Melk, Austria — A small group of people gathered around a glass box filled with ice. Inside the ice-filled box was a man wearing nothing but swim trunks. The man inside was Josef Koeberl, an ice swimmer.
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Last year, Koeberl was able to set the record for the longest full body contact with ice cubes with a time of 2 hours, 8 minutes, and 47 seconds.
Last Saturday, Koeberl broke that record by more than 20 minutes, with a time of 2 hours, 30 minutes, and 57 seconds.
In order to fight the “wave of pain” caused by the freezing temperatures, Koeberl says he was trying to focus on positive emotions.
“I’m fighting the pain by visualizing and drawing on positive emotions so I can dampen this wave of pain,” Koeberl told reporters. “That way I can endure.”
But Koeberl isn’t finished yet, as he plans on beating his own record once more next year in Los Angeles.
(Image Credit: AP Photo/ Ronald Zak)