside a bit.
“But it surely differs. Some folks wish to transfer lots, some folks don’t want that that a lot.
“However what’s fascinating is that proper now, when exterior is actually chilly already and the ponds are frozen, you may’t swim in them and also you simply want to face within the chilly water, with out swimming.
“And for me that’s in all probability the largest problem.
“Since you simply want to face there and meditate and focus on the chilly water, although while you swim within the chilly water it’s rather more freezing than while you stand.
“Whenever you stand you are feeling hotter. That’s sort of a paradox.
“However for me it’s sort of necessary to do one thing within the water and proper now I can’t.”