Phelan, along with brothers Dominic, 19, and Patrick Barceleau, 18, also of Lynn, have taken the icy plunge since its start.
“After the third year it’s a tradition,” said Dominic. “It’s just a fun way to ring in the New Year.”
According to Dominic, it’s not so much the cold water that shocks the body, but rather the wind while getting out of the water. Not to mention that this year was much colder than last January, he said. But once they’re in and out, the cold air isn’t as noticeable.
The event’s true challenge, Patrick admitted, comes long before the starting bell.
“I think waking up in the morning is the hardest part,” he said.
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