The water hit me like a thousand needles. It wasn't uncomfortable, just shocking.
Then again, I think that was the whole point. I'd just taken my second dip into the icy Baltic Sea after enjoying 20 minutes inside Löyly, an ecofriendly public sauna in Helsinki, and this time I'd decided that instead of leisurely climbing into the water, I'd jump in, fully embracing the Finnish tradition of swimming in the winter. Oh, and did I mention that the temperature was 1 outside at the time?