March 4, 2023

Challenging Myself to Take a Cold Sea Bath Before Sunrise

Andy Cao
Challenging Myself to Take a Cold Sea Bath Before Sunrise

Yesterday, I decided to take on a challenge I had been wanting to do for a long time: taking a cold sea bath before sunrise. So, the night before, I went to bed early (before 11 pm), and before falling asleep, I packed up my bath towel and clothes in a bag to save time in the morning. I had two vivid dreams during the night, which didn't affect me on what was to come.

When I woke up at around 6:40 am, the sun was nowhere in sight, but I was already wide awake and ready to go. I jumped into my car and drove to the beach, but I had never driven this early, and my car window fogged up. I stopped to check if it was on the inside or outside, but it was just the weather playing a prank on me.

Finally, around 7:10 am, I arrived at the beach, and to my surprise, there were already many people there, waiting for the sun to rise. But I couldn't wait any longer, so I quickly stripped off my clothes and walk into the ocean. The water wasn't as cold as I had anticipated, which was probably because I had been taking cold showers for more than a week. In fact, it was so comfortable that I even found it a little bit warm!

I decided to move into the deeper areas and fully immerse myself in the salty water. It was an exhilarating experience, and I couldn't help but stare at the sky, the faraway mountains, and the clouds above. Life is so beautiful.

After about 20 minutes, I got out of the water, picked up my clothes, and went to the bathroom to have another refreshing cold bath. By the time I got out, the sun had already risen, and more people had arrived at the beach to run or jog. It was like nothing had ever happened, and I couldn't help but chuckle at the thought of how much more exciting my morning had been compared to a normal day.

I got back in my car and drove home before my daughter woke up, feeling energized and accomplished. As I drove, I spoke to myself, "I'll definitely do it again!"

morning beach

morning beach

At the end I'd like to share the video I was listening to about Cold Exposure.



我在大约早上 6:40 醒来,太阳还没有出现,但我已经睡眼朦胧地准备出发了。我跳进汽车,驱车前往海滩,但我从未在这么早的时候开车,我的车窗起了雾。开了冷气也不管用,我甚至停下来检查是内部还是外部的雾气。不过这都是小破事儿。

大约在早上 7:10,我到达了海滩,已经有很多人在那里等待太阳升起。但我是已经等不及了,所以我迅速脱下衣服,跳进了海里。水并不像我想象的那么冷,这可能是因为我已经连续一个星期洗冷水澡了。事实上,是如此舒适,不太真实,以至于我甚至感到有点温暖 😂!


小20分钟后,我从水中走出来,拿起我的衣服,去海边的 bathroom 再冲了一个淡水的凉。当我走出来时,太阳已经升起了,更多的人来到海滩跑步或慢跑。就像什么也没发生一样,我暗暗地笑了,想到了今天的这个早上与我平常的比起来是多么让我兴奋和激动。挑战成功!

在女儿醒来之前,我开着车回到了家,感觉到应该大约 5 杯咖啡级别的精力充沛。在驾车回家的路上我对自己说:“我一定会再来的!”

最后分享一下给我启发的 Huberman 的视频。