...make your feet and fingers completely numb, as a matter of fact.
For the first time in my life I rowed through ice today.
The harbour at Bosham was covered with random sheets of ice and slush. Great cracking noises came from the bow, and the blades sliced through ice as well. I felt like the nuclear ice-breaker Lenin, pride of the Soviet fleet. Gradually, sensation returned to my fingers and toes as the exercise warmed me through, but I didn't stay out long.