Josef Koeberl broke his 2019 record, which was the current world record, by 30 minutes.
An ‘ice swimmer’ from Austria named Josef Koeberl stayed in an icebox for around 2 hours and 30 minutes, therefore breaking his own world record.
A custom made icebox was made to make this happen. Koeberl managed to stay in it for 2 hours, 30 minutes, and 57 seconds. He was sitting inside in nothing but swimming trunks with icecubes reaching till his shoulder. Around 200 kg of ice was put inside the box.
Sitting in a tub of ice, that too with no clothing whatsoever is no mean feat. Koeberl’s aim was to fight the ‘wave of pain’ which comes with coming in contact with ice. How did he try to focus in such frigid conditions? The answer was positive thoughts. “I am fighting the pain by visualizing and drawing on positive emotions so I can dampen this wave of pain,” The Guardian quoted him saying.
When he came out of the icebox, he felt great when the sun hit his back. He was quoted saying, “It felt really great.”
The event had taken place in a small Austrian town called Melk where people have gathered to see him achieve this incredibly difficult task.
This is not the first time that Koeberl has attempted this feat. Back in 2019, he had done the same. This year, he broke his last year record by 30 minutes.
For him, there is just no stopping now. Josef Koeberl wants to go one step further as well. He wants to break his current record next year, this time in Los Angeles. Well, here’s hoping that he is able to do so there as well!