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January 31, 2002
The end of the month. Twenty-one days in the water. Most days at 6, well before sunrise. Others at 5, when it’s still pitch black. The only thing lit in the sky is the occasional plane.

Either way, the pool was always crowded.

The coach set up the rules to join the polar bear club: 21 days of January workouts. What was accomplished? Over 72 miles swum. All 50 meters at a time, outdoors under the invisible stars. Only twice was the deck cold enough to freeze water. Otherwise, another mild January. Real Polar bears would’ve been sweating it out.